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Fete Chinoise – a modern cultural experience at Shangri-la Toronto

The beauty of Chinese history, culture, language, traditions and rituals are now viewed by some Asians as “old”, “outdated”, and “irrelevant”.  Actually, there is nothing more rejuvenating and fresh than reinterpreting traditional rituals for a modern wedding experience.  Perhaps some no longer appreciate the ways of the old, because they simply may not appreciate the significance of each ritual.  Fete Chinoise brings another lens to the experience of being Chinese.

This last segment of this three part series of blog posts on Fete Chinoise is filled with a lot of eye candy from the table top displayed in 3 different rooms.  We have our favourite – which one is yours?

There were two rooms that were decked out in red, which is a lucky colour for Chinese weddings.  Red also signifies love, joy and happiness as well.  The first room was the Summerhill Room in the Shangri-la Toronto.  World renown floral designer Jeff Latham has been wowing audiences with his floral work that is slightly submerged in clear cylinder vases.  In this modern setting, the showcase of floral groupings prevails in this space featuring amaryllis, tulips and cymbidium orchids.  The play on red was magnified with the use of red table linens, red glassware, red charger plates and red ghost chairs.

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Individual place settings were accented by a single red cymbidium bloom flanked by gold flatware, gold napkin rings and menu cards that were foiled in gold.

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The other red room design was seen in the Ossington Room of the Shangri-la Toronto.  This table top featured low centrepieces with accents of black in the wall backdrop, napkins, chair details and glassware.  The  predominant flowers displayed were amaryllis and roses.

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The final floral display was entitled the Fine Dining Hall in the Museum Room of Shangri-la Toronto.  It was meant to feel like the modern tale of dining at the Imperial Summer Palace.  The florals were executed by Jackie O impeccably!!  The dark emerald green sequin linens really grounded the table scape, while the graceful floral arrangements gave the ambiance a sense of grandeur.  Gold sunburst charger plates enhanced the gold rim stemware and gold flatware on the table.

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This is our final blog about this fundraising experience for Mon Sheong Foundation.  We hope that you have been tempted just a little bit to have a modern Chinese wedding of your own and that you will come out to support a great cause next year!!

Wendy is a Toronto WEDDING PLANNER whose specialty is “East marries West” weddings in the Greater Toronto Area, New York area, Vancouver area, Los Angeles area, Southern California and in the beautiful destination of Bali, Indonesia.

Whether you need wedding planning assistance or wedding day coordination, Wendy can help you design your most memorable wedding day. CONTACT HER today, she’d love to hear from you.


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