Asian weddings have long been known as some of the most beautiful and visually rich ceremonies across the globe. Differing greatly from the traditional western ideals of a big white wedding, the numerous kinds of Asian weddings tend to have a wider variety of colour involved in their big day. While this is ideal for capturing stunning photography, there is much more to the chosen colours than how photogenic they are. Here, we’re taking a look at the deeper meaning behind traditional colours used within Asian weddings.
Red is perhaps the most well-known colour associated with Asian weddings, though this is typically dedicated entirely to the bridal outfits. Guests that have opted for red won’t be looked on kindly, though this truly depends on the religion of the wedding being attended. Typically, red is an auspicious colour in Asian weddings, with connotations of wealth, health and even courage – all things that brides in particular want to promote when coming to marry. Of course, general connotations of the colour red nowadays cover ‘love’ in general, so it’s easy to see why this traditional colour is still widely used today.
Gold is another propitious colour, meant to represent wealth and status. Traditionally, there was a huge amount of gold included in wedding clothing and decoration dependent on the money a bride’s family had, but nowadays, there is very little show of status and more of tradition. Asian wedding outfits, for example, will have gold decorations or jewellery that matches their clothing more than simply a way of showing off what they had.
Purple is another colour used throughout Asian weddings, though it holds closer connotations with Japanese weddings in particular. In Japan, purple represents love, though its use throughout India is also prominent, typically because it’s within the same colour palette as red when used in a darker form.
Pink is a colour widely utilised by the groom in particular when it comes to Asian weddings, at least as far as tradition is concerned. While the bride is much more likely to wear pink nowadays, this colour has connotations of happiness, fondness and more across a range of different wedding styles.
Yellow is a colour that has worked its way more widely into today’s Asian weddings, not least due to its connotations of optimism, cheerfulness and more. Similar to gold, it’s easy to see how this colour features across Asian wedding decoration or within guest outfits in particular. Yellow also has a practical use, too – traditionally, it was used not only as a colour to showcase positivity, but to hide turmeric stains after the Haldi ritual!
While white is often thought to be a more western colour, it’s still widely used across Asian weddings, particularly in Japan. In a similar way to western tradition today, white is said to represent purity which was widely desired traditionally. Today, white tends to feature more widely in Asian weddings simply due to its popularity in western culture.
Asian weddings are widely known for their beauty and while each country and religion will have its own traditions in particular, there are a few colours that feature widely across them all.
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