How to incorporate Chinese traditions into Western style wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
24146 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
8476 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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