Flowers not only add a touch of freshness and life to any wedding, but they also carry special values and meanings within the Chinese culture. Wedding decorations can become tricky when the two families come from different cultures. Floral decorations are an ideal way to get around this; you can mix and match them as freely as you like to represent many cultures at once. Hence, they’re not only perfect for traditional Chinese weddings, but also for the cultural weddings like Chinese-Australian weddings, or even just western style Chinese weddings. Below are a few tips and ideas on choosing the right flowers for Chinese influenced weddings.
Though it can vary from flower to flower, traditionally, red is often associated with prosperity and fortune, while pink symbolizes love. Hence, these two colours are a popular and safe choice for both white gowned and traditional Chinese weddings.
Although white flowers are also popular, they can be controversial as well; it’s best to consult both parties on their views. (Even when the parents don’t seem to care much, just double check…just in case!) Traditionally, white was mainly used in funerals as it is often associated with death. However, today, many Chinese brides already wear white dresses, thus white flowers may be acceptable especially in western style weddings.
Different types of gorgeous flowers and their meanings
Orchids are a popular modern pick; a symbol of love, fertility and a married couple. They are also sometimes associated with fortune and wealth. Moreover, Moth Orchids can especially represent the pure and sincere bond between a loving couple.
Lilies are also a popular Chinese choice. Not only are they often associated with a happy union and purity, they’re also a symbol of the feminine eternal; the beauty of a young lady, and the grace of a mother. Additionally, yellow lilies can represent joyfulness.
The Lotus Flower
Lotus flowers are also suitable especially for your more oriental weddings. With leaves still attached to the bud, it can represent a complete union whilst also being associated with love, virtue, and purity. They’re also great at adding an oriental touch to Asian themed weddings.
When in doubt about floral decorations for cultural weddings, roses are most likely the best choice. They’re probably the most universally used flowers in weddings (including in Chinese weddings). Red roses can be a powerful symbol of deep and sincere love in both Western and Asian cultures.
For a greater hint of the orient, the China Rose (Rosa chinensis) can be the perfect choice with a variety that opens as a pale pink that later develops into a deep red; an embodiment of the ever growing and transforming notion of true love within a marriage.
Of course these are only a few suggestions of flowers that can be used in Chinese/cultural; there are many more varieties to choose from. Most of the flowers mentioned are great for cultural weddings due to their culturally neutral nature (such as with roses). Keeping in mind a colour theme that you may already have in place for your wedding, you should consult a professional florist before deciding to make sure the floral decorations will be in perfect bloom on your perfect day!