For my first real wedding post, a fusion wedding set in picturesque Hampshire that created a grand platform to showcase two very different backgrounds and cultures.
Chris and I opted for a civil ceremony, as we wanted a ceremony that we were both familiar with and one that did not focus on religion. We decided on this route due to the difficulties of marrying a different faith in a religious setting. This was our personal choice and not everyone agreed, but it was the choice that felt right for us.
Our civil ceremony and wedding reception took place at Froyle Park in Hampshire. Froyle Park is a gorgeous country estate surrounded by 80 acres of glorious countryside that offers exclusive use plus accommodation for guests.
We decided on a no children policy for our civil as we felt children would get bored and we wanted to ensure a quiet ceremony.
To keep our little guests entertained, we hired a babysitter who had a range of activities available in the kids’ room.
The Civil Ceremony
The civil ceremony took place in the grand ballroom that was adorned with flowers from White Lilac and chair hoods from Preeti Catering.
Guests arrived to the soft sound of the guitar being played by Ben from Daisy Dance duo.
At 3pm it was time for me to walk down the aisle to ‘life house: you & me’ sung beautifully by Daisy.
Our ceremony had additional vows and two readings read by my sister and Chris’ sister.
We walked out to American Authors: Best day of my life with our guests blowing bubbles.
For our drinks reception, the guests had the opportunity to discover the different rooms in the house, sign the guest book and enjoy our entertainment that consisted of Daisy Dance Duo performing, a caricaturist and a magician.
To incorporate both cultures we decided to have fusion canapés. Our guests loved the masala fish and chips served in cones and mini lamb burgers. We also had two food stations to entice our guests; a fresh fruit stand and a papdi chaat station.
Guests found their seats using our tree seating plan and entered the grand ball room that had been transformed into a stunning evening reception with four different table centre pieces all tied together with our colour scheme: Dusky Pink
Guests enjoyed our photo PowerPoint before our entrance as husband and wife. We cut our huge cake that was kindly made by Aunty at sweet success bakery.
The first dance is always daunting and we chose our song the day before the wedding due to last minute changes!
Our cuisine choice was Punjabi Indian food by Preeti catering who everyone loved! The service, attention to detail and personal service was noted by all. The variety of food pleased the guests and our English desserts of an Oreo cheesecake and fresh fruit tart went down a treat.
To incorporate both cultures, our favours were homemade marmalade by Granny Coombs.
Gin Factory. A self-service cocktail bar for all the gin lovers!
A finger print guest book
A portable photo booth with props so guests could capture all the funny moments wherever they were in the house.
We had Calibar DJ for our wedding music that played a mixture of English and Indian music that enticed everyone on to the dance floor!
Late Night Nibbles
For those who wanted a snack, we provided a traditional cheese board complete with English Chutneys and Cheeses.
Advice for other multicultural, interfaith, fusion weddings
You can’t please everyone so don’t try to! Everyone will have lots of views and opinions about your big day. Listen and respect each comment, then include the best bits from each other’s cultures to make your day truly unique. Remember to focus on what is important to you and your fiancé and incorporate as much as you are both comfortable with.
Venue: Froyle Park
Dress: Lusan Mondougus from Surrey Brides
Make up: Laaj Lally
Groom & Groomsmen’s suits: Victor Valentine
Florist: White Lilac
Catering: Preeti Catering
Photographer: Arpna Mehta Photography
Videographer: Epic Media
Toastmaster: Jonathan Waterman
Magician: Red Hat Magic
Band: Daisy Dance Duo
Caricaturist: Savage Caricatures