As we all know that the Chinese wedding is one of the essences of the Chinese traditional culture. Using a red sedan, picking up the bride with mighty long procession guard of honor, bowing to Heaven and Earth together as part of a wedding ceremony, lifting the bride’s veil with some certain instrument and so on are all traditional processes of Chinese weddings. “Wearing a phoenix coronet and beautiful embroidered cape (worn over a woman’s shoulders) and the Chinese official groom’s clothes” to hold the Chinese style wedding, “searching for cultural roots, and attaching great importance to the traditional folk” have become the new “fashion” of modern people, this is the Chinese wedding. And followings are 15 processes of traditional weddings.
1, the ancestor worship: before the man going out to pick up his bride, he should do the ancestor worship first. And this tradition may be cut out from some cities, not all like this.
2, departure: the amount of the cars should be dual because these numbers are considered as preferred lucky numbers.
3, fire the fireworks: when the wedding ceremony cars are on the way, then they should set off firecrackers to celebrate the wedding all the way.
4, a boy who is waiting for the groom: when the groom gets to the bride’s home, there will be a boy who holding tea tray is waiting for the groom, so after the groom getting off the car, he should pay some money to the boy as the red envelope, and then he can go into the bride’s home.
5, lovable things: the groom should come to the bride’s room holding a flower, at this point, the bride’s best friends should stop the bride, because this time it is not allowed for the groom to see the bride. Then the bride can put forward the conditions for the groom and waiting for the promise, after the groom said yes then the groom could enter the room.
6, say goodbye to the parents: the new couple should do the ancestor worship at first, and then the bride should say goodbye to her parents, and covered the veil by her father, while the bridegroom can just do a bow salute.
7, leave the home: the bride should under the bamboo umbrella or the black umbrella taken by an older women to protect the bride walking to the car, because the status of the bride on the wedding day is bigger than anyone, so taking an umbrella says that in this day, the god shouldn’t compare who is more important with the bride.
8, limousine: after the bride getting on the car, and as the car is moving soon, her parents should use a bowl of clear water, as well as white rice pouring after the car, on behalf of the daughter was poured out just like the water. After the marriage, they will care nothing about the daughter and wish their daughter can achieve success no matter do everything, and wish their daughter have enough clothes to wear, have enough food to eat.
9, fire the fireworks again: leaving the woman’s house to the man’s house, on the way home, the fireworks should also be fired as well.
10, to touch the orange: when the new bride team arrived at the groom’s home, a child holding an orange will come to meet the new couple, and the bride need to touch the orange, and give a red envelope to the child. And these two oranges need the bride personally peeling at night, which means that it will attract “longevity”.
11, leading the new bride after the bride getting off the limousine, shall be blessed by an older man holding a bamboo sieve and cover it on the bride’s head, and then help the bride to enter the hall. That when enter the door, the couple must not step on the threshold, they should just across it.
12, the bride should walk across the hibachi before she came into the house, this action said that it can wash the stick and ominous fortune which bright by the bride. This action should be done before the bride enter the room.
13, wedding banquet: nowadays the western wedding ceremony combined with Chinese style is quite popular in Chinese weddings. And in the evening, the guests can enjoy the ceremony together. And the bride can take off her wedding dress and dresses in another dress to toast to all the guests one by one. At this time, the second dress should be simple, because if the dress is too long or too gorgeous, it will be inconvenient for the bride to toast to the others.
14, seeing the visitors out: after the completion of the reception, the couple should stand in front of the door to see all the guests out and say thanks to them. And several guests need to stay at the groom’s home, waiting for teasing the new couple, which I will mention in the following paragraph.
15, teasing the bride and the bridegroom on wedding night: this can be viewed as a little disaster to the new couple; depending on the couple ever teasing others in the other’s wedding ceremonies, or testing the new couple whether they will always be honest and so on. This action will be done by the new couple’s best friends or some older people who have some experiences.
Though these 15 processes are the traditional processes of Chinese wedding, some place doesn’t adopt such processes, because they think that these are too complex for them. With the development of economy and knowledge, new couples in many places will just choose several steps from these processes to hold their wedding ceremonies. And if you are a foreigner, and you really like Chinese culture, then you could try all these steps or just choose several of them to enjoy the atmosphere. Chinese culture is beautiful and amazing, if you really enjoy it, you can find more shiny spots from such traditions.