I’m currently snuggled up on the sofa with my laptop and a lit warm apple pie yankee candle. It’s seriously so good. When the words Welsh Fijian Wedding hit my inbox, this was a new type of multicultural wedding that I haven’t featured on the blog before. Rachel, our bride, was on a girly night out in Chester while Leo was out with his rugby friends after a match. They swapped numbers and met up for a coffee the day after. It as over the cup of java that he revealed that he was a member of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and his regiment were to flew to Afghanistan that evening. They wrote to each other over 5 months until Leo returned for his period of R&R.
It was Christmas Eve and Leo had arranged for them both to go to a meal at Miller and Carter. It was their official first date, so Rachel was absolutely blown away that, after ordering champagne, Leo proposed! She of course said yes!
Wedding Planning Obstacles
In Fijian culture, wedding invitations don’t really exist… guests are invited through word of mouth. This proved difficult as the couple were unable to define definite numbers for the big day. Luckily the venue were very accommodating. The ceremony was also a challenge from a language point of view; Welsh hymns, English readings and Fijian songs, although the fusion of these cultures was what made the day so special. They decided to have the ceremony in Wales near Rachel’s family, and the honeymoon in Fiji … the weather definitely helped sway their decision! Plus Rachel felt very passionate about having the ceremony in her childhood church.
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths, culture, etc?
Rachel knew that it would be more challenging to plan a wedding when the couples are from different backgrounds, but the couple felt it was very important to embrace both cultures. They incorporated traditional Fijian food, drinks and music, they it was these types of aspects that really made their special day unique. Along with tailored suits, there was a number of people wearing brightly coloured Fijian shirts.
Wedding Planning Decisions
The couple agreed that they both loved their cultures and where they are from. Both families embraced everything and learnt a lot about each others customs. For example during the evening reception, the Fijians invited the Welsh guests to partake in a traditional kava ceremony to celebrate their relationship. This is where the root of the kava plant is ground into a powder and mixed with water, and drank by all. The mixture of these rituals were to ensure all guests felt at ease and enjoyed every moment.
Advice for other multicultural couples
Rachel and Leo suggest that you have to embrace each other’s cultures equally, or essentially the relationship won’t work. In addition, your wedding should be about staying true to yourself and making sure that you give your friends and family a unique experience.
Ceremony: The Church of St Matthew, Buckley, Wales
Reception: Highfield Hall, Northop, Wales
Dress Supplier: Curves and Couture
Wedding Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Groomsmen Suit Supplier: Military Attire
Cake Supplier: Cake! By Nadine
HMUA: Stef Morgan
Flowers Supplier: Jones the Gardeners
Reception Band: Newborn
Photographer: Gareth Davies