Planning an interfaith wedding can be more complicated than organizing a political détente. Each family is firmly rooted in time honoured traditions and religious beliefs and it may appear as if never the twain shall meet. But with a little diplomacy and a lot of patience, your interfaith wedding can be a happy occasion with two families sharing an important common bond – the two of you.

Trying to keep both families happy is certainly going to be a challenge and the reality is that neither family is going to be perfectly satisfied. It is often said that a good compromise leaves both parties unsatisfied. Formulate a clear idea of what you as a couple want to have at your wedding. Take the time to really listen to both families and try to understand what the real issues are. Then try to incorporate the cultural and religious elements that would best satisfy each family and will work with the wedding that you have envisioned for yourselves.

Weave elements of both religions into the ceremony. A knowledgeable Officiant with experience in conducting interfaith ceremonies will be able to offer invaluable advice. You may also have a representative of each of your religions offer a special blessing or prayer during or after the service. Consider wearing a culturally traditional wedding outfit or incorporate elements of it into your wedding attire. At the reception be mindful of the dietary restrictions of both cultures and make sure that the food is appealing to both families. The rage in wedding cuisine right now is a variety of ethnic foods so you will not only make both families happy but you will be a trend setter. Keep an open mind and the process will probably be much less stressful than you anticipate.