Yesterday, I showed you a bit of the bachelorette party. Its nothing crazy, right?
After going home at some funky after midnight hour, I finally went to bed somewhere around 3:30am and caught a few hours of sleep before waking up.
Saturday was a busy day. It included getting the material for the door games and putting on nail polish. I never put on nail polish before this week, so I did a test run earlier in the week before doing it for my friend’s big day. I used this Dynamite nail polish called Wine Bar. It was a dark hue of reddish-purple. I really like it 🙂
By the evening, I had packed up everything and headed to pick up the bride and then to the hotel as we were all staying over there to make sure we would be up at 5am for everything. Plus, we had to be there to see the hair ceremony. Chinese traditions start way before the wedding day, in case you didn’t know.
The hair ceremony was really thorough in this one. Usually you just get a good luck woman to do it. In the sense that they need to be in a happy marriage and have kids. I think thats the general idea of the criteria. I’m not very good at this stuff but I’m really interested in it. And I know Day’s also would be!
The bride to be has to go shower and wash her hair and change into new everything from underwear to pyjamas before the ceremony. Plus, she gets these cute slippers with the words wife on it.
They set up the table like this:
Hair Ceremony Setup
And then they do the hair brushing with 3 strokes and pin that little green pine leaf into the bride to be’s hair. You need to leave the candles burning till the end and not move it. Plus, every single item has a meaning and this wonderful woman who did this was telling her what each thing meant.
Explaining what everything means
And then it was time for some eating of the glutinous rice balls. These were made by a man there and it had three flavors: Lotus paste filling, lotus seed filling and black sesame filling. They were super good and they had these cute napkins also with the double happiness symbol!
My *empty* bowl and the double happiness napkin
Sorry about the empty bowl. It was really good! I just didn’t think about pictures until afterwards. *blush*
Thats what the night before the wedding looks like 🙂 Behind the scenes and all! The groom to be also gets the same thing. The details on that, I’m not sure about. I never even knew that men had to do it until on Saturday. We learn new things everyday, my friends!
After this, we all got ready for bed but didn’t actually go because we had to help prepare the centerpiece setup and I had to go write up the rundown for the door games and ended up going to bed at like 2am or 2:30am, plus we had the late night timing of the changing gowns process. Actual sleeping didn’t really happen till like an hour later and then the alarm rang at 5am the next morning…
And thats to be continued tomorrow with the actual BIG DAY (and its going to be a long post)!
I’ve been super tired so all these posts have been drafted so slow. This one is late as it is but tomorrow! I’ll get some more stuff up! 🙂
How are you enjoying these Chinese wedding traditions? Did you know about this before? Have you ever attended a Chinese style wedding?