The Wedding Day
8:08 a.m (inChina, the number “8” represents good luck): The groom needs to pick up the bride from the bride’s house to the groom’s house. In the past, the bride will be brought to the groom’s house in a Chinese Bridal Sedan Chair. But nowadays people use wedding cars instead. Usually there are more than ten cars to make a “wedding car team”. People usually judge the groom rich or not by counting the car numbers. Of course, the young groom doesn’t have a car, but he has to rent cars so as not to humiliate the bride’s family. If there are no cars on the wedding day, people will think the groom is very poor, and probably those people will gossip for a long time.
The Wedding Ceremony
Though the bride wears a long white dress and the groom wears a black dress suit, they still need to kowtow as Chinese traditional weddings. From their facial expressions I can see that this young couple is not so willing to do this, but this is not up to them now. People around “forced” them to kowtow three times, the first signifying obeisance to heaven and earth, the second to their parents, then
the parents give red envelopes (lucky money) to the couple, and the third to each other. When they kowtow to each other, the bride’s headwear gets tangled with the groom’s hair. Then everybody laughed, and the wedding MC says timely: “you two are really combined, never apart.”
The Wedding Banquet
After the wedding ceremony, the wedding banquet starts! People are really hungry at this moment, because they’ve been excited for a whole day with an
empty stomach! In the middle of the banquet, the couple walks to every table and people toast for them. But for the elders, they need to give lucky money to the young couple.
The Wedding Room
After the banquet, usually the groom is drunk because he should drink a lot of liquor to show his gratitude to the guests, so people have to send him back to the gorgeous wedding room for a rest. In the wedding room, there are many decorations: colorful lights and ribbons, and the most important are the red
Chinese characters “double Xi”, which is essential and indispensable. When the groom is “brought” to the wedding room, it means the wedding is ending. All in all, however, no matter where the wedding takes place, it is full of laughter, blessing and happiness.