Even in today’s modern weddings, the Chinese Tea Ceremony remains a constant in weddings because it is an integral part of Chinese wedding customs and traditions.. The Chinese Tea Cermony is the most significant tradition of a Chinese wedding as it is where the bride and groom pay respect and show gratitude towards their family, who in turn blesses the newly weds as they start their life. If you need to familiarize yourself with this important ritual, you’ve come to the right place. We listed out the basic FAQs and added some tips and inspiration in today’s feature. Read on to learn on all the things you need to know about the Chinese Tea Ceremony.
(1) When does the tea ceremony take place?
The tea ceremony usually takes place at the morning of the wedding day just right after the door games.
(2) Where does the tea ceremony take place?
In today’s Hong Kong weddings, couples have adopted several options to cater to modern wedding schedules and venues. The first option is to hold the tea ceremony at the bride’s home where the groom “picks her up” after the door games. Then the couple proceeds to the groom’s home for the other half of the tea ceremony with the groom’s family. The second option is for couples to mimic this but instead in the bride and groom’s respective hotel rooms. In this case, the first part takes place in the bride’s hotel room with her family, and after, the couple proceeds to the groom’s room with the groom’s family. Lastly, some couples choose to mix the two options–from the bride’s home to the groom’s hotel from or from the bride’s hotel room to the groom’s home. These days, it’s flexible.
(3) Who attends the tea ceremony?
The couple, their parents, and close family members such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles attend the tea ceremony. However, some couples choose to omit aunts and uncles at times. The bridal party is also commonly present to help with the ceremony—making the tea, handing over teacups to the couples for them to present to their relatives, and washing the teapot can cups after the ceremony.