The Orient is a mystical and vibrant part of the world, teaming with excitement and colour. A wedding with an Oriental wedding theme will reflect this in all aspects and enthral and entertain your guests. This article takes a closer look at how to style your big day, from beginning to end, when opting for an Oriental wedding theme.
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Colours for an Oriental Wedding Theme
Colours play a big part in setting the scene to any big day, and when it comes to an Oriental wedding theme you can't go far wrong with red, black and gold. For a more sumptuous colour scheme, look to incorporate deep oranges and sunset yellows into your day.
Stationery for an Oriental Wedding Theme
Traditional paper-based wedding stationery is your best bet, but try to include as many symbols of the Orient as possible in your designs - lotus flowers, yin-yang's, Chinese dragons etc. As well as penning each invite, menu, place-card etc in English, also include the Chinese or Japanese equivalent.
Transport for an Oriental Wedding Theme
When planning transport for your Oriental wedding theme can you get any more authentic than a rickshaw or tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw)? Probably not, so try to hire one or more of these from the numerous suppliers from across the country. For longer journeys, it is possible to hire Japanese sports cars for a more speedy transit.
Outfits for an Oriental Wedding Theme
For an authentic Oriental wedding theme to come off, a traditional wedding Kimono (a Shiro-Maku) with fan and parasol as accessories is simply a must.
A Groom's Kimono (traditionally black and white in colour) is essential for the main man, whilst Kimonos or Yukatas in contrasting colours to the Bride and Groom are perfect for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen.
Flowers for an Oriental Wedding Theme
Traditional flowers associated with the Orient - orchids and lotus flowers in particular, are ideal albeit the time of year may make it difficult or espensive to include them in your floral displays. Where this is the case, consider any flowers whose petals are star-shaped (calycnia to give you just one example) as these tned to have quite an Asian look to them.
When it comes to table centrepieces for an Oriental wedding theme, bonsai trees look great, whilst bowls filled with water, lilypads and water lillies again look superb.
Oriental Wedding Theme Venues
You'll find a number of Chinese and Japanese styled venues dotted across the UK - each one providing the perfect setting for your big day. If there isn't one near you you best bet would be to choose somewhere with extensive grounds and erect a marquee for the day which you can theme and decorate internally yourselves.
Food & Drink for an Oriental Wedding Theme
Food and drink is a great way to emphasise any wedding theme, so why not consider the following dishes which could help to compliment your Oriental wedding theme.
Welcome Drink: Green tea or sake.
Reception Starter: Peking Duck, prepared and served at the table.
Reception Main Course: Kitsune Udon or, for the less adventurous, Mandarin chicken
Reception Desert: Pineapple and lychee sorbet.
’Evening Do’ Food: Finger buffet featuring sushi, spring rolls, prawn toast etc.
The Wedding Cake: Multi layered cake in white decorated with ornate Oriental symbols or adorned with messages of good luck and prosperity (potentially from your guests if you plan far enough in advance).
Balloons, Decorations & Favours for an Oriental Wedding Theme
Chinese lanterns, bamboo wind-chimes, parasols, gongs and paper dragons are just some of the decor options you could plump for when dressing a venue for an Oriental wedding theme. Favour-wise, fortune cookies, lucky cats, fans and chopsticks all make ideal gifts for your guests to take home.
Music & Entertainment
Traditional Chinese entertainers can be hired from various places across the UK and gymnasts, jugglers and lion dancers are just some of the options available. To entertain the kids during the day, why not set up an origami workshop whilst getting each guest to release a sky lantern into the night sky makes for a wonderful end to proceedings. Musically, if you and your guests are up for it, why not consider a karaoke machine!
For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding theme and colour articles on our site packed full of unique and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with venue decorators, balloon suppliers and more.