Happy Chinese New Year! Eight Chinese-Inspired Wedding Details

Today begins the year of the monkey in Chinese culture—the holiday is known as the Lunar New Year or the Chinese New Year—and to help ring it in, we’re sharing wedding details inspired by the joyful holiday, from rich red accents to pretty paper touches.

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Photos by Jordan Weiland Photography (Lakeland) and Merari Photography (Miami)


In Chinese culture, red is said to symbolize good fortune and joy, and the color features prominently in traditional Chinese weddings. There’s a multitude of ways to work the color into your wedding, including a pretty place setting…

…a red wedding cake…

…or a bouquet filled with fiery red flowers.

Happy Chinese New Year! Eight Chinese-Inspired Wedding Details | Weddings Illustrated

Photo: Merari Photography (Miami) / Flowers: Ever After Event & Floral Design (Medley)

Pleated parasols are common in Chinese culture, and they add a pretty touch to your wedding whether you choose a colorful one for your engagement photo shoot…

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Photo: Julian Ribinik / Location: Daytona Beach

…or offer them up to guests as shade for your sun-drenched ceremony.

Happy Chinese New Year! Eight Chinese-Inspired Wedding Details | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by KT Merry Photography (Aventura) / Venue: Private Home

Similarly to delicate paper parasols, Chinese lanterns add soft texture to wedding décor. Classic red lanterns give a nod to Chinese tradition…

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Photo: K&K Photography (Clearwater) / Venue: Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort (Tampa)

…while lanterns in crisp, cool while keep things fresh and clean.

Happy Chinese New Year! Eight Chinese-Inspired Wedding Details | Weddings Illustrated

Photo: Transier Photography (Port Orange) / Venue: Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Key West)

Tea service is a very significant part of the modern Chinese wedding, as it symbolizes the introduction of the bride to her groom’s family. To incorporate this component into your own wedding, consider creating centerpieces out of tea pots, or offer a tea service as part of your guests’ dessert course.

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