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Have a Combo ceremony

Sometimes this means having one religion dominate the ceremony but having an officiant of the other then also bless the union. This is best if you don't mind focusing on one religion, but would like the presence of the other as well. There are many ways to try to accommodate more than one religion in your ceremony and there are many interfaith versions of traditionally religious rituals. For example, the Jewish Ketubah, the contract which bride and groom usually sign in a religious ceremony, can be found in non-denominational or inter-denominational forms. It may be much easier than you think to put together a ceremony that pays homage to both sides equally without being too gimmicky or segmented. In the end, many of the wedding traditions from all cultures and faiths have similarities; try to embrace them as much as possible.

Have a spiritual, but non-specific ceremony

This is something that is more common than you might think. Rev. Alma Daniels, who has performed many interfaith marriages, explains: "Most frequently, if parents are not having fits about the future spouse not being of the same faith or persuasion, I do a ceremony that avoids elements that are obviously of a particular tradition. I include rites and rituals that are identified with each religion, such as a wine ceremony, which can be specific to the Jewish and Christian faiths. Then I will make reference to the fact that this ritual is common to both."   If you steer clear of the tension-building situations and avoid specific theological language you might be able to more easily focus on the importance of the ceremony, which is the union of two people in love.

Get your parents involved

If parents are equally involved in an aspects of the wedding that are important to them, they may feel more comfortable embracing the whole notion of "share and share alike".

Offer to pay for the ceremony

If both families are still uncomfortable with the idea of the ceremony, GroomGroove.com suggests being firm. It isn't going to get any easier when you and your wife decide where to send your children to school! Offer to pay for the ceremony and all the elements that go into it - the flowers, the hall, the officiant, everything. If neither your parents nor hers are putting money toward something that they disagree with, it can make the whole experience much more palatable.

Have a friend ordained

It's easier than you think to have someone you really love and trust ordained and be the officiant at your wedding. If this is something you feel strongly about, make it happen! Each state has application forms to allow lay persons to be ordained.

The question of faith is one that can strain any relationship, especially a burgeoning one. Don't let your ceremony be something that splits you apart when its entire purpose is to bring you together.

 

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