Well the “big day” finally came and went! We had only 2 days to prepare and it actually went pretty smoothly, I guess it’s a factor of having no nerves as we didn’t have time to be stressed or to think about what was going to happen during the Wedding Day.
So everything was a bit rushed around, we bought our clothes a day before and rings etc., It turn out alright though and we got a video recording being developed which recorded the whole day from when I wake up to the party at the end.
I didn’t know what the day was going to turn out like, but it started with me in a hotel room, waiting for partner to get ready. Then went to her father’s house to collect her in a personal car (got x6 arranged!). Then had to pay money to enter the house/room, then had to serve tea to her father. Then I was supposed to carry her down the stairs, but since we were on the 6th floor – it wasn’t really possible!
Then went to the hotel room and her Aunt and Uncle put some nuts and egg on the bed and changed the covers to red colour. Then, we took a tour around the city and then had lunch.
After this we prepared for the part and found that 160 people were attending (many family of partner’s father, who we never met). Anyway, we received small packets of money which is part of the tradition – so that was good!
Then we had a wedding type ceremony in front of everyone, had to stamp on some balloons and then exchange rings and then talk. This was something I couldn’t do in Chinese, but partner tried to translate. Then I had to sing a love song in Chinese, which was pretty difficult! But it was fun.
Then we sat down to eat and changed clothes. We didn’t have much time to eat as we had to say cheers to everyone with white wine. Then we offered tea to everyone and in exchange gave us some more money. It was a shame as the food looked really nice (sea food, pork cuts, chicken etc.,) but we never had time to sit down and enjoy it as we were up and about all the time.
After serving tea we had to wait near the exit doors and wait for everyone to leave and say thanks and give sweets to them.
The day was really long from 7am to 11pm, but was certainly an experience and went really well.Related Posts: