Congratulations to China’s power couple Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming who recently got married. The couple have been dating since 2009 after meeting each other for the first time at a Karaoke party. Angelababy dreamed since childhood of getting married in a castle. Her dream finally became reality taking form into this absolutely beautiful fairytale wedding held at Shanghai Exhibition Center. Also she truly looks like a real princess in her crown and elegant wedding dress. We wish them a lifetime of happiness together!
三书: The official documentation that
needs to be prepared when proposing
聘书-Official engagement proposal
礼书-A list of all the betrothal gifts
from the groom’s family to the
迎书-A document given to the bride on
the day of the wedding,
similar to a marriage certificate
六礼: The six etiquettes in proposing
纳采Proposal: Usually done between the
parents of the bride and groom
问名Matching: Matching of the birthdates
and names of the bride and groom to see if they are compatible for each other
纳吉Betrothal Gifts: Where the groom
prepares the betrothal gifts for the female’s family
纳征Engagement Party: When the grooms
family chooses an auspicious day to hold the engagement party
请期 Choosing a Date: When the parents
of the family chooses an auspicious day to hold the actual wedding. Avoids
dates with the numbers 3, 6, and 11.
亲迎 Wedding: The day of the wedding.
安床: Preparing the marriage bed
Preparing the bedroom for the couples after
they are married, must be done on an auspicious day. Included putting dragon
and phoenix sheets (龙凤被) on the bed. Putting peanuts, dates, longan, and lotus
seeds to represent the wish for them to have children. The people who build and
bed and set it up has to be people with good luck. The room is decorated red with paper cutouts of the “double xi” 双喜
闹洞房 Rioting in the Wedding Chamber:
When the groom’s brother and friends go
into the wedding chamber to disturb the bride and the groom. Represents新人不闹不发，越闹越发,
a wish to get rid of the bad energy so that the bride and groom wouldn’t argue
after they are married.
The brides dowry which usually included the
clothing and jewelry but also things to represent good luck such as
scissors(because they look like butterflies), a spittoon (represents having
children), vases (represents wealth), shoes (wordplay that the bride and groom
would grow old together), ruler (represents harvest).
上头 Brushing of the hair:
Done the day of the wedding when the bride
and groom are dressing in their own rooms. The brushing of the hair is done by
an older women who has had a successful marriage. As they brush they say一梳梳到尾，二梳梳到白发齐眉，三梳梳到儿孙满地，四梳梳到四条银笋尽标齐
(sweet beginning of marriage till the end, harmonious marriage till old age, many
sons and grandsons, abundance of wealth and long-lasting marriage).
撑红伞 Holding a red umbrella:
When the bride with her sisters and friend
stand outside. They open a red umbrella and throw rice to wish the bride to
have many children.
哭嫁 Crying of
When the people from the grooms family
comes to pick of the bride in a sedan, usually carried by four people. The bride
must cry to show that she doesn’t want to leave her parent’s house.
盖头 Head covering:
A red cloth 3 by 3 feet that covers the
head of the bride. Not lifted until the groom lifts it in the wedding chamber.
The first bow to heaven and earth, the
second bow is to the parents of the bride and groom, and the third is when the
bride and groom bow to each other.
When the bride and groom each drink out of a
cup of wine while linking their arms, represents their unity.