Dreaming of a truly individual, fun yet elegant wedding that you will never forget? Who doesn’t? Nowadays more and more young people in China put on the white gown and suite like what the Westerns do on their weddings, and slowly forget about the traditions… However, some newlyweds dust off the old favorites, and seize the opportunity to have a unique and unforgettable wedding ceremony by practicing the traditions and customs of a real Chinese wedding.
There are a few things that bride and groom must have for a Chinese traditional wedding:
1. Bride’s ceremony dress
Chinese bride’s wedding dress is typically red and features an embroidered phoenix, a divine bird in Chinese ancient legend and a traditional symbol for bride. Then she needs a red shawl and a phoenix crown. For the bride in North China, the wedding dress is traditionally a qipao or cheongsama qipao or cheongsam. This elegant one-piece dress highlights feminine curves and is still preferred by many brides today.
Bride in Chinese traditional wedding also wears a veil, but in a red color. Traditionally it features a red silk cloth to veil the bride’s face when she is transferred from her parents’ home to her husband’s. And the groom will finally uncover the bride’s veil.
3. The groom’s attire
For a traditional Chinese wedding, the groom usually wears a red “Number One Scholar” robe, matched with a black gauze cap. Today, the grooms abandon this exaggerated costume, but choose to wear a dark blue robe embroidered with a dragon.
4. A wedding sedan (or a carriage)
A wedding sedan carries the bride to the groom’s home. It is covered with a red curtain embroidered with dragon and phoenix. They are sedans carried by 4 people or 8 people.
5. The marital bed
For modern people, a Chinese traditional marital bed is more like a piece of art works. The material and workmanship are matchless. In the past times, it took about three years to finish a perfect marital bed. Today, many boutique hotels in China still have this kind of bed in their featured rooms.
The firecrackers are crackling and spluttering in celebration.
7. Fancy candles
Pairs of red candles emblazoned with silvery and golden dragon are lit in the hall and the bridal’s chamber at wedding.