Some good luck charms
for you?

Congratulations! This is your day, the day of your life. According to an English wedding tradition, a bride could bless herself with all the luck she needs by taking along four symbolic pieces of “something” on her grand day. So what would be your good luck charms?

Something old for a lasting marriage

It can be your mum’s vintage bag, scarf or jewellery. Some brides even wore their mums’ wedding dresses!

Something new for a beautiful future

This is easy, since practically everything on the bride is new. From the wedding gown, to the wedding band, to the 四点金 Si Dian Jin set from your mother-in-law.

Something borrowed for additional happiness

Ask mum, sis, or your friends. They will be more than happy to back you up with a little pin for your hairdo, champagne flutes for your ceremony, or just something that symbolises a lucky charm.

Something blue for love, purity and fidelity

Simply add a spot of blue to your bridal bouquet, wear a blue-ribboned hair vine, paint your nails baby-blue… essentially anything blue.

Sometimes, a wedding’s most memorable moments are these Chinese traditions that shower the couple with well-wishes.

梳头 Shu Tou
(Hair-Combing)

Wake up to beautiful blessings. 梳头 Shu Tou or hair-combing is one of the most touching wedding traditions where the parents of the bride comb her tresses three times on the morning of the day she leaves home to start a new life.

A blessing is said with each combing. A tear-jerking moment every time.

“一梳梳到尾”

May your marriage last till the end of time.

“二梳梳到白发齐眉”  

May you have love and respect for each other till old age.

“三梳梳到子孙满堂”

May you have an abundance of children and grandchildren.

敬茶 Jing Cha
(Tea Ceremony)

This represents a significant moment when two families become one. Through the respectful act of tea-serving, the newlyweds ask for blessings from their parents, in-laws, and elders.

The ritual is usually held on the wedding day at the couple’s homes. First, at the groom’s when he fetches his bride home. Then, at the bride’s place when she returns to her parents from the groom’s abode.

The couple will serve tea to their elders, and in turn, they will be served by their juniors. Here’s the hierarchical order:

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Uncles/Aunties (in order of seniority)
  • Elder siblings
  • Elder cousins
  • Younger siblings
  • Nieces and nephews

Gifts in the form of red packets or jewellery will be presented to the bride and groom after each serving. These gifts are placed on the tea tray to be kept by the bridesmaid or best man.

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