Chinese Wedding Traditions
Every culture celebrates the union of two people differently. Today we decided to draw your attention to some of the most fascinating Chinese wedding traditions.
The red color has a special place in the Chinese wedding traditions and that is why the brides wedding gown is usually red. Chinese people believe that this color stands for love, joy and prosperity and they even decorate the home of the bride and the groom in red on the wedding day.
Another interesting fact about Chinese weddings is that the wedding date is carefully chosen according to astrological signs. Couples are also generally married on the half-hour on their wedding day rather than at the top of the hour. The reason for that is the fact that in this way, the couple begins their journey together while the hands of the clock are moving up, rather than down.
On the wedding day, the groom arrives at the house of his bride on the way to the wedding chapel. The tradition dictates that he should bring gifts of cash, wrapped in red tissue, to give to his bride friends, in exchange for letting her go. Sometimes the wedding couple serves tea to the parents while kneeling in front of them, which is a symbolic gesture of asking for permission. The bride and groom always walk to the wedding stage together.
Chinese wedding ceremonies are traditionally attended only by the couples’s; immediate families. Just after the ceremony and before the wedding reception, the bride who honors tradition should serve tea to her in-laws in a formal ceremony. Then the couple usually goes to a professional studio for wedding pictures before they proceed to their guests reception.
The reception always starts with a welcoming speech, usually performed by an MC who is hired for the occasion. Then the cake cutting ceremony begins. The traditional wedding cake is immense, with many layers which symbolize a ladder that the couple will have to climb to succeed. Couples have to cut the cake from the bottom and work their way up. The cutting of the cake is traditionally the only event of the reception. The bride and groom feed each other a piece of cake with entwined arms and then they feed the grandparents while holding the cake together. Another interesting fact is that Chinese brides often change outfits at least three times during the reception.