Interfaith Weddings and Interfaith Marriages
Today, there are more and more couples that are getting married despite coming from different religious backgrounds. These interfaith marriages can be very difficult to appease both sets of parents when trying to plan the wedding and its ceremony.
Religion plays a big part in most communities and when couples plan to marry from different backgrounds it can put a strain on the relationship trying to accommodate both sets of traditions at the upcoming wedding.
Getting married is a big commitment that young couples make but its not the only one. Now it is no longer just about you. There's someone else who you have to care and worry about. Then there's the added pressure of interest rates being on the rise should you buy a home to live in. Most couples begin a family soon after marriage. These are all pressures that can compound the difficulties for interfaith marriage couples.
Marriage and weddings are a traditional ceremony with many different cultures and religions having their own traditions.
It is important that you discuss these traditions, if there are any, with both sets of parents. You can also discuss these traditions with both sets of priests before speaking to the parents.
Involving the parents
While the younger generation of today is a little more relaxed towards interfaith marriages, the parents are usually less liberal in their views about interfaith marriages.
The best way to get the parents onside is to ask them what do they think is important and should be included as part of the wedding ceremony.
By asking them for their advice you will give them a sense of involvement and responsibility to not only your wedding but to their faith and culture.
One of the things that you and your fiance will have to discuss is where to hold your wedding ceremony. You have two options here. Either one of you will need to compromise your view on how important it is to be married in your place of worship or you can have your wedding ceremony on a neutral ground such as a garden.
If you and your fiance plan on having ceremonies from both cultures and religions as part of your wedding then you may wish to provide them with a booklet that explains the ceremonies, their importance and significance.
Interfaith Marriage an Advantage
An interfaith marriage has one advantage that same faith marriages don't have. The bride and groom from an interfaith marriage must be able to communicate and discuss with a level head about one of the most passionate topics ever, religion. Throughout the history of time there have been many wars over religion and if you and your partner are able to accommodate each others traditions and beliefs, then you have a better chance than most of growing old together.
Remember, marriage isn't easy and when the time comes to begin a family, you and your partner will have these same religious discussions again if you haven't done so when planning your wedding.