Post # 1
Hi brides to be!
I’m a second generation Chinese Canadian and my fiancee is Caucasian. We’re having a western style wedding and my parents are fine with it- actually my father prefers it. But I feel like it’s becoming “too western”. What are some simple things I can do to balance out the cultures?
My ideas so far: wearing a cheung-sam Chinese style dress at the reception (is it a no-no to have purple, which is our wedding colour)?
Giving out favours of a special collector’s type coin in a lucky red envelope
Having the MC translate some of the speeches into Cantonese
Please share your ideas, it would really help me out 🙂
Post # 3
@almondize: Hi there! I’m Taiwanese American, and my husband is caucasian. I chose to only incorporate a cheongsam dress in a brick red, which i wore at our reception after our first dance. Our wedding colors were cobalt blue and apple green, and I really liked that my dress wasn’t a wedding color (really pops when you come out in it!). But that being said, I don’t think there’s anything against a purple one – red is just the traditional color (and I believe it’s also good luck!).
My honest opinion: I’m not a fan of translated speeches, if you don’t actually need it – it’s going to make those speeches waaaay longer. I do like the idea of a Chinese-type favor, red envelopes could be nice. Or even, if there’s some favor you’re thinking of, red boxes:
Post # 4
@almondize: I love the idea of the red envelopes. We actually had to translate part of our speech to Mandarin because my grandmother doesn’t speak any English. Are you doing a tea ceremony that morning? I agree with pengoala on the dress, it doesn’t have to be in your wedding colors.
Post # 5
While red is the tradition, many brides opt for a different color nowadays. I think a purple dress would look lovely. Just don’t wear a white one.
I’m interested to see how your wedding turns out. My FI is Chinese and I’m trying to combine cultures too.