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Wedding Custom for Chinese

3 more months to go…or even less…I’m very excited aboout my wedding day…many people ask me why did I want to set up this blog? I should have spent more time resting or doing other things I enjoy.

I enjoy sharing…sharing my knowledge with friends and relatives…in Singapore, I can’t really find a one-stop website where I can find the infomation. I have to literally fishevery bits of information from my friends who are getting married or had just gone through marriage.

I have feedbacks thatthis blog is very helpful for locals. Some said it is a bit messy. They suggest the info to be more systematically lay out. I will take note of it.

This year is 2006 and still, traditional customs have to be followed. The information I placed below are from http://www.chinabridal.com/etiquette.htm. It is a very useful website on wedding for Chinese.

Pre-wedding ritual:

After the betrothal meeting, both families will make announcement to their relatives and friends by sending out “Double Happiness Cakes” along with invitations. The bride’s family then prepares dowry and give a list of the dowries to the groom’s family. The groom’s family performs “setting bridal bed” ritual… The groom’s family decorates the bridal house for the wedding, while the bride’s family prepares household accessories, mostly bedding and dining necessities, for the new home.

Wedding Day Ceremony:

On the day of the wedding, two families performs “hair dressing” ritual and “capping” ritual for the bride and groom respectively. Then the groom sets out to the bride’s home, and he will inevitably be blocked at her door by her friends, and the bridesmaids will play door game with the groom and his attendants. The bride and groom will then leave her home and proceed to meet the groom’s parents for Tea Ceremony. The wedding date ceremony ends with a feast which features elaborate Chinese wedding food.

Wedding Night:

The night of the wedding, the bridal room will lit dragon and phoenix candle to drive away the evil spirit, the newlyweds will drink wine from two cups tied together with a red string, arms crossed from each other. This is the formal wedding vow in Chinese culture. Then the bride will be offered dumplings that’s boiled half-raw. The pronunciation of “raw” is the same as giving birth to children, a indication of family prosperity.

Post- wedding customs:

The next morning of the wedding, the bride should get up early and make a meal for the groom’s family to demonstrate that she is well-nurtured. Three days after the wedding, the groom and bride will go back to visit the bride’s parents.

When I see all these customs, I was like “WOW!!!”…how did you manage to remember all these?


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