**How to create the perfect Feng Shui wedding day**
© Written by Daniel Hanna 2011
“If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
A wedding is a very big event and with all big events, should be done as large and grand as possible. This day is very similar to Chinese New Year as you would spend this day as you mean to go on. There are certain do’s and don’ts of the day and we have written some of them below to get you started.
1) If possible, try and choose an auspicious day for the both of you for your wedding to ensure that your wedding day brings in a lot of good luck for you both and as they say with all big milestones in life
“Start as you mean to go on!” We have a daily Tong Shu Almanac on our Facebook page giving advice for wedding days and other important and everyday tasks for the day ahead. We also have a monthly Almanac which can be viewed by clicking this link but it may be worth looking at the Tong Shu software as weddings tend to be planned up to years ahead.
The Tong Shu is an ancient Chinese formula that helps you to plan many important and everyday tasks ahead to make sure you get the most out of everything you do; this has been around for many years and has helped many people all around the world to really get the best results of everything they do.
2) You should also try to choose an auspicious time for your wedding ceremony to start (this will be the time you write down on your invites) so that you really do get the best luck possible during your special day.
3) Try to get a lot of photos on this day and get the best ones framed and hung in your house. This will create a really good atmosphere around the home and will also bring a lot of Sheng Chi in to the home.
4) As far as your budget will allow you, it is generally considered that a big, expensive car (a fancy cart in the older days) will help bring great wealth to you in the future. Obviously weddings can be a VERY expensive day so make sure that you do not go over your budget when renting a car as this can cause money to leak from savings in the future as with Feng Shui, everything must be done in scale. If you can’t afford a big fancy car I would not worry too much, the key to getting this perfect is to only spend what you can afford; if you can afford a big rolls Royce, by all means get one but if you are on a budget make sure that you spend what you are happy with as this will set a good balance with wealth for the future.
5) Try to make your wedding flowers as big and as beautiful as you can afford. Fresh cut flowers symbolise good Sheng Chi (Good luck) and make great gifts for guests to take away to share your new luck but make sure that you dispose of the flowers once they start to wilt. One way of preserving the flowers would be to clip a head off and press a beautiful flower head; you can find more information on flower pressing by clicking on this link.
6) It is very important that you do not argue on your wedding day as this can start the marriage off in a bad way. Weddings can be a very stressful day with trying to make sure that everything goes perfectly so if you do happen to have cross words with each other at any stage of the day, apologise to each other straight away and move on.
7) A wedding is a massive social event but be sure that you do not neglect spending time with your new partner on this day when you are busy socialising with your family and friends as this could lead to a distant relationship in the future. This doesn’t mean that you have to be joined at the hip with your new partner all day long but make time with your loved one on this day.
** We supply a lot of pairs of Mandarin ducks for people to place on the tables at wedding for each guest to take home as it is believed that sharing the bride and grooms good luck on the day also helps the recipient and is considered good luck
to everyone who receives them**
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8) Make sure that you smile as much as you can throughout this day. A simple smile can bring great amounts of good luck and will even spread seriously fast across the room!
9) The big meal! A traditional Chinese wedding will include 8 courses, with a 9th course for dessert. 8 is considered the luckiest number in Chinese culture and the word for 9 sounds like ‘dragon’ in Chinese. After the fifth course, the couple will often wander around from table to table socialising with their guest and giving their thanks for the presents and for attending. Obviously this can work out a very long and expensive meal so if you cannot afford to do this, try to keep the number of courses in even numbers although you should try to avoid having four courses as this is considered very unlucky to the Chinese.
10) If you are giving money as a gift to the bride and groom, it is a traditional custom to give the money in an Ang Pow. This is a Chinese red envelope and is also used for birthdays, gifts at a funeral to cover costs, Chinese New Year and all other gift giving events.
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© Daniel Hanna, Feng Shui Store 2011