The Chinese language is known for many of its eloquent 4-word idioms, especially when it comes to love and romance! Whether it’s on your wedding invitations, the guestbook, or even in the guests’ party favors, you can always add a touch of your asian heritage by adding a Chinese inscription.
Here are some of our favorites below:
The most popular and widely known one is the Double Happiness symbol. This character is composed of two copies of the Chinese characters 喜 (xǐ) literally meaning joy, hence double happiness (喜喜). To pronounce it in Chinese, it’s called shuāngxǐ.
While this is a classic you can't go wrong with, you can definitely get a little more eloquent by going with a proverb instead.
Here are some of the more famous ones to choose from:
白头偕老 bái tóu xié lăo
This is the Chinese equivalent of ‘till death do us part.” This proverb uses the white hairs (白头 - bái tóu) to symbolize staying together until old age. Isn’t that what #marriagegoals are all about?
百年好合 bǎi nián hǎo hé
This proverb translates to “May you happily be together for a hundred years.” For those of you planning to play the song 100 Years during your wedding ceremony, this could be a nice pairing :)
永结同心 (yǒng jié tóng xīn):
This proverb translates to “May you forever be of one heart, one mind.” This proverb is reminiscent of your vows to each other and adds a sweet touch to those ceremony programs.
In the mood for more?
- Inscribe one of these phrases on our custom chopsticks and give out them as wedding guest favors.
- Here's a list of 8 longer Chinese proverbs to incorporate into your wedding.
- If you're looking for cheongsam ideas but don't have any idea where to start, read our Chinese wedding dress guide to get some inspo.
- Pin your favorite ideas from our 30 of the Best Ideas for a Modern Asian Wedding.