Taking Inspiration From Chinese Wedding Traditions

May 11th, 2015

Every culture celebrates wedding ceremonies in a different way. Here we will take a look at one of the most interesting traditions and customs from around the world; the Chinese wedding traditions. Perhaps you will find some inspiration amongst this information that could help make your own wedding extra special.

Chinese wedding ceremonies

Date: Most couples and their families will make every attempt to set the wedding date on a “lucky” day. This process might involve consulting the lunar calendar, a Chinese Monk or a temple fortune teller.

Dress: Traditionally the bride will wear the qipao. This is a red silk dress elaborately embroidered with gold. However, it is not uncommon for the bride to wear three or more different dresses throughout the day. This can include one for the ceremony, the banquet and a final dress for when the couple bid farewell to their guests. The groom’s attire is much simpler, usually consisting of a red silk jacket worn over dark trousers.

 

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Rituals: On the morning of the wedding, the groom will arrive at the bride’s home. Here he will be met by her friends and the bridesmaids who will play a game that involves preventing the groom from entering the home. Of course, this is all a bit of fun, and they let him in so that he can meet his bride-to-be and escort her and her parents to his parent’s home. Here the couple carries out a parting ritual where they serve tea to their parents. The parents will give them wedding gifts in return. If you want to find out more about Chinese wedding rituals, you may wish to visit chinese.983invitation.com. Here you will also find traditional Chinese wedding supplies.

Photos: A lot of couples in China choose to have their wedding photos taken before the wedding. And we don’t mean on the morning of the wedding, but up to two or three months before the ceremony! The couple will often hire traditional costumes or wedding attire for the occasion and select romantic backdrops (either natural or in a studio).

Food: The wedding banquet is a significant part of the wedding day, often consisting of twelve different courses. The finest food is served, often including bowls of shark fin soup (which costs around $100 a serving).

Post-wedding rituals: The morning following the wedding, the bride will traditionally prepare a meal for the groom’s parents. This is supposed to show the parents of her new husband that she is well brought up. Then, three days after the wedding the bride and groom will visit the parent’s of the bride.

Chinese weddings are colourful and lavish affairs that are steeped in tradition. You can gain many interesting ideas for your own wedding by looking at these traditions and customs, as well as those of ceremonies from around the world. I hope after reading this post that you are inspired to find out more about how people around the world tie the knot.

Thanks for reading.

International Wedding Traditions

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The idea of marriage is a cross-cultural idea, but each country, religion, and culture has different and special ways to celebrate the union between two lovers. Many traditions involve the consumption of libations, others fire (the eternal flame of love), food, and the breaking of glass/vase. SimplyBridal has collected a handful of traditions from different countries around the world to explore and share with the wedding community.

Planning The Head Table

September 12th, 2013

A seating chart at your actual wedding ceremony isn’t always necessary, traditionally all of the members attending in support of the bride sit on one side and the members attending to support the groom are on the other side. Many couples have chosen to abandon this tradition, as they believe that though their union, everyone is family so there shouldn’t be a seating plan.

Now, putting together a seating arrangement for the reception is a whole other ball game. Does the happily married couple prefer a sweetheart table, or would they rather be surrounded by their bridal party, or their family? Any of the following options is acceptable, but which one is right for your friends and family?

Thank you SimplyBridal for sharing this infographic with us.

Something Blue for your Wedding

August 1st, 2013

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. This is our very last infographic in the SOMETHING series, and we couldn’t be more proud of it! Our designer, Crystal, really put some glitz and glam into it. Selecting your “blue” item is probably the easiest of the four, with endless opportunities. The item could be anything, as long it’s got blue in it. If your looking to put some color into your wardrobe, add a blue sash, or had your bridesmaids wear blue dresses. Ask your grooms party to chose blue boutonnieres. There are a million more ways that you can incorporate blue; we’ve just organized the most popular ideas into one infographic!

 

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