Diane and Tony celebrated their marriage on the long September weekend. Because there was so much going on during the day, I’m going to blog into two parts. Their wedding day started off with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony with bright red colors, gift presentation to the bride’s family and tea to parents and relatives.
At Diane’s house, there was a flurry of activities to make food and decorate the alter with flowers. I was expecting many relatives would be there to witness the union, but I underestimated how many people would fill the house! When Tony rolled up to Diane’s house with gifts, all of Tony’s relatives were right behind and lined up down the block. I’m not exaggerating when I think over 50 people were there.
Without further ado, here are the highlights for the tea ceremony.
The pig is THE most important item to bring to a bride’s family. If the pig isn’t there, no one in the groom side of the family is allowed in. I personally experienced that while standing in the freezing rain for one hour a few years ago. 😉
The gifts are exchanged and pass to the bride’s relatives, who then bring into the home.