Everything you need to know for a stress-free Chinese wedding or banquet.
At any Chinese wedding banquet or celebration, it is important to include these 5 traditional elements in your decorations: the color red, double happiness symbol, phoenix and dragon signs, lanterns, and lucky Chinese fruit like oranges and red dates.
Typically, Chinese wedding banquets include eight or nine dishes. Many of the foods traditionally served at Chinese wedding banquets are chosen to symbolize wishes for happiness, longevity, or fertility.
Consider including in your banquet: lobster and chicken, roast duck, shark's fin soup, roast pig, abalone, fish, scallops, and noodles.
There is a number of beautiful Chinese wedding traditions you can use to inspire your own wedding—from the hair combing ceremony, the procession, door games, tea ceremony, banquet, to the wedding night tradition.
What better way to engage with your culture than through clothing? On the wedding day, it is traditional for Chinese brides to wear a qipao or cheongsam. Modern Chinese brides often have two to four dress changes as part of their wedding celebration, with a white dress for the ceremony.
One Year Before: Set a budget and figure out who's contributing. Choose your must-haves for throwing a wedding banquet.
7-9 Months Before: Book your venue. A banquet hall or an upscale Chinese restaurant is ideal. Lucky wedding dates are popular so booking in advance makes sure you get the date you and your parents want. One the date is set, determine your guest list and send out invitations.
5-6 Months Before: Plan Your wardrobe. The dress is often the most exciting part for brides. During Chinese wedding banquets, it is customary for the bride to enter and re-enter the reception, changing gowns and accessories with each entrance.
3-5 Months Before: Finalize the menu to include some traditional dishes. Plan out your decor to include a few Chinese symbols. Consider entertainment options like lion dancers and door games.
1-2 Months Before: Plan out your schedule and decide when you want to host your tea ceremony. Read our ultimate guide to planning your tea ceremony here.
Day of Chinese Wedding: Relax, celebrate, and don't forget to collect those red envelopes!
When planning a multicultural Chinese wedding, figure out which traditions are the most important for you both to have. And make sure these pieces are explained to the guests so there is no confusion.
Feel free to honor your heritage in your own way. You can incorporate your heritage into the big picture stuff but let go of smaller traditions that do not speak to you as a couple.
Be mindful of your family but set expectations. It's important to be mindful of your loved ones' desires, but making everyone happy on your wedding day can be draining.
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