Post # 1
I’m a Taiwanese-American bride. I’m pretty much clueless about Taiwanese wedding traditions, so please help me out! I know vaguely about the wedding cookies, and I know about wedding photography – but I really don’t know much beyond that. When my parents got married in Taiwan, it was pretty much just them and my mom’s family (dad’s side was already in the U.S.). My mom said that the wedding photographer pretty much just organized everything for them.
I’ve asked my cousin’s wife, but her wedding happened so fast, they never planned any traditions so she doesn’t really know about it. She told me to ask my aunt, who is the most traditional in our family – but I feel uncomfortable asking her because marriage hasn’t been the happiest topic in her life.
Incorporating Taiwanese customs into the wedding is very important to me, so if any brides can help me out, I will be so grateful!
Post # 3
What do you mean by wedding photography being a Taiwanese tradition?
We had a traditional tea ceremony with our families at the rehearsal dinner. There wasn’t enough time to include it on the wedding day. My husband also purchased the Chinese wedding cookies for my parents to give to their friends.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
@louisianablue: maybe she means the posed “glamour” wedding portraits that get done in the studio?
I’m also Taiwanese-American, but don’t really know any customs.. the only one really is incorporating the double happiness symbol somewhere/anywhere. Also it might be a little late, but when we got engaged my mom got cakes to give to friends (they were kind of like moon cakes but specifically for “announcing” engagements).
Post # 5
Here’s a good website describing Chinese traditions in general…I’ve posted it before. Look to the right at Customs and Traditions
Really..what customs you do will depend on what Chinese dialect group you’re from. E.g. My Dad is Cantonese, so I’m considered Cantonese though my Mom is Hakka
A majority of the Taiwanese Chinese unless if you’re aborigine are Minan/Hokkien in ethnicity.
But really..it happens:
(1) exchange of gifts between the bride and grooms families
(2)preparation of wedding bed, combing of hair, gate crashing games, tea ceremony
– Alot of couples elect to do wedding photography in all sorts of fantastical poses like they are a prince or princess..that’s not really Taiwanese..its just Asian photography in general. You get to rent all sorts of crazy dresses and wear them and pretend you’re a heroine in some drama.
Post # 6
Here’s another good pdf describing the whole thing:
yeah..my fiance is Jewish..I would love to see his family give my family a roast pig as dowry, and then my family cutting off the head and returning it to his family..haha.
Post # 7
@louisianablue: Yup, I meant the posed “glamour” portraits as elysion phrased it ^_^ I always thought it was a “modern” custom in Taiwan, because it seems like everyone does it. Lol, like I said, don’t really know too much about the wedding customs …
Thanks so much! This was so helpful! I’ve never heard of most of these customs o.O .. I’m pretty sure my parents don’t know most of these, or they’ve probably never mentioned them because they aren’t that traditional.