Rich and vibrant in colors, Chinese weddings are among the most grandiose celebrations that signify the start of a new life together. While contemporary couples are nowadays going for a more low-key ceremony, authentic Chinese theme weddings usually include fireworks and even a traditional dragon dance. A real feast for the eyes, these weddings are also centered around red hues, a color which represents peace, love and harmony in Chinese culture.
If you want a Chinese-theme wedding, the one thing you should consider is your wedding dress color. Other than red, Gold is another hue which, according to Chinese culture, is supposed to bring luck, joy and wealth to the new couple. Hence, brides who want to adopt a more traditional look can go for a bright red and gold cheongsam wedding dresses. Still, if you don’t want to give up the big white dress, fret not: many modern Chinese brides are now going for traditional white dress but with red accessories. Think red shoes, red-stoned tiara or even ruby red earrings.
As far as the decorations and wedding favors go, it’s recommended to stick to the red color palette. You can, for example, enhance the reception with some red accents such as red tablecloths, napkins and the likes. Glasses of sparkling red wine are also going to bring a festive feel to the ceremony, without deviating from the overall theme. Crystal keychains, scented sachets, manicure sets, mini champagne bottles, mini wine glasses and monogrammed chocolates are all among the various tokens that you can present your guests with to thank them for attending your special day. To add a Chinese-feel to the favors, don’t hesitate to present them in bright red boxes.
It’s also quite important for the bridesmaids, groom and best man to keep in line with the Chinese theme wedding. Hence, while the groom can don a bright red tie, the bridesmaids can don gold or red dresses that will definitely draw attention to the overall theme.
As far as the cake goes, ask your baker to trace some typical Chinese patterns in the form of thin, dark branches and flowering trees. Of course, if you want to go all the way, don’t hesitate to go for brightly lit firecrackers that you can set off at the end of the ceremony or during the reception. Small gold bells as well as red and orange flower garlands are other small touches that are going to infuse a deep Chinese-like feel to the overall atmosphere.