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An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

October 17, 2016
An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Sophia and Paolo met through work and moved in together within a couple of months of dating. Following this, they decided to get married less than a year of being together. Sophia: “We knew it was coming and it was both what we wanted so we thought we’d just get on with it! As I’ve said before, I’m not one for showy romantic public gestures so a few discussions of ‘how we’d do it’ over a few episodes of Don’t Tell the Bride was perfect for me. We didn’t even tell anyone until we’d sent out the invitations! Ours was less ‘engaged’ and more ‘we’re getting married.’”

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Theme

“We didn’t have a theme as such however we wanted to do our best to blend our cultures and choose local suppliers. Generally we were going for the glamour of my Bangladeshi heritage mixed with my husband’s classic Italian traditions. When planning the wedding my husband and I agreed we wanted a small celebration with great food and plenty of drinks. Planning a small wedding was difficult as we both come from typically large Asian/Italian families but I don’t do well in big crowds! My family are Muslim and my husband’s family are Catholic so we made the wedding a neutral ground where family and love was the focus.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Venues

“The ceremony was held at Sheffield Botanical Gardens and the reception at The Chimney House in Sheffield. Both these venues were chosen as we wanted a vintage/eclectic feel. TCH decorated the venue for us with a few additions of our own DIY elements and the place looked wonderful. They really do have a signature style which they manage to personalise for each event that they host.”

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Caterers

Bragazzis – a local Sheffield deli catered for our ceremony and provided a delicious Italian spread of deli meats, cheeses, breads and antipasti. TCH caterers of choice PJ Taste provided the food for the reception with a glorious seasonal three course menu washed down with Prosecco. We really couldn’t recommend the caterers enough. The food was one of the best aspects of the day and our guests still rave about it!

We also had traditional bombonieres which are Italian favours of sugared almonds for the guests.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Cake

“Our cake was a glorious naked three tiered beauty which tasted as good as it looked. We went for the classic crowd pleasers of chocolate fudge, Victoria sponge and citrus poppyseed. It was created by the incredibly talented Nicky from the Secret Cake Club in Sheffield.”

Photographer/Videographer

“We had the lovely Robin Deione of 83 Photography and Tom Wilson of Hitched Productions capture our day. Both of them worked perfectly together and got along great with the guests. Any family event to follow will definitely be booking them both!”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Dress

“I’ve always known I’d want to wear Eden in Platinum by Jenny Packham. As this was a multicultural wedding I wanted to embrace both sides and Eden was perfect for this. It had the glamour of my Asian heritage with the colour and cut of a traditional European gown. I was lucky enough to order the dress before it was discontinued from The White Room bridal in Sheffield.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Groom

“Paolo wore a dark forest green Ted Baker suit which he had tailored. (I convinced him to embrace my colourful culture!) He accessorised with Ted Baker shoes and a gold pocket watch.”

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Bridesmaids

“My two bridesmaids were my stunning sister-in laws and we collectively chose gowns from Jenny Packham’s bridal range from Debenhams. Once again we chose these for the slightly Eastern glamour.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Accessories

“The shoes were Mimosa by Rachel Simpson in Ivory which I also bought from The White Room bridal. I didn’t wear any jewellery other than a pair of diamond ear-rings given to me by my mother.”

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Make Up & Henna

“The hair and make up for myself and my bridal party was done by freelance MUA Julia Jeckell. A few days before the wedding I had my mehndi done by the wonderful Subbia – known on Instagram as themehndigirl. I cannot recommend her enough. She is such a lovely person and lucky for me she massively undercharges for such an amazing talent.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Flowers

“The flowers were supplied by local florist Swallows and Damsons. Their work is like something out of a fairy-tale!”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Transport

“As I mentioned, I’m a little bit afraid of attention so I was never going to be making a grand entrance in a fancy car! So we all made our journeys between the ceremony and reception on a vintage bus supplied by the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company.

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Easiest part of wedding planning

“Definitely picking the food! My husband and I are massive foodies so being able to pick a day’s worth of eats was so much fun for us. Our caterers exceeded themselves and the food is still a talking point for our guests.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Hardest part of wedding planning

“Coming from very large Asian/Italian families but wanting a small wedding was very difficult. We ended up having to be really brutal with the guest list. Our chosen venue could only hold a max of 50 people. We’d booked the wedding before telling anyone of our intentions so this really helped to ensure that we didn’t end up having a big wedding just to please others. Asian and Italian weddings tend to be an open door policy with mass catering to accommodate for hundreds but we didn’t want to be so overwhelmed on the day.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc?

“In the interest of being completely honest for other couples, my wedding wasn’t the best example of mixing two faiths however it is a great example of mixing two cultures. The reality of it was that neither of my parents attended and my younger sister wasn’t allowed to. Some relatives made it clear that it wouldn’t really be ‘their thing.’ Only my youngest aunt, my uncle and their lovely children attended and I’m very grateful that they made such an effort to be part of the day.

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

My husband and I wanted to make our wedding a neutral ground for religion with a civil ceremony but emphasise the similarities of our cultures – which at their core is about food and family. Sadly, on my side, they were unable to make any compromises throughout the process so we did our best to make the day great for my husband’s family, who have welcomed me like their own. I genuinely couldn’t ask for better in laws.”

An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Advice to give to other multicultural couples

“It really helped that my husband and I had arranged almost everything before telling our friends and family. That way we were able to make the day almost completely ours and we didn’t have to compromise on the big things.

You might need to accept that there are some people who won’t approve of your choices but you’re marrying the person you have chosen to be with and they are worth more than the ones who can’t be happy for you.”       An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding  An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding  An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding  An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding An Italian Bangladeshi Multicultural wedding

Suppliers

Photography: 83 Photography

Videography: Hitched Productions

Transport: Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company Ltd

Ceremony: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Reception: The Chimney House

Catering: Bragazzis

Food: PJ Taste

Dress:  Jenny Packham

Bridal shoes: Rachel Simpson

Dress & Shoes Stockist: The White Room bridal

Groom’s suit & shoes: Ted Baker

Bridal hair and make up: Julia Jeckell

Henna:  themehndigirl

Florist Swallows and Damsons

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