Asian wedding traditions offer inspiration for many other cultures and countries, and guests will enjoy the opportunity to learn about these traditions as they join you in celebrating your big day. Here are a few Asian wedding traditions that may appeal to you:
In China, brides often wear red silk, often decorated with a Chinese phoenix or dragon. The bride may also wear a red veil and red shoes; a groom often wears a red silk vest. In Japan, brides often wear a quilted robe made of white silk called an uchikake, which usually includes cranes and pines, symbolizing happiness. A Japanese groom will typically wear a black kimono over a white kimono. Korean brides and grooms are known for wearing ornate headpieces and elaborate updos.
Korean wedding traditions dictate that the groom gives the bride’s family a live, wild goose. Today, many grooms use a wooden goose, symbolizing a long life together. At the wedding feast, noodle soup is a staple. In Japanese weddings, red rice and red beans are often served. Because "mede-tai" is Japanese for happiness, tai is often served at Japanese weddings, such as Tai-no-sashimi (raw sea bream slices) or tai-no-shioyaki (grilled sea bream). Other dishes include kelp (symbolizing joy) or herring roe, indicating fertility. At Chinese weddings, Peking duck is a popular dish, and sea cucumbers are often part of the vegetable dishes, thought to symbolize harmony and lack of conflict.
Note: If you decide to have Asian food at your wedding, you should have place cards that explain each dish, where it originated (specifically, which region of a particular country), and what it is thought to represent. This adds more significance to your meal and your choice of dishes.
Flowers are a great way to give your wedding an Asian feel. Try using cherry blossoms, lotus blossoms, orchids, poppies, bear grass, topiaries, bamboo, wheat grass, or other interesting potted plants. For centerpieces, you can have lilies or stones in a clear, elongated vase of water. These flowers help create a tranquil setting. You can also use flowers as place card holders, favor decorations or accents to utensils and place settings.
Other Asian wedding decorations include square table settings (Square plates, bowls, etc.), especially in colors such as yellow, red, or white; these can also be decorated with cherry blossoms or orchids. You can also make origami napkins, in popular origami shapes such as swans, fans or fortune cookies.
Lanterns are a great way to incorporate Asian Wedding Décor. You can hang large paper lanterns from the ceiling, or you can have smaller ones gracing the dessert table or as part of your reception table centerpieces. Lanterns can also have a great effect for your lighting, creating a magical atmosphere.
You do not have to use typical fortune cookies; instead, you can be really creative by adding icing and sprinkles in your color scheme. You could also have them custom made; instead of having fortunes inside, you can insert favorite quotes from the bride and groom, or interesting facts about the two of you written on the paper. Or, you could have questions, such as “How many children do Emily and Jason want to have?” The answer can be written on the back.