Inspirations for Weddings & Debuts Magazine / News, Promos & Ideas / July 28, 2020

Shanghai Nights: Red, Lanterns, Cheongsam Cake

By Ronna Capili Bonifacio
Photographs by Ronan Capili
Catering and styling by Josiah's Catering
Shoot assistants: Patricia Valiente and Anna Isleta

Events designer Gideon Hermosa advises couples planning their wedding receptions at home to first consider the interiors. If your home or venue has Chinese elements, why not try a 1920’s Shanghai Nights theme? Work it into both your styling and menu, and it’ll be a surefire hit with your family. This theme will be a great way to pay homage to your family’s cultures.

Scroll below to see the styling and menu by Josiah’s Catering and cake by Angelyn’s Cakes.

Related: Reception at Home: A Spanish Spread

Share this photo blog with a couple planning their traditional wedding reception.

Including your family's tradition in your motif will be well received by your family.

Eastern Flavor | The classic dish of Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce is welcome in any menu.

Raise the Red Lantern | The traditional red lantern looks classy when combined with other elements such as lights and lamps.

Main Event | Braise Beef Short Ribs in Spice Orange is a crowd pleaser.


Tip: Dive into tradition when looking for styling inspiration. A bowl of flowers and petals filled with water is made chic through the bowl while a pair of chopsticks is given the extra touch with a few blooms.

Sweet Nothings | Borrow from French cuisine with a Chocolate and Mango Entremet Strawberry Coral Tuile to cap off a great meal.

Cheongsam Cake | Allow your cake artist to reinterpret classic Eastern elements from traditional wear to swans, to the kind of blooms, and of course, to the color red. Cake by Angelyn's Cakes.

Cake by Angelyn's Cakes