Weddings from Around the World
Add some spice to your ‘I do’ with an exotic wedding theme.
Instead of all the stress and non-stop planning of most North American weddings, imagine having your marriage cleared from all bad luck and getting gifts of jewelry from the groom – all as part of your wedding prep! These are just some of the perks of a Chinese wedding, which traditionally includes “six etiquettes” – the formal proposal (nacai), the matching and blessing of the bride and groom birthdates (wenming and naji), sending and receiving gifts between the bride and groom (nazheng), choosing the ideal “lucky” wedding date (qingqi) and the wedding ceremony (qinying).
If you’re looking for a complete departure from the white ball gown wedding dress, then you’ll be excited by the red silk Chinese bridal dress, called the kwàhn kwáa. Adorned with floral images and embroidered dragons and phoenix, it’s a standout piece that’s still more manageable than a poofy gown. The bride truly is the centre of attention, with the ceremony room and wedding favors matching her dress, decorated in red and with images of dragons and phoenix.
As my friend Charmaine explains, you can’t include all the fabulous customs on your big day, so you’ll want to select one or two elements or ceremonies to match your wedding vision.
“We will likely have a Chinese tea ceremony. It’s very important to pour tea for our elders and loved ones. (We would) alternate between serving the grooms side and brides side (and) receive red pockets – called ‘Lai see’ – upon serving the tea. It means older generations (are) passing on their luck.”