Marriage - Must Haves
Chinese weddings are steeped in culture and trgoadition. Shown here are
10 weddings essentials for bride and groom to ensure a marriage full of
prosperity, love, laughter and plenty of grandkids for the in-laws.
1. Dragon & Phoenix embracing a Globe
Every married couple should keep an image of the dragon and phoenix in the home. The presence of the dragon and phoenix
symbolizes a fruitful marriage blessed with much success and prosperity, as well as many male offspring!
2. Auspicious Chinese Papercuts
These are used to embellish the wedding hall and bridal chamber.
Use symbols like the double happiness sign, the dragon & phoenix,
mandarin ducks, the mystic knot, mountain peonies and peaches for
lasting romance in the marriage.
3. Dragon & Phoenix candles
These red wedding candles come in a pair, and are decorated one
with a dragon and one with a phoenix, as well as the double happiness
symbol. In olden days, these traditional candles would be lit in the
bridal chamber on the wedding night with the intention to drive away
4. Wedding corsages in auspicious red & gold
Silk or velvet flowers (usually the luscious mountain peony) are
attached to red ribbons (imprinted with “bride” and “groom” as well as
“best man” and “bridesmaid” and even “usher”) flanked by a golden
dragon and phoenix for good fortune.
5. Golden Rice Bowl Set
Complete with golden spoons and a pair of chopsticks each, these
are usually adorned with the celestial dragon & phoenix as well as
double happiness symbols. The couple should eat a first meal as man and
wife using these auspicious rice bowls for a prosperous future
6. Hair Combing Set
Includes a round pincushion surrounded by 10 little boys (to bring
descendant luck), five colours of thread (symbolizing the five
elements), face powder, a wooden hair comb, a round mirror, red braid
and auspicious sleepwear.
7. Descendant Basin Set
Decorated with mandarin ducks and double happiness symbols, this
set includes a mug, tea tray, washbasin and a chamber pot. These are
usually filled for the occasion with fruit and strings of coins to
symbolize a prosperous and fruitful marriage.
8. Small Round Mirror
The bride should carry a small round mirror
to ward off malignant
influences and protect herself from all manner of evil during the
wedding ceremony, when evil spirits may become jealous. This particular
is adorned with auspicious symbols – five bats and the longevity symbol
– to bring good fortune and to ensure a safe passage through the
9. Red Envelopes
Red envelopes printed with the Double Happiness in gold ink. These
are filled with money to be used for various rituals during the wedding
ceremony, such as door-opening games, tea pouring ceremony, etc.
10. A Pair of Red Prosperity Lamps
Inscribed with auspicious sayings that signify an enduring happy
marriage, these should be positioned next to the nuptial bedhead for a
prosperous and fruitful union.