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.
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.
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