The Big Reveal
First of all, thanks to all who read my previous wedding related post and took the time to take the poll and play along. I appreciate each and every one of your comments and guesses. (In a post introducing my first series, ‘Weddings in Taiwan, I asked readers to guess which of the three above was our Canadian wedding invitation).
Is it #1? – 47.62% of the votes
The one that received the majority of votes was #1. However, I am sad to say that #1 was not our wedding invitation. Although I love the simplicity and beauty of the design and it is very much our taste, I couldn’t find one like it with proper grammatical English or with no English at all. I remember I did find one similar to it that I loved only to discover that it said ‘You Me Get Mary, We Happy Every Day.’ Can you imagine the confused faces and eye rolls that quote would have received from my family and friends!?!.
Is it #2? – 28.57% of the votes
If you guessed #2, then I am sorry to inform you that you are wrong as well. Although the invitation has a perfect quote suitable for a wedding, ‘To have and to hold from this day forward,’ it is a little to ‘cute’ for our taste. Plus, this seems like a relatively newer invitation in terms of its design so I am sure it wasn’t even around when we were looking 9 years ago (newer meaning it is designed for the purpose of placing a picture invite inside from the pre-wedding photo shoot).
Is it #3? – 23.81% of the votes
So, for those of you who guessed #3, you are absolutely right! I remember passing the invitation store, located on the corner of the road where I lived in Taipei County (now called ‘New Taipei City’), on countless occasions during my walk from the MRT station (the subway) to home. In the months leading up to our wedding, I often slowed down to catch a glimpse of the invitations on display in the window. #3 was the one which stood out and captured my attention. When we couldn’t find one similar to #1, the one which we initially wanted, we chose #3.
Using a Taiwanese Invitation for Our Canadian Wedding
When we sent out our invitations, I realized that most of our guests would not understand the significance of the color, Chinese character ‘xi,’ and other components of our invitation. Plus, most of our Canadian wedding decor centered around the color red and the character ‘xi,’ so I thought it would be nice for them to know more about the meaning. Therefore, I enclosed the piece of paper, pictured above, inside of the invitations. It would also provide a little insight into my husband’s culture.
The Main Components of the Invitation
The Color ‘Red’
In Chinese/Taiwanese culture, red is symbolic of happiness and good fortune and everything that exudes ultimate joy and celebration. Therefore, red is linked to important events, such as weddings and that is why all invitations are red.
The Chinese Character ‘Xi’
Like the paper sent out with our wedding invitations outlined:
The Chinese Character for happiness (xi pronounced ‘she’) is an important element of weddings in Taiwan. When two xi characters are combined, they represent double happiness (shuang xi) and this is the character seen on wedding invitations in Taiwan. Double happiness signifies the joining together of two people and two families. It represents good fortune for the newlyweds and ensures a happy future for the couple.
Meaning Behind the Phoenix and the Dragon
When I researched the meaning of the dragon and the phoenix on the internet, I was very happy that it was the one that stood out to me all those evenings I passed the invitation store on the way from work because of its meaning. The Dragon and the Phoenix represent the balance of male and female power within Chinese culture. Also, it is symbolic of a blissful marriage.
My Next Blog Entry – The Topic of Invitations Continued
And if you are wondering why about the title include the words, ‘The Red Bomb,’ it is because many Taiwanese (and maybe many Chinese) refer to receiving a wedding invitation as receiving a ‘Red Bomb.’ For info regarding the differences in receiving a wedding invitation in Canada and a ‘red bomb’ in Taiwan, it will be the topic of my post in this series, so be sure to check back next Saturday. (It was my original intention to combine the two topics but it would have made for one very long whirlwind of a blog post)
Now, over to you! How did you or would you pick a wedding invitation?