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wandajune6wandajune6 Chicago-ish member
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Hi there!

I'm not a natural fit for this board but I thought I'd introduce myself as I've been lurking for a while!

My FI was born in Mexico but is pretty Americanized as is the majority of his family. His brothers are married to Puerto Ricans, making his "side" of the family a group of people with different cultural backgrounds and dialects. To complicate things a bit more, he was raised in Catholic schools but hasn't gone to church since his son was baptist (his son turns 15 next week).

My family is mostly Eastern European Jewish, with a healthy dose of hippy. We're not at all religious but the family is proud of our heritage.

We're in sync on a day-to-day basis but are discovering that wedding planning brings out some of our cultural/religious assumptions that we hadn't talked through.

I came on this board because I want our wedding to show respect for his Mexican culture. He's never been to a non-church wedding and, while he's comfortable with our wedding being non-religious, I know that he feels like he's missing out on a few of the traditions that he grew up with. For instance, his family often includes the lazo but he thinks it only belongs in a church. I'm now struggling to find non-Catholic Mexican traditions that we include. I'm the planner of the group so I'm letting this fall on me!

Has anyone been through this? Any recommendations?
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