BB has had the thrill of planning several multi-cultural weddings, and even multi cultural INSPIRED weddings. But, here's the thing... you don't have to be of a certain race or religion to appreciate and incorporate other cultures into your wedding. If you are passionate about another culture and their traditions, then pay tribute to it. Here are my two cents:
Indian: What you decide to incorporate is dependent on the religion and region of India, but the Indian weddings I have designed have been predominately red and gold with truly amazing mandaps (the alter) and over the top decoration and décor. And OMG! The entertainment is truly phenomenal! Bengal dancers, belly dancers and dohl players provide incredible entertainment and can bring out the joy and energy in ANY crowd! Also brideys, if you really want to have fun with a different culture, then try some henna to decorate your hands and feet! It's just beautiful!
Chinese: Red is the color of weddings in China. It denotes happiness, love and wealth, and is used in several ways throughout the wedding planning process. (Um... perhaps that's why Vera Wang designed her A MAZ ING red wedding dress collection? Happiness, love and wealth... RIGHT?!).
The wedding invitations are traditionally red (and gold), the wedding dress is red (well, the first of several dresses) and even the envelopes (filled with money for the bride and groom) are red. Brideys, red is also an amazingly passionate color and for many it's an aphrodisiac! So set the mood for you and your guests with some red!
Greek: We've all seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but if you haven't experienced the true joy of attending one, you are missing out! First of all, they crown each other during the ceremony! The bride and groom are literally seen are king and queen for the day... And if that's not enough for you, play some Greek music or hire some dancers to get the party started. I've never planned (or attended) a Greek wedding where anybody was sitting down!
Jewish: No matter the religion, several of my couples incorporate a chuppah into their ceremony. It symbolizes the home you will build together as a couple. It's open on all four sides representing hospitality and love. You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate this tradition!
Spanish/Latin American: Music music music... Whisk your guests away from reality with a mariachi band, some Sangria and paella! Or you could dance your first dance as husband and wife in the center of a heart created by your guests on the dance floor. I mean... how romantic is that?
How's THAT for different and unique?