Wedding Traditions and Customs in CHINA - Fashion Worldwide

If you have to attend a wedding in China, you should know what are the specific customs, what colors to wear, what gift you should buy, in other words, what to expect. Besides the fact that you’ll have fun on their specific music, here are some important aspects you should find out!

♥ The Perfect Time

Before the wedding ceremony, both families would arrange a wedding day according to Chinese “tung shing”. Chinese couples would even consult an astrologer or fortune-teller to find a favorable date derived from their birth dates. This way they follow the tradition and the timing would be perfect.

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♥ The Invitations

Chinese wedding invitations are usually presented in a long red envelope, similar to the traditional hongbao in which money is gifted to people at weddings or during Chinese New Year. On the envelope, you’ll find the “double happiness” character 囍 (shuangxi 双喜), which, back in the day, was hand delivered to the guests a few days before the wedding. Today the invitation is usually mailed out.

♥ The Photos

The wedding album won’t contain the pictures from the actual ceremony, as they usualy do everywhere in the world. The wedding photos are taken in advance, so they can be on display at the wedding breakfast.

♥ The Attire

For centuries, Chinese brides wore the traditional qipao, a bright-red silk dress with gold embroidery. The Chinese bride would follow the customs accordingly and these loose, high-necked, long-sleeve gowns fell all the way to the ground. The bride’s head, the hands and toes would be the only ones revealed. During the reception, the bride would often change special gowns multiple times throughout the night, just to display the opulence of her family.

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♥ The Decorations

The decorations for the wedding ceremony would contain for sure “red” (this color is associated with success, loyalty, honor, fertility, and love), “gold” (wealth and fortune). “White” and “dark colors” are avoided because it says they bring bad luck and are associated with funerals.

♥ The Activities

On the morning of the wedding, the groom and groomsmen would make their way to the bride’s home. Here, the bridesmaids would give the groom a hard time and would force him to negotiate his way into the house – there’s money involved. Once the groom made a satisfying offer and proved himself worthy enough by entering the house, he could join the bride’s parents for tea. This traditional tea is served by the bride and it consists in the parting ritual.


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♥ Food & Drinks

Weddings are a great excuse for families to show how wealthy they are by serving a 10- to 12-course meal. This would be a common activity at a Chinese wedding. The shark fin soup was once a delicacy, present in the menu. During time, they left it out from the wedding menu because, at a $100 a bowl, it could drain anyone’s bank account quickly enough. Due to the environmental implications, many couples are skipping shark and splurging on other menu items like fine French wine.

The groom will walk around the tables greeting guests and taking shots of baijiu, traditional Chinese rice-wine, with the guests.


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♥ The Music

At a Chinese wedding, guests would enjoy a performance called “the lion dance” in which performers are dressed as powerful felines swayed to the beat of drums, gongs and cymbals. This specific dance custom is meant to scare away evil spirits.

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♥ The Specific Customs

Soon after the wedding feast, friends and family would follow the couple into their bedroom, making as much noise as possible. This is meant to be a calling for a wealthy and happy life, and it’s all in the name of fun. Guests would try to stay in the room as long as possible, before the privacy-starved couple kicked them out.

At the end of the evening, the guests will give an envelope with the gift – usually money. For sure, they won’t put anything in multiples of four, because 4 is an unlucky number in China.

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