Our very close friends, we’ll call them S&C (to protect their privacy), are getting married at the end of April. As part of their wedding rituals, Frank and I were invited to attend their Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony. It was our first time, and what an amazing experience it was. For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t), a Tea Ceremony is an official ritual to introduce the newlyweds to each other’s family. Newlyweds kneel in front of their parents (and other family members) to present tea. Those who receive the tea usually give the bride gifts such as jewelry or money wrapped in red envelope. S&C were showered with gifts which they graciously accepted and wore. I did some research but was not able to find why they had to put on each piece of gifted jewelry. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s out of respect for gift giver and because gold signifies good luck. (Hope this is right)
Here are some pictures of the ceremony, including before and after shots for S&C. S looks like he’s ready to battle it out with Mr. T. Check out all the bling on C, not to mention the matching Cartier watches!!!! I DIE! After the ceremony, the guests were treated to an amazing spread of Chinese food, dim sum, lobster, chicken, duck, rice, noodles. You name it, they had it and it all was DE-LICIOUS!. As you know , I LOVE food, so this was one of my favorite parts of the day. All in all, I was so happy and honored to be part of S&C’s special day. I wish them lots of luck, best wishes and lots of babies!
Cat and I are Peruvian and we don’t have any real “traditional” wedding rituals (that I know of). Do you have any unique wedding traditions?
Serving tea to the groom’s parents
Let the gift giving begin!
One of my favorite gifts!
Bling bling (check out the Cartiers, yes please)
With the bride and groom (how cute is S’ niece in the background!)