There’s so much to love about multicultural weddings (the food! the interesting languages! the clothes!). But what I love the most are the creative ideas couples come up with to honor their heritage while staying true to themselves at their wedding.
A Guide Bride contacted me recently because she wanted to incorporate her groom’s Middle Eastern heritage in the invites and place cards, but she couldn’t find appropriate wedding stationary with Arabic writing. As someone who did the same fruitless search 7 years ago, I suggested an alternative that didn’t involve ordering invitations from an international vendor. (Will it arrive in time? What’s the currency exchange again?)
Instead of trying to find an invitation that perfectly meshes Western style with Mideast writing, give yourself a break and choose a Western wedding invitation that very subtly mimics that gorgeous, swirly Arabic calligraphy. (Wedding Paper Divas’ “Stylish Swirl” invites would do the trick!) Have a friend, family member, or professional calligrapher write out the bride and groom’s name to create your own unique wedding monogram, then take it to your local office supply store to have a personalized stamp made. The stamp can serve as a seal for the invitations, and it can also double as an inexpensive way to DIY your own place cards.
Now, if only deciding who makes it onto your final guest list was just as simple…
For more ideas on how to combine cultures at a wedding, read our 12 Tips for Planning a Multicultural Wedding.