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#1 MDLady

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    Posted 24 March 2010 - 03:45 PM

    I'm having a melting pot overload over here so I need some of your ladies' feedback.

    I was born and raised in Russia so my family is Russian-Jewish. My fiance was born and raised in Argentina so his family is Argentinian-Jewish. His family is traveling from Argentina (my excuse to have the wedding in Aruba YAY!!!).

    So my dilemma is.... Jewish music, Russian music, American music, Argentinian/Spanish music... Then island music. It becomes either a beautiful mix of cultures or a complete mess.

    Our wedding planner is suggesting a steel drum solo for the ceremony but it's a traditional Jewish ceremony with a rabbi, how in the world does steel solo go with it?

    I am so confused trying to incorporate all of the elements. I am tempted to leave out the island sound since we will obviously have to do Jewish, Russian, and Spanish.

    Anyone else having the same issue with too many cultures mixing on the big day??

    #2 Thomasjsgirl

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      Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:36 PM

      Originally Posted by MDLady
      It becomes either a beautiful mix of cultures or a complete mess.
      I vote for the "beautiful mix of cultures". Both backgrounds should be celebrated! As for the steel drums, even though you're having a traditional ceremony, you're having it in an untraditional setting. I think the steel drums would be a great way of incorporating the islands into your ceremony.
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      #3 ~*Lisa*~

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        Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:46 PM

        I say that you should use the type that means something to the both of you. Just because you're getting married on an "island" doesn't mean that you should use "island" music. If Russian, Jewish or Spanish music are traditional, then I would stick with that for at least the ceremony. Afterwards, go crazy with whatever you like. That's just my 2 cents anyway!

        #4 **~Linda~**

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          Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:47 PM

          I vote for beautiful mix of cultures as well :). Im Puerto Rican, my husband is Italian- American and it was a gorgeous blend of Latin/Italian/American/Island music...

          #5 KarenM

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            Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:27 PM

            I also vote for beautiful mix of cultures! Maybe you could have the steel drum music play as guests arrives, before the processional. Or have them play a more traditional song with the steel drums. You can definitely make it work if it's important to you to incorporate it.
            Good luck!

            #6 mnh1983

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              Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:56 PM

              I think you can have a nice mixture as long as you transition the music smoothly! Celebrate who you are!

              #7 Sloan

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                Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:48 PM

                I don't think it will be a mess. It's who you are and who your extended family is. Embrace it. If it were me, I'd play all of it.

                #8 Angel-in-Law

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                  Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:15 AM

                  I think its wonderful that you have so many cultures to celebrate. Definitely incorporate them all!

                  #9 MDLady

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                    Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:38 PM

                    Thank you ladies. I love all of our cultures and it is wonderful, I'm just struggling to see how it will work for the actual wedding. Do we do like a spanish hour, russian hour, jewish hour, island hour at the reception for people to dance to? Or just throw all the styles together? That's the part that I'm really confused about.

                    I don't want to leave any of those out because obviously they are so important to us. I'm just concerned about how to make the transitions smooth, as mnh1983 said.

                    Linda, how did you do the transitions??

                    #10 **~Linda~**

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                      Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:51 PM

                      See our transitions were pretty nice. In the cocktail hour we played smooth spanish music, then smooth italian pop, from there we went to some songs had like an island vibe to them(specifically Cultura Profetica check them out) which transitioned nicely into American music like Jason Mraz (etc.), which then moved to light rock in English and Spanish. The same sort of applied to when we were eating or the down times when the band wasnt playing!.
                      At the reception hour we had a great band and they did a great job at blending the spanish and american music together. We had a blast it went from classic rock, to 80's music(yeah we are totally 80's fans), to salsa/merengue and then had a Batuplena(congos, trumpets, tamborines etc band) show up and blast the party out with native prcan music. The show ended with some awesome american music and some spanish rock...
                      At our AHR the same thing applied. The DJ really did just look for the beats and blended all 3 cultures amazingly!
                      God I hope this isnt to confusing but just know it blends just look for the different beats and the tones you want to set and mix it up :)! Hope this helps

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