(Closed) Chinese American weddings

posted 11 years ago in South East Asian
Post # 3
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
3 posts

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?)

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