Caroline and Alex- #Vietnamese engagement ceremony
Oh how AWESOME are weddings from other parts of the world??? I mean seriously, the colors, the food, the traditions….. I just love those weddings. This week we share the wedding traditions from the east and the west- fusion rocks!!! We love the diversity of ethnic weddings and all the little historical facts. Bonny took the lead on this wedding and all the glory of the Vietnamese history. WTG Bonny!!!
Vietnamese weddings begin with an engagement ceremony and was considered very important even more than the wedding ceremony because it was an official day to announce the wedding. In addition, the relationship between two families. Remember, many marriages around the world were arranged. that means an engagement ceremony was one of the first times the couple meets. That old tradition has given way to a more traditional dating situation. The engagement varies and it is less important and varied for each region, but when you are lucky to attend, you are in for a real treat!!!!
The gifts are prepared by the fiancé’s family several days before the engagement ceremony. Traditionally the gifts were placed on a number of trays. The number must be an odd number 5, 7 or 9… trays depends on the condition of the fiancé’s family.
And here is the introduction of Alex, the groom, in traditional Vietnamese attire. He will present these flowers to the bride during the engagement ceremony.
In Vietnamese beliefs, the odd number and the red color will bring luck to the young couple. The gifts include betel leaves, areca nut fruits (trầu, cau), wine, tea, husband-wife cake (bánh phu thê) and sticky rice. The colors are
On the engagement day, the fiancé family brings the gifts to the fiancé’s family with the warmly welcome. After receiving the gifts, the young couple prays in front of the fiancé’s family altar to ask for approval of fiancé ancestors. When this ritual finishes, the fiancé give the fiancé the engaged ring.
I guess she said YES!!!!!
One of the highlights of any wedding ethnic wedding is the glorious outfits. Look at the intricate nature of vietnamese wedding ao dai
The permission ceremony begins in front of the bride’s ancestor altar. The bride and groom burn incense sticks, asking for permission from the ancestors to bless them. The couple turns and bows to their parents, gives thanks for raising and protecting them. The bride and groom then bow to each other.
The bride and groom, in front of all their guests, will serve tea (or wine) to their parents. Each parent will then give advice about marriage and family to the couple. A candle ceremony will follow, symbolizing the joining of the bride and groom and the joining of the two families. The groom’s gift boxes filled with jewelry will be opened by the groom’s mother, who will then put each piece on the bride for good fortune.
Since they are officially engaged, it is time for the wedding and party…….