8 Adorable Ideas for Incorporating the Lunar New Year Into Your Wedding
January 22, 2023 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the transition from the Year of the Tiger to the Year of the Rabbit — or Cat if you’re following the Vietnamese calendar — and it lasts until February 1st. Kind, confident, and strong, the Rabbit is an impressive animal we can all take note from. Moving toward a goal, like making a commitment in a relationship, the rabbit will not let negativity get them down. The Cat is equally remarkable, just like your typical pet feline, they’re sensitive, cautious, and highly intelligent.
Both animals are worth celebrating on your big day, and below, we’ve found the decorations you’ll want to add to your wedding that celebrate these animals of the Chinese and Vietnamese zodiac.
These small rabbit figurines can be used in a variety of ways at your reception. While you could use them as is, spray paint them metallic or the colors of your wedding for a one-of-a-kind decoration on tabletops. Pair them with a cardholder to indicate seating arrangements at tables or to label the foods on your buffet. And you can also get cat figurines. Ten-Piece Rabbit Figurines by Toymany available on Amazon, $16.99
While this platter probably isn’t big enough for a wedding cake, you can put other treats on it, like mini cupcakes. Or put the cake stands on each table for the base of your centerpieces. Everyone will be delighted by these rabbits trying to climb on top of the ceramic plate. Decorative Bunny Cake Stand by Newman House Studios available on Amazon, $27.99
If you’re hosting an outdoor wedding, this cat-shaped topiary will be a hit. It comes with four different flower collars, some more appropriate for winter and others best suited for summer, depending on which season you tie the knot. Decorative Cat Garden Statue by The Lakeside Collection available on Amazon, $25.99
Made with various pastels, this garland comes in the perfect color combination for a spring wedding. With rabbit ears on every few felt balls, this is a subtle way to add the rabbit to your decor. It would go well hanging over a dessert table or draped in a photo booth area. Spring Garland by GlamCelebration Etsy Shop, Starting at $21.80
Sure, you could use the standard gold pen for guests to sign your guestbook, but why not add a bit of fun with these cat pens? With 12 pens delivered in each pack, you’ll have plenty left over to use however you want. Cute Cat Gel Pens by ReCheng available on mazon, $12.99
For those planning a formal sit-down dinner, here’s a cute detail to add to your plating arrangement if you’re using cloth napkins. These rabbit napkin rings come in silver or bronze metals. You can pick the tone that matches your palette, or you can choose a mixture of both. Twelve-Piece Rabbit Napkin Rings by Videlly available on Amazon, $16.99
These origami bunnies are made from vibrant Japanese Chiyogami paper with gold foil. They’d make adorable table decorations around your centerpieces. Guests will want to take them home to remember your special day. Origami Bunny Set by PetiteSlo Etsy Shop, Starting at $12.76
Crafted for cocktails, these cat stirrers are elegant and whimsical. Match them with gold straws to help mark another item off your to-do list. Who wouldn’t want to sip a drink with one of these cuties in it?Cat Drink Stirrers by DesignHivery Etsy Shop Starting at $23.97
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