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An Elegant Far-East Themed Wedding


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Every bride wants to give her wedding a distinctive look and feel. A great way to do this is by choosing a special theme to use throughout your wedding and reception. The theme can be anything that strikes your fancy, of course; one very elegant idea is to have an Asian themed wedding.

If you are of Asian descent, you will probably want to focus on the details that are customary in your cultural heritage. However, if you do not have familial ties, a Far East wedding is still a beautiful idea. You might choose to focus on the traditions of one country, such as Japan, or you could do a more general Asian-fusion theme.

To create an elegant wedding, take your inspiration from the Far East, but do not cross the line into anything costumey. You are planning a wedding, not a play. Unless a bride's family is from Korea, for instance, she would not wear the traditional wedding garb of that country, because it would feel inappropriate. The idea is to take the concepts and use them within the framework of your own culture.

Let the guests have a glimpse of your theme right from the beginning. Create your invitations from beautiful rice paper, or have a graceful cherry blossom motif on them. If you select a special motif, such as a cherry blossom, or the Chinese symbol for double happiness, you can incorporate it in many elements of the wedding. Use your symbol on the cake, on favor wrappings, cocktail napkins, and the like.

The décor of your reception will be key in making your theme work. A color like red, which is a lucky color in Chinese weddings, would be one great option. Inspiration could be drawn from Indian palettes, include warm orange with saffron yellow, or a hot pink with gold embellishments (after all, pink is the navy blue of India). Beautiful lanterns suspended in groups above the tables will give a soft glow to your reception. For centerpieces, select blooms such as cherry blossoms, orchids, or Asiatic lilies arranged in simple but artistic displays. Little bonsai trees would also make a terrific accent.

Food is always important at a wedding. When you are trying to create a theme, this is especially true. Handrolled sushi is one thing that is sure to be a hit with guests. It would be really fun to have different serving stations, so you could have a sushi chef at one, perhaps tempura at another, and other dishes with pan-Asian flavors like ginger and sesame. For dessert, you will surely want a classic wedding cake, but you could also pass trays of little Far- East inspired sweet treats.

It would be beautiful for the bride to choose a streamlined silk gown to wear. Silks are very important in Asian cultures, and an elegant fluid style would be the perfect compliment to the simple, graceful style of Far-Eastern décor. Many pearls come from Asia, so you would naturally want fabulous pearl bridal jewelry. Pearl bridal jewelry with streamlined design would be perfect, such as a long strand of pearls with a rhinestone clasp.

The elegant style of the Far-East will provide wonderful ambience for your reception. You can use the principles of Asian design to create a wonderful atmosphere that your guests will love. To make everything perfect, you could even hire a feng shui expert to help you arrange your reception in the most harmonious way. Take that extra step to make your reception have a positive flow of energy, and to start off you marriage with good luck.

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