Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Chinese Wedding Dinner (3) 婚礼晚宴 ...



A typical Chinese Wedding
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The Couple welcomes the guest at the front door
that's usually around 7pm
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...



The parents of both couple greets each other
and invite other representative to the
main table
(usually well decorated table near the center stage) 
the TV monitors are only for the karaoke as 
well the wedding couples photos
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...




Not until 8:30am, typical Chinese Wedding,
it starts almost 1.5 hours later as
punctuality is never observed
(some guest even arrive after the wedding started after 9 pm)
It is a "Chinese" habit to be late for wedding dinners
at least that's what I know of Malaysian "Chinese"
But we arrive to any wedding dinner around or before 7 pm
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


There is always a Master of Ceremony is multiple language skills
of Chinese dialects who usually are also good in singing
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...



Of course, the first of the 8-9 course meal is first to be served
to the head table where the bridal sits
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...



and of course, the karaoke begins
when food is served
I admire the courage of those who go on stage
to sing but some of their skills are a little unbearable
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


At the 3rd or 4th course serving, there will usually (always) be
the cake cutting session on the stage,
most couple prefer the western approach
but a few still follow traditional Chinese ceremonies
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...



and the champagne
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...

Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


... plus maybe some romantic moments on stage
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


shortly,
... the parents of the couple or respected elderly of the family 
are invited to go on stage for a toast
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


... and everyone calls out "Yam Sheng" 3 times
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


... more food after that

Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...


.. and the 7th or 8th course of a 9-10 course meal dinner
the couple will drop by each table
to thank the guest by a toast 
where more "Yam Sheng" is shouted with the toast
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Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...

Brother's Wedding 弟弟的婚礼 ...

... and that's a typical Chinese Wedding
at least what I know of
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my brothers wedding
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17 comments:

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Laura.M said...

Congratulations to the newlyweds !!!!!
Good story, Wong. The weddings are the same here.
My oldest son is getting married on December 31. I will be the godmother:))
Have a good weekend.
A hug.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely wedding, and the later on there was fun, that's what a party is for.

Mama-Bug said...

Chinese weddings seem to be lots of fun and laughter! Best wishes to the newlyweds!

veredit said...

What a lovely wedding, and a so beautiful and such a wonderful couple. My heartiest congratulations!!

such a great party must bring just luck!

my very best wishes to the newlyweds!

Pupottina said...

happy wedding day ^__________^

it's a beautiful day in the life of lovers
it's a wonderful wedding party

George said...

Thanks for your photographic essays on Chinese weddings. I enjoyed all three posts.

Galen Pearl said...

Loved your comment on Darlene's blog and hopped over. I had the pleasure of attending a Chinese wedding when I lived in Bangkok. Very fun! And oh my goodness great food.

darlin said...

Wong thank you for sharing your brothers wedding. It's hard to fathom that much food even if it's over the course of the entire evening. The singing is definitely not something we do at a traditional wedding here, there's a band or dj these days and plenty of dancing. It looks like fun was had by all, the newlyweds look so happy... a huge congratulations and many years of wedded bliss to the newly married couple.

Have a wonderful weekend Wong.

Joop Zand said...

It's a very nice serie photo's, very colorful and lovely to see.

Thanks for sharing mr. Wong.

greetings, Joop

Cloudia said...

thank you for inviting us.

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Rob and Mandy said...

Well, your bro is very lucky!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

The wedding series is beautiful and the traditions are so interesting. Great photos.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Dawn said...

I like how relaxed this seems compared to the weddings I've been too! I like the "non-punctual" rule too....oh! and all the courses:))
Great captures...and memories!

Traveling Hawk said...

Interesting, Wong! The ceremonial and stages are, more or less, the same here, in Romania!

UIFPW08 said...

Congratulation Wong..

Dietmut said...

Wong very interesting report about your brother's marriage and nice photographs. Warm greetings, Dietmut