Chinese Valentine’s day is over, what’s next? The marriage!
In our walks, we mentioned how complicated the Traditional Chinese Marriage Ceremony is. Still want to get a Chinese pretty girl? Do you have 6 millions yuan as this Chinese man to get your bride?
Yes, it is a tradition that the groom has to pay a lot to get his bride, to thank for the nurture of the parents. The more the groom pays, the more respect they feel and the better the marriage is.
So now you make sure you have enough money to pay for the love, but that’s just the beginning! There are plenty of tradition to follow which keeps you busy for a whole year!
Before the wedding…
Meeting with both parents: to discuss how many guests in the banquet, how much the groom to pay the bride and other requirements mainly from the brides’ family. Make sure you practiced a good negotiation skill before you attend this critical meeting!
Pre-wedding photo shooting: We love taking photos! A big day like Wedding, of course we take a lot! We even have pre-wedding photo shooting a few months before! So if you regret for the marriage, make sure you run away early enough before shooting as it may cost you a lot!
Guest list: Most of the guests are invited by parents. The proportion is usually :
The parent’s friends+ relatives: The couple’s friends+ colleagues = 7:3
That’s why you will see a lot of people you’ve never met before in your wedding!
3 Letters & 6 Etiquette: Some traditional families are still following this complicated system. In short, watch this:
Hair combing ceremony: On the eve of the wedding, the bride and groom change a new set of clothing and shoes after showering with water infused with pomelo or pomegranate leaves. Attending female family members bless them aloud as they sit in front of an open window with the visible moon or in front of the mirror. A sweet dumpling will be served after the ceremony which symbolize a complete and sweet marriage.
On the wedding day…
‘Receive the bride’ challenge: Groom and groomsmen have to pass through all the challenge given by bridesmaid in order to get the bride! So, make sure you have groomsmen with all kind of strength like a singer, a drinker, an actor, a big eater and a fitness expert. The most important is they really love you very much to help you passing through all those brutal challenges.
Tea Pouring: the couple has to kneel down in front of the Senior relatives and hand them tea modestly.
This is not a bad job, as they will give you gold accessory or a red pocket (with money) in return.
At the wedding night…
On the bed: This is not yet time of romance. You toss your bride, crossing each other’s arms. And you will find many things on your bed with red bedsheets like dried longans, lotus seeds, red dates, persimmons, sprig of pomegranate leaves together with 2 red pockets. All these are there to make sure you will have a son soon!
Yeah! Now you know how to get a Chinese bride? What are you waiting for? Explore the city and find foreign love!
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