Are you curious about how a fusion Chinese wedding is like? Are you planning to have a fusion Chinese wedding in the nearly future? Or, you are attending your friends’ Chinese wedding but you have no idea what to expect? Don’t worry, A.Vision Studio crew is going to show you what is it like to have/attend a fusion Chinese wedding!
Marriage is one of the most important events in Chinese culture. A perfect wedding symbolizes a good start of the marriage and families. Many people even say that, getting married is much more tiring than going to work. The bride and the groom families will help decorating the new home of the couple one day before the wedding so they can have some rest. Here is the run down on the actual wedding day:
|TIME||BRIDE’S HOUSE||GROOM’S HOUSE||A.Vision Studios Crew|
|5:30 am||Makeup Preparation||Breakfast||Arrive and Start Shooting|
|7:00 am||Bridesmaids arrive, getting preparation||Groomsmen arrive, getting preparation|
|8:00 am||Makeup Finishing||Leaving to pick up|
|9:00 am||Tea Ceremony & Game Bring the bride home|
& have another tea
|12:00 pm||Church Wedding|
|1:00 pm||Photography Time with Guests|
|6:00 pm||Wedding Banquet|
|8:00 pm||Cocktail Reception|
|10:00 pm||Finishing||Finishing Shooting and Leaving|
Nowadays, a large amount of young Chinese couples still follows the routine of the tradition Chinese wedding and mostly organized by their parents. It is a tradition that the groom picks up the bride and have tea ceremony at her house in order to show respect to the in-laws. Before seeing the bride, the groom will need to finish all the tasks the bridesmaids set up for him. The purpose of the game section is for the groom to show his love towards the bride and he would do anything just to marry her. In addition, this is also a fun way of showing to impress the bridesmaids and letting them know that he will take good care of their best friend in the future. Going to the bride house symbolizes that the groom is being accepted by the family and he will be sharing the family responsibilities as a member of the new families. Meanwhile, the bride will also need to knee down and serve the tea to her parents. It is the most traditional way of saying goodbye to the parents and for thanking them of all the things they do her as a parent. The same tea ceremony will happen again when the bride arrives the groom house but without the gaming section. Most of the parents, couples, and even guest cry during the tea ceremony and it is one of admin’s favourite parts during every Chinese traditional wedding.
As shown in the timeline, Chinese wedding is a very long day and starts before the sun rises. The bride has to get up around 4:30 in the morning, and the makeup artist arrives before 5:30am so she can have time to do everyone’s make up on time. It is very important to be on time on the wedding day so the couple do not miss the “right” time for their church ceremony. Most of the tea ceremonies are taken at home, thus bride and groom have to obligate enough traffic time to the church, as well as the preparation time in the church. In Chinese wedding, parents are very serious with the time. They pick the “right” time according to the date and advices from many Feng Shui experts so that the newly couples will have a long lasting happy marriage.
Most of the time, the wedding banquets and dinner are in the evening. People can take a rest in the afternoon and A.Vision Studios may suggest the bride and groom to take some pre-wedding photos during afternoon time. The wedding banquet starts around 6:00pm, and usually it takes couple hours to finish. There is very little time for the couple to sit down and eat during dinner. All the family members and friends from both sides will come and the couple will be busy meeting/greeting them. Not all the Chinese Weddings have cocktail party after the banquet, but most of the newly married couple will have after party or dinner after the banquet.
Last but not least, the major difference between Western and Chinese wedding is gift. It is common to see couples prepare small gifts for thanking the guests coming to their wedding in both styles of wedding. However, if you are attending a Chinese Wedding then you should be bringing a red pocket with you. It is a tradition wedding gift in Chinese Culture as gestures of appreciation and blessing to the new couple. The amount of money is totally up to you, and depending on how close you are with the hosts. Giving money might sound pretty strange to you but I strongly encourage you to attend a tradition Chinese Wedding once and experience the culture yourself.
Feel free to invite our crew to your wedding and comment below to let us know about your culture wedding.