One of the best things about our jobs is to help stretch the imagination of our brides and grooms. Although weddings are steeped in traditions – who says it has to feel stuffy and old? Whether couples are planning their wedding with reference to Western wedding traditions and/or Chinese wedding traditions, or even both – there are always avenues that we help facilitate as wedding planners that help create something distinctly unique so that you can have that modern Chinese wedding.
Here are some brilliant ideas that can help create that modern Chinese wedding.
1) Venue – We realize that many parents, and possibly even the bride and groom may have a stigma against serving authentic Chinese banquet food in any other wedding venue other than a Chinese restaurant because they fear that the quality of the food will be subpar. Well, we would tend to agree if we were not familiar with so many non-Chinese restaurants that were capable of producing a high calibre of authentic Chinese cuisine. When you consider places like hotels, banquet halls, unique venues like Graydon Hall, etc. for your perfect wedding venue – then you need to also be very knowledgeable about what kitchen facilities are required for the production of an authentic Chinese wedding banquet meal. This is one of the primary reasons why we are hired time and time again by couples; to help facilitate their search in finding their ultimate dream wedding venue location. Our clients simply want to host their wedding in an awesome envirornment other than a Chinese restaurant.
Here’s a fabulous location that had lots of crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, pin lighting, marble flooring, outdoor ceremony location, etc. The venue is both regal and elegant. The finishes are impeccable.
2) Attire – many of our brides choose to wear a Chinese dress or Cheongsam for their tea ceremony and also for the toasting of the table. Who says that it needs to be made from the standard Dragon and Phoenix red silk brocade fabric? We love how our bride Yin-Lynn was inspired to choose a red satin fit and flare gown with a Phoenix embroidered and beaded on it. What a fabulous twist to a classic Chinese wedding dress.
3) Double Happiness symbol – at so many Chinese weddings, this symbol is something that some of us might take it for granted. After all, this golden symbol is very hard to miss when it is featured so prominently and frequently at Chinese wedding celebrations. We love how our groom’s uncle – being a professional water colour artist was able to transform this symbol into something really special for the couple. We then helped create custom stationery pieces that were able to showcase this distinct artistic motif on the table numbers, place cards, menu scrolls, ceremony programs, and favour tags.
4) Red signing cloth – again another custom creation with our design team and the groom’s uncle’s artistic motif. A modern twist to the traditional silk red cloth that is used in place of a guest book. A definite winning collaboration in our books! The couple was then able to immediately have it framed as a momento with all their guests’ signatures.
5) Lamp centrepieces – there has always been an historical significance for the use of laterns in Chinese culture. It is used to signal the close of the Chinese New Year celebrations. The lantern festival occurs on the first full moon and laterns represents the completion of this period of harmony and ’roundness’ because they lead the way home for festival guests. The day of lanterns sends the blessing of harmony, order and unity to remain with everyone for the rest of the year. Chinese laterns can also be a symbol of brightness, happiness and reunion. When one sees red Chinese laterns, one should feel a sense of warmth, happiness and a joyous atmosphere.
We took a more Western approach to the latern and used a lampshade that was lit from within because the couple wanted to wish their guests harmony and unity; which is quite fitting when you think about the significance of couples getting married. The wedding celebration itself means the joining of two lives, two families and two groupings of friends. Giving good wishs of harmony and unity during a joyous wedding celebration is the ideal scenario!
We’d love to hear about your thoughts in how you modernized your very own Chinese wedding celebrations. Please feel free to comment.
Wendy will be in the southern California area between August 25 to 31st so if you have any ideas that you want to consult with wedding planner about your very own Chinese wedding, please email us at services@AsianFusionWeddings.com and we would be more than happy to try and meet up with you. She will be travelling in Los Angeles, Carmel, Monterey and Santa Barbara. Book you consultation early to ensure that any of your burning questions get addressed because this is a time limited opportunity!!