(Closed) Chinese Brides – is this just part of the culture?

posted 7 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
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162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know about that….

Usually the new couple and their parents sit in the headtable. The headtable will have 10 seats, so some other significant people sit in the remaining seats. i.e. grandma, grandpa, bride’s uncle…etc.

Never heard of anyone invite foreginer to sit in the headtable…

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@amariem25:

I’m Chinese and it sounds odd to me too. But it sounds like a kind gesture or show of respect. Is your dad the boss or a higher up in the company? The bride’s dad was probably just trying to show respect to the boss. Maybe he thought it would be turned down. Or he could be treating his daughter’s wedding as a way to schmooze with the boss? Either way I imagine the daughter is probably fuming!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@amariem25: I’m chinese and this is definitely not normal. The head table is reserved strictly for immediate family, at least that’s the case at all the family weddings I’ve been to! I agree with Cola262: Is your dad the CEO or high executive at the company? This sounds like a huge sign of respect towards your dad.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I’m not sure how it goes in the mainland, but old chinese people I know here like to invite EVERYBODY to celebrations, even people they don’t really know too well. So he just probably invited your dad because he was really happy and wanted everyone to celebrate / show off. As for the sitting at the head table – he might have realized that it would be awkward for your dad to sit at another table if he didn’t know anyone else. 

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