Chinese wedding flower traditions
Chinese weddings involve many symbolic acts, decorations and events, revolved from years of ancient Chinese culture, that all combine to create a beautiful wedding day experience for any bride and groom involved in planning either a more traditional Chinese wedding ceremony or a modern day Chinese wedding celebration.
Following the traditions of ancient culture, Chinese weddings involve numerous symbolic preparations and rituals that are evident even in modern day Chinese wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
In Chinese traditions, flower and floral arrangements are symbols of happiness, joy , life and fertility, which are all desired attributes in a Chinese wedding and marriage. The symbolism of red in Chinese culture is powerful, joyous and deep, so adding as many red flowers to the floral decorations of a Chines wedding is important. The only white-colored flowers that are accepted for use in Chinese wedding bouquets are white roses, so long as they are tied together with red or other colored ribbons or silks. Any other types of white flower are considered symbols of death, so white flowers other than roses must not be used. Other popular flowers include; peonies, which are symbols of renewed life; lotuses, which are symbols of the four virtues in the Buddhist religion. Such virtues being scent, purity, softness and loveliness; daffodils, which symbolize change an renewed life and orchids, which are the most popular flowers used in Chinese wedding bouquets and other decorations, as they are the symbols of love and fertility.
Remembering departed ancestors and respecting the elders and family members of the bride and groom are essential elements in a Chinese wedding ceremony. More importantly, Chinese weddings are a bigger symbolism of the joining of the two families, rather than the joining of bride and groom alone. To honor this, most Chinese weddings feature a table or an altar decorated with white flowers to symbolize the passing of departed ancestors. In the alternative, two altars can be placed in front of the bride and groom, and following the exchanging of their vows, the couple kneels at these two altars to join them together. After this display of union, family members of the newly joined couple may kneel along with the bride and groom as a symbol of a larger unity and joining of the two families.