Post # 1
My Fiance and I will be getting married on 6/8/2019. He’s 1st generation American and 100% Chinese and I have mainly an Irish background. For our wedding, I was hoping to merge our cultural backgrouds as the theme of our wedding. I’m really struggling on how to do the color scheme. Irish green and Chinese red is too “christmas-y”, especially for a June wedding. I’m hoping some other brides on here have had or will have an Irish/Chinese wedding and can give me some advice on how they did their colors and blended tradtions from both cultures.
Thank you in advance 🙂 🙂 🙂
Post # 2
No Irish/Chinese wedding here, but I think red and gold may look nice for that theme! If you do a brighter red, it could work well for a summer wedding.
Post # 3
kmorr1226 : Using the colors as a theme sounds really gimmicky to me. What if you incorporate cultural aspects that are meaningful instead?
Post # 4
I agree that using colours as the theme isn’t the best idea. My own wedding will be one that incorporates elements of Chinese culture along with North American culture, but admittedly mostly North American because even though I’m of Chinese ethnicity, my cultural background is mostly Canadian because I was born in North America.
The Chinese elements are solely for the older members of my family. I dislike red, so we are not going to have red in our colour scheme. My favorite colour is green, so our colours will be green and white. My family is OK with this as long as I have some pinkish/reddish accents, and I plan on doing this with flowers.
I like the idea of incorporating cultural elements in a subtle way.
I read about the “double happiness” symbol that is used for Chinese wedding. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Happiness_(calligraphy)
For our invitations, I incorporated the double happiness symbol in a very subtle way.
Maybe you could do a similar thing.
FYI, the symbol isn’t an actual Chinese “word”, it’s a fake word made up of two actual characters.
I didn’t like the red and gold versions, so I created my own. Which looks like the following:
Post # 5
How about evergreen (or sage green/mint if you want to go lighter for summer) with gold or yellow?
Agree with PPs though that your color scheme won’t matter as much as incorporating cultural aspects that the both of you want to include.
Post # 6
I forgot to mention that the Chinese Tea Ceremony is also something that you could do to incorporate Chinese culture into your wedding.
I had originally wanted one, but I’ve since learned that my family doesn’t care about it so I scrapped the idea because I don’t like planning anything I don’t have to lol.
I’m more of a City Hall type of woman, but our families would not be amused lol.
Post # 7
Green and gold could be nice! Maybe work symbolism into the decor, like Irish knots vs Chinese characters, and have an equal amount of food from each side or even a fusion type thing. My wedding will be Irish/Italian, but that made it a little easy because green and white are in both flags, and as my SO put it, “Eagles colors!”
Post # 8
The Lunar New Year parade was in San Francisco yesterday and City Hall was lit up in red and green. It was beautiful. For colors I think it would work well to have gold as your accent and maybe to try other shades of green like a really bright green or a sage or a deeper red. Slightly different tones can make a significant difference
Also, I’d check in with your Fiance (or his family, if you’re close to them or if he, like many men, knows almost nothing about weddings) about what elements feel most important to them to have incorporated into the wedding. Rather than you trying to guess and worrying about whether or not you got it right. Just ask. Then the two of you can come up with a list of what elements/experiences are most important to you for your wedding and work out from there.
Post # 9
The Irish don’t wear green all the time, and the Chinese don’t always wear red. I would choose the colors you love and incororate cultural or traditional items in more subtle ways.