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The Best Ways to Incorporate Double Happiness into Your Wedding

If you’ve ever attended a Chinese wedding or are planning your own and want to incorporate Chinese wedding symbols and culture into your big day, then you’ll inevitably come across the most popular Chinese wedding symbol of all–the double happiness. Nowadays, there are so many fun, modern, and unique ways that you can incorporate the double happiness symbol into your Chinese-American wedding. 

To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful ways and places to include the double happiness symbol for your wedding.

What does double happiness mean?

The double happiness symbol, "囍" (pronounced shuāngxǐ, 双喜) in Chinese is comprised of 喜喜 – two copies of the Chinese character 喜 (pronounced ), which means joy and happiness. It’s commonly used as a Chinese wedding symbol to represent double the joy and happiness for the newlyweds as they begin their marriage.

Where do you place the double happiness symbol?

The most common places to incorporate the double happiness symbol into your wedding is in the wedding decor, invitations (especially if you’re sending Chinese wedding invitations), and wedding favors. Since red and gold are the most popular and lucky colors in a Chinese wedding, many of the double happiness symbols are also decorated in red and gold to symbolize good fortune.

Below is a list of places where you can beautifully incorporate double happiness into your wedding.


Most notably, your wedding decor is the first place you should consider when thinking about ways to include the double happiness symbol. Depending on your budget and how fancy and creative you want to get, here are a variety of ideas for you to choose from.

Double Happiness Paper Cut-Outs

Double Happiness Paper Cut Out

Source: WeeKit Ong


Double Happiness Centerpieces

Double Happiness Floral Decor

Source: Daria-Nova


Double Happiness Neon Backdrop Sign

Double Happiness Neon BackdropSource: Tinydot Photography


Carved Double Happiness Wooden Backdrop

Wooden Double Happiness Sign

Source: Letters to You


Double Happiness Lanterns
Double Happiness Lanterns

Double happiness lantern and pillows for Chinese tea ceremonySource: Emily Wren Photography


Wedding Favors

A lot of couples will use their wedding favors as an opportunity to showcase their personalities and cultural heritage to their guests. This makes double happiness wedding favors a great choice. 

Engraved Custom Chopsticks with Double Happiness Symbol

Custom Engraved Double Happiness Chopsticks by East Meets Dress

Source: East Meets Dress


Double Happiness Gift Boxes

Chinese double happiness gift boxes

Double Happiness Serendipity Gift Boxes

Source: East Meets Dress


Red Envelopes

Double Happiness Red Envelopes East Meets Dress

Source: East Meets Dress


Double Happiness Bottle Openers

Double happiness bottle opener wedding favor

Chinese Wedding Outfits

While many brides will opt to wear a cheongsam or qun kwa for their Chinese wedding, you can choose a design that already features a double happiness symbol or accessorize your dress with double happiness accessories. As for the groom–he can opt for a double happiness tie, bowtie or jacket!

Chinese Wedding DressDouble Happiness Qun Kwa

    Double Happiness Accessories
    Double Happiness Necklace

    Double happiness high heels pumps

    Source: East Meets Dress


    The Groom's Attire

    Double happiness men's bowtie

      Double Happiness Men's Outfit

      Source: Me+Him Photography


      Tea Ceremony Supplies

      The wedding tea ceremony is one of the most popular traditions when it comes to having a Chinese wedding. It's a time for you to honor and pay your respects to your parents and elders while receiving their blessing in return. There are a few must-have items when it comes to running a tea ceremony and many of these items can feature the double happiness symbol.

      Double Happiness Tea Set

      Double Happiness Bliss Tea Set

      Source: East Meets Dress

      Gold Double Happiness Tea Set

      Source: Extra Petite

      Tea Ceremony Cups

      Double happiness paper cups

      Tea Ceremony Kneeling Pillows

      Tea Ceremony Double Happiness Kneeling Pillows

      Source: East Meets Dress


      Chinese Wedding Invitations & Menus

      From the wedding invitations, envelopes, RSVP and thank you cards to the food menu and table cards, there are countless ways to incorporate double happiness designs into your Chinese wedding invitations.

      double happiness wedding invitation

      Double Happiness Wedding Invite and Menu

      Source: Print for Love


      Double happiness envelope wax stamp

      Source: Heysee Shop


      double happiness wedding invite

        Source: Nineteen Design Studio


        Chinese double happiness place card holders

        Perhaps the best way to incorporate the double happiness character is in your wedding food! Whether it's beautifully decorated macarons, cookies, and more, who says you can't have your double happiness cake and eat it too?

        Double Happiness Macarons Dim Sum

         Source: mattaboutfood


        Double happiness cookies

        Source: Phoenix Sweets


        Double Happiness Cake

        Source: CakeMoment Wedding


        The double happiness is a classic Chinese wedding symbol that can easily be incorporated into many aspects of your wedding. When it comes to wedding decor, don't be afraid to get creative and put your own unique spin to it–let us know all the creative ways you plan on using the double happiness symbol!


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