The Chinese culture is very beautiful and is often a theme in American weddings. Decorating for a Chinese-themed wedding can be very fun and a way to expand your cultural knowledge. The research involved can unleash many ideas for Chinese cuisine, decorations, attire, and Chinese wedding favors. For example, instead of white being a traditional wedding color, the Chinese’s lucky color is red.
Using bouquets of Chinese flowers can be a beautiful and elegant way to have a Chinese-themed wedding. Some examples of popular Chinese flowers are peonies, orchids, and lotus blossoms. Combinations of these flowers create stunning centerpieces for wedding reception tables. It is believed that the plum blossoms combined with butterflies represents long life. Added to your floral arrangements a silk butterfly atop a plum blossom is purely exquisite.
The use of paper lanterns as decorations breathes Chinese tradition. Paper lanterns have become very popular in America in the last century, and make lovely decorations for a wedding. Even if you are not having a Chinese themed wedding, they are still an option. Some lanterns are small and strung together, while other must be hung individually. You can choose between solid colors and ones with Chinese symbols.
Some examples of mass produced Chinese wedding favors are lotus candle holders, white orchid candles, Chinese take-out boxes, white Chinese buttons, chopsticks with heart-shaped rest, lucky Chinese coins, pearly chopsticks, wooden fans, bamboo boxes, bamboo coasters, rice paper parasols, paper paddle fans, cherry blossom candles, wooden elephants, and silver happiness symbols.
An authentic Chinese wedding favor to give at your wedding is the classic fortune cookie. This Chinese wedding favor has many options to work with. They can be coated in colored shells or chocolate for a beautiful outward appearance while on the inside can hold personalized fortunes. Tea is a staple in Chinese culture, so give sachets of tea or tea cups.
Lucky bamboo is inexpensive and can add greenery to your wedding reception tables. Transplant them into bamboo steamers or tiny little pots with Chinese symbols hand-painted on the outside. They can double as card holders with name tags. Have your guests take them home as wedding favors.