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Topic: In need of Zen-themed wedding ideas!  (Read 1918 times)
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« on: December 23, 2007 03:47:21 PM »

I'm thinking about a Zen-themed wedding, since I absolutely love Zen. Any ideas to get my mind rolling? Pictures or websites would also be really helpful! Things I've already know I like... small zen gardens and those pretty paper lanterns. Any ideas for invitations? Flowers? Decorations? Any input would be much appreciated! Thanks!!  Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2007 06:52:37 PM »

for invitations you could do very simple cards with Japanese or Chinese calligraphy on the front and your information inside. it depends on which school of zen you are more affiliated with, or which culture. the Japanese word for marriage is engumi, the Chinese word is hun shi. I don't have pictures of the calligraphy though...
 this is Japanese kanji for bond. i think that is pretty and meaningful and simple.

for table decorations I was thinking using pretty smooth stones on scattered sand (check with your venue about this) with simple white candles in the middle.

for flowers I love the simple look of plain white lilies like this
wrapped in white ribbon. or what ever your color is.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007 08:37:56 PM »

incidentally, it's against chinese superstition to write a wedding invitation in black and white because it it severe bad luck (and only used for deaths) if that's any interest to you. (and sorry if you all ready knew that).
it sounds like a really beautiful and elegant idea for a wedding.
i don't really know anything about zen, but i say keep things simple.  maybe not a lot of busy patterns, but solid colors and geometric shapes.  does that make any sense?
maybe you could use cherry blossoms/flowers as part of the theme?
like this:
that's what i mean by geometric.  it's clean and elegant.
and this website came up in google:
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007 12:09:54 PM »

when you say zen...

are you thinking a clean, minimalist zen, with a lot of blacks whites and river rock greys, or are you thinking more of forest temples, chimes and delicate greenery?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2008 09:52:18 AM »

Thank you for all the pictures and ideas. I've heard somewhere along the way that black and white are for deaths only, and that a bride does not wear white as it's a funeral color.

I love the pictures of the flower arrangements. They really help with the creative process.

Goldfishhead -- I want soft and romantic, yet simple at the same time. Chimes and delicate greenery, yes. I don't like the idea of minimalist, but I do like the idea of having it elegantly simple.

morbidlovexox -- Thank you for the Japanese symbol. Those little tidbits are great to know!

jaykayare -- Thanks for the website link. I'll definitely check it out.

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