Culture …

It’s a beautiful thing!

Heading out to your first cultural wedding reception is an exciting experience.  There are so many amazing traditions in different cultures that can take you away and broaden your mind.

Cultural Themes

I love the idea of Henna for our Indian brides, or brides marrying into the Indian culture.  I love the idea of the formal dance leading into the reception from the African community.  The changing of the dresses and what that represents in the Asian community.  In the Irish culture, a tradition of hand-fasting takes place during the ceremony.  The breaking of the glass under a beautifully decorated huppah represents the Jewish community.  Scottish heritage has the groom wearing a kilt.  All these things can be wrapped up into your ideal look or feel on your special day.

Tastes of many cultures

There is also the food and beverage that can bring your culture to your event.  People with an Irish background may choose a boiled meal and a hearty beer.  African culture will bring you jollof rice and “He/She” punch!   Greek culture brings to us roasted lamb and white candies which are given as favors to represent the couple’s unity.  Although not necessarily a culture, if you are from the mid-west you may likely choose beef from a local cattle ranch.

Colorful Cultural Decor

Décor and dress from different cultures and religions is amazing and beautiful as well.  The stories you will learn behind a Nigerian wedding with their “attendants” wearing the same print of fabric to one wearing a grandmother’s veil or the significance of a garter or a charm in one’s bouquet.  Colors, fabrics, flowers … so many different ways to celebrate and embrace your culture or religion in both subtle or not so subtle ways.

No matter what your background, religion or culture is, celebrate it on your special day!  Guests love not only learning about different traditions and cultures but have so much fun trying new dances, foods and beverages, as well.


Lori T

Facility Manager at Historic Oakland

Wedding Venue in Columbia, MD

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