Post # 1
My fiance and I are both Chinese and we want a traditional reception at a Chinese restaurant, but we also want a Western ceremony and Chinese tea ceremony. If you have done this before, please share your experience! How did you plan your wedding day? We are worried that we will not have enough time to do it all. Also, do you recommend any ceremony sites? We are in the Los Angeles area and would like our ceremony and reception nearby.
We would greatly appreciate your stories and advice! Thanks!
Post # 3
check out Mrs. Green Tea’s wedding stuff. If I’m not mistaken, they had a western ceremony, but also did a Tea Ceremony.
Post # 4
I’m a Chinese bride doing what you’re hoping for. My wedding isn’t until September 2010, but I’m having my Western ceremony at the Hilton Anatole. Once the Western ceremony is over, we will re-use the ceremony room for the tea ceremony. Since I’ll have mixture of cultures, I didn’t want to bore my guests with an hour long tea ceremony in the middle of the Western ceremony. After the tea ceremony, we will be out and about the hotel grounds taking pictures and formals. We will then proceed to a Chinese restaurant about 15 minutes away to have the traditional 9 course dinner reception. Here’s the breakdown of that day:
Western ceremony: 3pm-3:30pm
Tea Ceremony: 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Formals: 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Reception: 6:30pm – whenever everyone leaves!
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
you could also do the tea ceremony earlier in the day in a more private setting, that is what we will be doing. tea ceremony with just family.
Post # 6
My cousin did this many years ago. But I recall they got ready, went to my grandparents’ house for the tea ceremony, had a Catholic ceremony in a church, then cocktail hour/pictures, then off to a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.
I don’t recall which church it was, but the dinner was at Empress Pavilion in Chinatown in LA.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Post # 7
On average, the tea ceremony lasts an hour??
My fiance and I wanted to have one 15 minutes before the start of our cocktail hour, and last 30 minutes, so hopefully our family won’t miss more than 15 minutes of the cocktail hour.
Our reception hall has a large room next to the cocktail hour room, so we plan to have it there!
Would we be breaking any rules if we have the bride and groom’s family served tea at the same time (as opposed to the bride serving tea in the family home beforehand?)