Asian Wedding Traditions
Rituals & Blessing
There is something inherently mysterious and romantic about Asia…the mysterious Far East. And when it comes to weddings, the rich diversity of Asian cultures, traditions and religions makes for a wide variety of colorful and fascinating wedding customs.
What makes weddings truly beautiful in this part of the globe is that traditions actually vary from one country to another, with no two being exactly alike. However diverse these wedding customs are though, they all celebrate the beauty of marriage and love. Incorporating ethnic traditions into your wedding can create a more intimate environment for you and your family.
While the color white is mostly associated with weddings in the United States, the color red is the color of weddings in China. Red is the color of luck and joy, and it makes perfect sense that it is such an important color for weddings.
You can incorporate the red color in a variety of ways such as the tablecloth, candles, napkins, and other decorations. You may change into a red dress during the wedding reception. You may choose red wedding flowers, or your bridesmaids may wear a red dress. You can create a Chinese feel without red by dressing in a tradition Chinese dress.
Please Note: White is not a color used in Chinese traditional weddings. White is used at funerals, so avoid white on your invitations, decorations or bridal clothing. Gold on reddish paper or cream color paper works very well on your invitations.
Chinese couples honor their ancestors with a tea ceremony. It is not only a beautiful ceremony, but it could be very educational and entertaining for your guests.
Japanese weddings include a sake ritual. It is also known as the sake sharing tradition. This ritual represents building a strong bond between the families. The sake ritual can be part of the wedding ceremony or the wedding reception. Sake cups can make great wedding favors for a Japanese wedding ceremony.
The reception that goes on and on…
In Indonesia it is not uncommon for more than 1,000 guests to be invited to the wedding reception and it is customary for the bride and the groom to greet each guest in a long receiving line before the reception festivities can begin.
Out of all of the different types of Asian Weddings, I am in love with Indian weddings. Indian Weddings are bright and colorful. Traditional wedding ceremonies may last for 3-4 days. Grandeur, color and fun are seamlessly blended with culture and heritage. Each ritual has a story or a deep meaning to it.
One of my favorite tradition from India, is having the brides and grooms hands and feet painted with henna. The tradition is normally performed by henna professional. The hand and foot henna stains the skin for up to a few weeks. The intricate designs and details is absolutely breathtaking.
The journey of a lifetime begins with milk and water.
In India and other countries with a Hindu culture it is considered bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other for several days before the wedding. As part of the marriage ceremony the bride’s parents wash the couple’s feet with milk and water as a symbol of purifying them for the journey of their new life together. As part of the ceremony the couple holds in their hands grains of rice and oats and green leaves, signifying wealth, good health and happiness.
Many cultures, many traditions with but a single goal: to unite two hearts into one.
Many Asian cultures, many traditions, but all are centered around the basic concept of a new beginning, a new journey down the path of life together, hand in hand, filled with love and a new commitment of two hearts joined forever as one.
There is no law that states that you have to have an ethnic wedding, but the traditions and little nuances will definitely add warmth and beautiful sentiments to your big day.
We hope that you have enjoyed this article on Asian Wedding Traditions. Happy Planning!
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About The Author: Karen Y. Moore is an award winning wedding planner and the Lead Planner of KYM Signature (http://kymsignature.com). Karen is also the author of The Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) Method of Wedding Planning (http://thekissmethod.com).