How the rise of the internet has shaped the interfaith, multicultural and fusion wedding
WHEN THE TERM “Global Village” was first used in the early seventies, we had no idea how accessible the world would really be. Not just from travel, but the internet has come to revolutionise our perception of the world as we can visit where we wish and shop all over the world from the comfort of our sofas. The rise of the internet and social media ‘globalisation’ has meant people are meeting each other across continents, cultures and faiths as well much more easily and with that developing connections and partnerships.
The Arabian Tent Company has always been a fusion – firstly with the tents which are a combination of Western practicality and Eastern design and then of course with the interiors which are inspired also from travels to countries such as Mexico, Morocco and India. We love the word ‘fusion’ (the process of joining two or more things together to form a single entity) and this word has an energy about it and when one thinks of fusion cooking, it inspires thoughts of new combinations, new flavours – new excitements.
It’s what makes the Cornish Cream and Bombay Boudoir combination of interiors such a marriage made in heaven!
The Fusion Wedding is ever-increasing and wedding marquee tents have come a long way from their first inception. Here at ATC, we are a world away, offering Moroccan themed tents - the Arabian, Raj, Bombay, Mexican-inspired tents - the Viva La Fiesta - and not to mention Arts and Crafts inspired British inspired interiors - the William Morris and Cornish Cream, and when combined, make a perfect design for your fusion wedding!
With the growth of multicultural, interfaith and fusion weddings – people from different faiths and cultures coming together in union - what more could a couple want but a day that fuses their cultures, their stories – a combination creating completeness.
This is multiculturalism personified – something to be embraced and enjoyed by all. It’s also a time when couples can display interesting combinations, putting their own stamp on their wedding, incorporating each of their own traditions.
For example, one could have a church ceremony on one day and the traditional Indian wedding on another day, we have had one bride who had the church ceremony in the morning, followed by a Hindu wedding ceremony in the afternoon and then a reception thereafter, this can be a long day and the timing can be really tight – we were left with very little time for the portraits for instance, so consider splitting the days and giving each celebration its own day.
A secret garden party fusion wedding with Caribbean infusions
We were lucky enough to be able to provide our marquees for this lovely couple, Shanti and Andrew Davies. Shanti spent a lot of her childhood in Barbados, and so for her wedding we had little infusions of Caribbean at her Church wedding, such as a steel pan band, which added a nice twist.
Shanti had obviously put a lot of thought and planning into her wedding and all the little details really helped make her day look extra special.
Our contribution to this celebration was in providing the Cornish Cream tent to dine in, connected to the Bombay Boudoir marquee for the bar and dance area with finishing touches such as cocktail tables with twinkling Indian parasols outside, and a fire bowl for bringing friends together at night.
Chiddingly cricket pitch in East Sussex was the perfect setting for the reception for this fusion wedding and we hope you enjoy sharing it with them.
Tell us how you met and got engaged.
Sri Lanka on Christmas Day. I could tell Andrew was really nervous but I thought it was because it hadn’t stop raining and it was supposed to be bright sunshine, as we had an unexpected monsoon in December. After we handed out all our presents he got down on one knee and took me by such surprise. Afterwards, we drank lots of champagne (probably too much) and practised our first dance. It was a beautiful day, even with the downpour.
How was your day unique?
It was unique in so many ways, we had a flying drone for aerial shots of our guests and also a steel pan band to bring the Caribbean alive. We decided on a steel pan band as I had spent lots of my childhood in Barbados, as everyone made their way from the church to the marquee they could hear the soft drums on the steel pan and it really felt like we were in the Caribbean, It was idyllic with the sun shining!
We wanted our cake to be unique and had been to several other weddings and found that nobody ever really ate the wedding cake so we wanted a grazing station of things that people would demolish in the evening! I had heard of a trend from New York for ‘Pork Pie’ wedding cakes and so we ordered one from ‘The Ginger Pig’ butchers in Clapham, it was three flavours, traditional pork pie flavour and then the top was venison and other wild game the middle was pork, chicken, ham and tarragon. We noticed everyone had tucked into it past midnight!
We also had a 5 tiered cheeseboard with various locally sourced cheese from a wonderful supplier ‘Greys Cheese Direct’ in Berkshire and Andrews mum created the BEST onion chutney to go with it with figs and grapes. Some of my friends had also created a few small cakes and salted caramels which people ate in abundance at the end of the evening.
Originally I wanted a teepee or yurt but when we came across the Arabian Tent Company in Firle and I knew we had found the one.
Katherine, who owns the company, was so accommodating and gave us great advice on where to put the dance floor, we also felt the bar had to be very close so we designed the marquee in an L-shape and everything felt really cosy, but most importantly it had a party atmosphere!
So, if you want your wedding to be stunning, unique, memorable and the perfect show of multifaith love, call us and we will help you plan your perfect day. There are no limits to a Fusion Wedding – only the bride and grooms’ imagination!
Contact Us to see how we can help with your interfaith, multicultural or fusion wedding.
Thank you to all those that helped with Shanti and Andrews wedding:
Photographer and Videographer: Mihoci Studios - David and his wife Ena Mihoci from Croatia
Flowers: Pats Flowers, Hailsham
Cake: The Ginger Pig Butchery in Clapham designed and created our three tiered pork pie wedding cake.
Caterers: Sarah Saunders from Taste Adventure in Sussex
Music: Steel pan band: 'Solid Steel' from London for the reception and then the 'Brenthouse Band', a 9 piece party band.
Shamila and Luke's wedding:
Photography: Joe Dodsworth
Jaime and Martin's Wedding:
Photography: Rory Lindsay