(Closed) Is blue bad luck?

posted 10 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I looked this up online and the only place I found that even mentioned blue was this:


http://www.chinatownconnection (dot) com/chinese-superstitions (dot) htm 


and that doesn’t even say that blue is unlucky necessarily, it just said it’s unlucky to wear it.


I would ask myself two questions:

1.) Do you really think that your marriage will fail because you had blue in the wedding?

2.) Is their "disapproval" bothersome enough to you to just change the color so you don’t have to worry about them, or is it not that big of a deal?


Above all it is your wedding, do what will keep YOU happy, but if their reactions will stress you out, I might explore other options. Indigo is so close to purple, why not just use a deep grape color which would be just as beautiful?

 I hope this helps! 

Post # 4
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I don’t think blue is unlucky, because I went to two very traditional weddings in Taiwan and both brides had a blue gown on during the reception. The blue they were wearing was a bit lighter than indigo blue, but it is still blue.

I think if you have the red double happiness, it should be Chinese enough. Will you be serving tea to the parents? For my destination wedding I didn’t have any Chinese theme at all, but I did serve tea to my in-laws in a red dress before we flew off to Cancun. Maybe that’ll keep your dad happy?

Post # 5
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I don’t know a lot about traditional Chinese wedding traditions, but I’ve noticed they use a lot of red. 

    I think if you want to do blue and green, you should.  I don’t think a color will bring you bad luck 🙂  Blue means calmness and serenity, I think that’s a great message to send.

Post # 6
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the only color to really avoid is black as it is a symbol of bad luck.

Post # 8
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well my EX mother in law once told me that black was bad luck because I wanted my bridesmaids dresses to be the LBD.

Um.  She was wrong!  Needless to say after five years being single, I am getting married and we’re gonna do the little black dress for the bridesmaids now and my colors are aqua (blue), pink, and black for accent. 


Post # 9
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i had a somewhat similar experience but to a lesser degree.  i wanted to include the double happiness sign on our chinese inserts but i wanted to make it blue. my dad said that it was never done before and it’s better to stick to red or pink or gold just so it wouldn’t look "funny". my dad is also non-traditional but i guess there are a few things he’s rather traditional about.

Post # 10
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

Technically speaking, blue is an unlucky color for Chinese weddings, but then again, so is white. These two colors are considered death or funeral colors (especially, don’t wear one of these colors in your hair!).

That said, I obviously still wore a white dress, and my bridesmaids wore blue. My family isn’t very traditional. The one thing my dad requested was no blue invitations. I had originally wanted navy invites, but dad said no. I ended up just using a reddish and gold invite, even though red was not in my color scheme. I figure, no one was going to carry around the invitation at the wedding,  therefore it wasn’t that obvious that it didn’t match my scheme.

So, I guess my advice to you is: try to weigh how important it is for you to have blue in your invites, and how important it is for your dad that they not contain blue. Maybe you can meet half way, Maybe he wouldn’t mind just a little bit of blue, and you can just give up a little bit of blue?

Post # 12
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Vineyard on the Delta

i know blue and white are colors worn for chinese funerals (especially like a flower on the head, like toucan said).  i feel you on the not wanting red to be the wedding color but i went with it for ease (enough headaches associates w/ wedding as it is…) and though i don’t love the color scheme, i’m still glad i did it.  saved me so many arguements with the fam.

Post # 13
8 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Sky blue, aqua blue and baby blue are okay. The only blue that I think is bad is navy blue.

 Cause Chinese describ people whose face is pale from being sick as having a "blue face".

 Navy blue is not a very happy color to being with anyway, don’t you think so? 

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