Weddings from Around the World

Add some spice to your ‘I do’ with an exotic wedding theme.



Instead of all the stress and non-stop planning of most North American weddings, imagine having your marriage cleared from all bad luck and getting gifts of jewelry from the groom – all as part of your wedding prep! These are just some of the perks of a Chinese wedding, which traditionally includes “six etiquettes” – the formal proposal (nacai), the matching and blessing of the bride and groom birthdates (wenming and naji), sending and receiving gifts between the bride and groom (nazheng), choosing the ideal “lucky” wedding date (qingqi) and the wedding ceremony (qinying).

If you’re looking for a complete departure from the white ball gown wedding dress, then you’ll be excited by the red silk Chinese bridal dress, called the kwàhn kwáa. Adorned with floral images and embroidered dragons and phoenix, it’s a standout piece that’s still more manageable than a poofy gown. The bride truly is the centre of attention, with the ceremony room and wedding favors matching her dress, decorated in red and with images of dragons and phoenix.

Weddings from Around the World

A Modern Take on the Traditional Chinese Dress

As my friend Charmaine explains, you can’t include all the fabulous customs on your big day, so you’ll want to select one or two elements or ceremonies to match your wedding vision.

“We will likely have a Chinese tea ceremony.  It’s very important to pour tea for our elders and loved ones. (We would) alternate between serving the grooms side and brides side (and) receive red pockets – called ‘Lai see’ – upon serving the tea. It means older generations (are) passing on their luck.”

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

Avatar of Pegah Aarabi

After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

    Reader Discussion: 7 Comments

    1. Avatar of Sarah Uibel

      This is inspiring me to not only find a husband but to get married in multiple countries! lol

      Guess I need to find a man first. One can dream : )

    2. Avatar of Brana Dane

      Wow… Such amazingly interesting rituals.
      The cutest I feel is welcoming the Groom with Almonds dipped in Honey, according to Greek wedding traditions!!

      I personally love colorful Indian Weddings.
      A friend of mine once attended a wedding in India. It was a wedding in the state of Bengal. I was mesmerized when I saw the wedding pictures.

      A wedding in itself is such a beautiful event and all these different rituals from different cultures, make wedding an even more heart warming.

    3. Avatar of Jude Vargas

      Weddings are love. I just love attending events like this. And watching one, too! Be it in the movies, reality tv shows or just attending a plain classic wedding of a friend. This article showed me different traditions in holding a wedding ceremony. It might actually not be a bad idea to suggest to friends to hold traditional weddings… Hmmm.. 😀

    4. Avatar of Zenab Bello-Osagie

      Zenab Bello-Osagie

      I absolutely love that Urbanette is all about being unconventional and breaking moulds. Integrating inspiration from around the world is such a great idea!

    5. Avatar of Langley Fox

      I love weddings that are unconventional and use influences from multiple cultures. When I get married, I’m going to use some of these ideas. Maybe I’ll do my own henna illustrations.

    6. Avatar of Lyndsi LaRose

      I adore the Iranian sugar tradition and the henna skin decorations. So charming. @Tinsley – great idea! Silver or gold would look stunning!

    7. Avatar of Tinsley Mortimer

      I love the Henna one — so pretty! You could do it in gold or silver metallic… would be so glam!

    Join in the Conversation! Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Urbanette moderates and edits comments for grammar and to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Please use your full name. Moderators can only approve comments written in English.

    All content is strictly copyright. Contact us for permission.