The traditional Chinese wedding can be a grand affair. It usually involves two main parts, a traditional Chinese wedding tea ceremony and a lavish dinner. Planning such an impressive event does require a lot of careful considerations. Even more so when you’re planning a ceremony away from home.
One brilliant destination to have your Chinese wedding ceremony is in Bangkok. Thailand is home to more than 9 million ethnic Chinese, who form about 15% of the Thai population. You’ll therefore find that the Thais are no strangers to Chinese culture.
Usually, a Chinese wedding begins very early in the morning when the groom and his friends (often called ‘Heng Dai’ or brothers-in-arms) come in a raucous group to come pick up the bride from her residence. Before the groom can get to his beloved bride however, he and his friends have to complete a set of ‘challenges’ set up by the bridesmaids (often called the ‘Chi Muis’). Once he reaches her, they both have to pay respects to their parents and relatives by serving tea and receiving gifts of money and jewelry. After this ceremony is over, everyone takes a break before the wedding dinner in the evening.
To help you keep track of what you need to do, here’s a simple checklist to get you started:
Choose a Venue Bangkok offers many attractive locations, most of which are hotels. However, there are several gardens and public event spaces that are willing to host your wedding too. You will have to secure two locations, one for the tea ceremony in the daytime and one for the evening dinner. To make things easier, choose a location where you can hold both events, and secure rooms for you wedding party to rest in between.
Trash out the Details Once you’ve secured a venue, decide on your wedding guests list and inform the venue what menu and decoration you’ll need. You’ll also have to inform them all related-details, for example if you need a wedding cake for the evening dinner, and what type of liquor (if any) is to be served.
Secure Wedding Costumes and Miscellaneous Items Small items like wedding costumes, tea sets, bridal book and wedding gifts should be rented or bought beforehand and then packed and flown over. These items should be prepared as soon as possible, as some of them require a specific fitting. But that doesn’t mean you need to be hasty when picking them, though. Always make careful and informed choices for your Chinese wedding items.
Role Allocations Gather your wedding party and assign roles, such as who brings what over in their luggage. Family and friends are usually very happy to be given a role to make your wedding run smoothly. Don’t forget to book photographers, a traditional Chinese wedding guide (Dai Kam Che), a makeup artist, a wedding dinner emcee(s) and so on.
Your Chinese wedding ceremony in Bangkok should always be carried out with some help from the locals, so establish a good communication with the staff of your wedding venue prior to the event date. Better yet, when possible, consider to secure a local Thai wedding planning agency to reduce your headache and burden.
Whether you choose to hire an event planner or to do everything by yourself, keep this checklist in your wedding-planning agenda for a spectacular Chinese wedding ceremony in Bangkok. And congratulations for your upcoming nuptials!