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Lucky wedding colours and symbols to wear this Chinese New Year

If you're planning to tie the knot during the CNY period, or planning a traditional Chinese wedding celebration and ceremony, you might want to incorporate some of these auspicious colours and symbols into your wedding wardrobe or your new home.
 


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The following Chinese characters are loaded with good feng shui so you might want to have them as accessories, display them as pictures in your bridal suite/room, or embroidered on your cheongsam (see where you can get gorgeous bridal cheongsams here):

For newlyweds:


Photo: Eunice and Ju Cheng's wedding, Her World Brides June 2015

Shuang xi - A popular Chinese symbol, or more commonly known as "Double Happiness" that is used extensively in traditional Chinese wedding items that form part of the dowry. The symbol represents double happiness and good luck for the newlyweds. These days you can find the symbol embroidered on bedspreads, towels, tablecloths and even printed on wedding invitations and red packets. See also: Chinese wedding traditions you have to know.


Photo: Sandra and Ying Jian's real wedding, Her World Brides June 2015

Red colour - A lucky colour that is used extensively in Chinese celebrations, homes and especially weddings. The colour represents success, loyalty, fertility passion love and happiness - all the ingredients for a happy and successful marriage! Brides wearing the qun kua for the more traditional aspects of their wedding should also note that red is preferred, as pink and peach are used for concubines in the olden days, and darker colours like maroon or black are reserved for the elders.

See also: auspicious things to have in your bedroom for a happy and lasting marriage, according to fengshui.

He - Another symbol that is auspicious for newlyweds, this character represents harmonious relationships.


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Koi - The symbol of the koi is linked to the Chinese yin yang symbol - one representing the male and the other, the female. The symbol represents how opposing forces are complimentary, interconnected and interdependent on each other. Besides the Yin Yang symbol, a picture or symbol depicting a pair of koi represents good luck for a happy marriage.

White lilies - Even though white is considered a taboo colour in Chinese culture as it is associated with death and funerals, the flower itself, when used in weddings, represents "happiness ever after". Use it as part of your bouquet or decor but with touches of red or other blooms - just remember to avoid an all white colour theme.

See also: lily of the valley bouquets you'll love.

Peonies - These blooms are already popular amongst brides all over the world, but the peony is also known to the Chinese as a symbol of peace, beauty, richness and opulence. 

See also: lush peony bouquets to lust after.

For more, see other lucky Chinese symbols that form part of the dowry or rituals here.

For the new home:


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Fu - A very popular Chinese symbol that represents good luck and good fortune, this symbol is placed on the front door during Chinese New Year

Ji - A good symbol to have for your new home, this symbol represents good luck and good wishes.

See also: how to get the best qi out of your home according to fengshui.

For more on auspicious colours for your wedding, see here, here and here. For auspicious dates, see the ones for 2018, here

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