Asian Wedding Traditions

Asian Wedding Traditions

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.

Asian Wedding Traditions

 

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).

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Reception Venues: Everything You Need To Know About Them

Reception Venues: Everything You Need To Know About Them

The high point of the wedding celebration should be an expression of the couple and the appreciation they feel for their guests. It’s the time when the spotlight is truly on the couple. Of course, the dresses, flowers, cake and dinner are also sharing some of the attention, and choosing the right venue to feature it all together should be the first steps in the planning process.

The best reception venues feature the finest combination of location, convenience, service and ambiance.  Look for the site’s individual style characteristics. The worst reputation any venue can earn is that of a cookie cutter operation. No two couples are alike, and a wedding has to be a very personal statement.

Keep In Mind:  Your reception is the heart of your wedding day.  You will also spend the most time at your reception. The reception sets the tone, theme and personality for your ceremony.

The primary factors to consider in choosing a site are: budget, then number of guests, location preferences, and any sentimental value a certain location holds for you as a couple.

Popular sites for receptions are hotels, clubs and event facilities because they offer the convenience of having everything in one location.

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As well as scouting every avenue to ensure you find the right place or the right date, there are plenty of other considerations to think of. Here are a few that you should take into consideration while you are searching for wedding reception venues.

  • Is the venue big enough? Will it be able to accommodate the number of guests that you are anticipating?
  • Will your wedding be the only event at the venue on your big day? Weddings tends to over their allotted time, but you shouldn’t feel rushed out before you are ready to wind down or fell neglected because the staff have to tend to another parallel function.
  • Does the venue allow outside catering or insist that you use theirs?
  • Does the venue offer a menu tasting prior to your wedding?
  • Is the venue accessible and easy to find?
  • Are their separate spaces for your cocktail hour and reception?
  • Does the venue have adequate storage for gifts, etc?
  • Can you have open flames?
  • Is confetti, fireworks or sparklers permitted?
  • Is there an option for event signage or marquee?
  • If you opt not to serve alcohol is there still a bar fee? Is there a corkage fee? What is the legal cut-off time to serve alcohol?
  • Do they have a Public Address system for speeches and toasts?
  • Can the photographer/videographer conduct a site visit beforehand to get an idea of what to expect on the big day?
  • And most importantly have you fallen in love with the space?

When it’s all said and done, you need a venue that will effectively set the mood for the entire celebration, but also one that allows for your guests comfort and convenience. Providing ample parking or valet service and a fully functioning air conditioning in the reception facility contributes to your guest’s enjoyment of the celebration.

Look for a venue with more than one set of restrooms, and make sure that they are accessible.  For any venue there may be restrictions on decorations that you can use or the type, duration, or volume of the music.

One final word of advice don’t forget to ask about set-up and break-down times or find out if you can set-up the night before. Also check to see if clean-up services are provided.

 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).