Whether you're a modern duo or the traditional type, incorporating Chinese elements into your reception decor says a lot about who you are as a couple. Get inspired by these 4 design plans.
Reception 1 | Modern, Simple, and Sleek
Color scheme: Red, black, and white
Location: A loft space with tall ceilings and tall glass windows.
Bridal Party Look: Black or red cocktail-length dresses for the ladies, tuxes for the guys.
Flowers: Tightly packed, monochromatic bouquets of roses; single white calla lily boutonnieres.
Tablescape: Red lantern centerpieces surrounded by black and white stones and glowing votive candles. Black linens, black napkins, and white square plates.
Favors: Lucky bamboo stalks in square black or red earthenware pots.
Reception 2 | Evening of Romance
Color scheme: Red and pink with a plum blossom and butterfly motif. (Together, the plum blossom and butterfly symbolize long life.)
Location: A candlelit reception room at an elegant winery.
Bridal Party Look: Pink, tea-length, A-line dresses for the bridesmaids and bejeweled butterfly pins for their hair. Nice suits with red vests for the guys.
Flowers: Light pink, full and textured bouquets; light red rose boutonnieres.
Tablescape: Low, lush red and pink floral arrangements with roses, orchids, and lilies, mixed with tall silver candelabras. Ivory linens with sheer pink overlays; elegant china, and pink napkins.
Favors: Small bottles of red or white wine with a plum blossom label featuring the butterfly motif, the couple's names, and the wedding date.
Reception 3 | Filled with Tradition
Color scheme: Red and gold
Location: A large banquet room.
Bridal Party Look: Black or gold cheongsams; traditional tuxes.
Flowers: Deep rich red bouquets of roses, lilies, and orchids; red orchid boutonnieres.
Tablescape: Tables draped with beautiful brocade linens and topped with arrangements of tall spray roses, orchids, and willowy branches. Menus atop each place setting printed in English and Chinese. Red linens, red napkins, and gold-rimmed glassware.
Favors: Chopsticks for each guest packaged in gold boxes with the "double happiness" character, tied off with a sheer gold ribbon.
Reception 4 | Over-the-top Glam
Color scheme: Burgundy and gold
Location: A swanky restaurant atop a city skyscraper.
Bridal Party Look: Floor-length gowns in burgundy or gold; stylish tuxes.
Flowers: An architectural medley of burgundy roses, orchids, and feathers; burgundy rose boutonnieres.
Tablescape: Tall centerpieces of deep red roses affixed to willow branches shooting up from sleek glass vases. Gold shimmer linens, gold napkins, and burgundy chargers.
Wow factors: Hundreds of burgundy paper lanterns in contrasting shapes suspended from the ceiling; amber-colored uplighting on the walls.
Favors: Small burgundy boxes filled with handmade chocolate and tied off with a shimmering gold ribbon.
-- Anja Winikka