Blended or Multi Cultural Wedding Ceremonies

At Marry Me Ireland we pride ourselves in being the only ‘non agenda’ celebrants in Ireland. We are happy to cater for all faiths and none and can create blended ceremonies, combining the traditions of both families. Firstly, we explain about blended ceremonies.

What is a Blended or Interfaith Wedding Ceremony?

In modern Irish society there is an ever increasing demand for inter-faith, multi-cultural, blended ceremony. This simply means that couples will devise with the help of a celebrant a way in which to incorporate traditions and rites from both of their backgrounds. This might be religious practices are blended together or cultural customs are carried out to represent and celebrate the person’s background. Interfaith marriage, traditionally called “mixed marriage”, is marriage between partners with different religions. Although interfaith marriages are most often contracted as civil marriages, in some instances they may be contracted as a religious marriage. A lay person can also carry out either a legal or non-legally binding ceremony blending both faiths or traditions into the marriage.

An example of a recent interfaith ceremony performed by one of our Marry Me Ireland celebrants Ciaran McCauley. He recently performed a Jewish-Irish marriage in Sligo for Laura and David and this is what he had to say about the experience:

“I had the pleasure of incorporating some traditional Jewish wedding traditions into a ceremony earlier this year. The Badeken or first look is a private ceremony held for the immediate families of the bride and groom. The groom and his family wait in a private room, the bride knocks and enters with her family, she approaches her groom from behind and he turns to see her. This was a very special moment and the emotion of the occasion sprung some tears and much laughter. The families then said a few words to the couple and each other and the Ketubah (Marriage Contract) was signed by the bride and groom and two witnesses. The groom then placed the veil over his bride. This veiling ritual reminds the Jewish people of how Jacob was tricked into marrying the wrong woman, as her face was covered by her veil. The wedding party then proceeds to the Chuppah or wedding canopy where the ceremony takes place. The Chuppah symbolizes the new home being built by the couple when they become husband and wife. The bride circles the groom seven times, in the Bible, seven denotes perfection or completeness. After the exchange of rings and a Celtic Handfasting ceremony the groom broke a glass with his right foot and all the guests shouted “Mazel tov!” which means “Congratulations!” There are many different explanations for the breaking of the glass. Today, the shattering of the glass is an irrevocable action, just as marriage itself leaves us forever changed.”

If you would like a blended or interfaith ceremony then contact us at info@marrymeireland.ie today or see our range of different ceremonies that will suit you.

Images thanks to Jam Shoots Photography.