(Closed) Combining Filipino and Chinese Culture Suggestions Please!

posted 10 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
2 posts

I”m not sure if I can help you, but here’s what I’m planning to do for my wedding.  My fiance is Filipino and I’m Chinese, so most definitely want to celebrate both of our cultures.

We’re planning to have a Chinese banquet for our rehersal dinner.  His family was impressed when I first brought them out for "real" chinese food (no general tso’s chicken, beef w/broccoli, etc.), so I believe they’ll appreciate the banquet. 

For our wedding day, we’re planning on having a Chinese tea ceremony before the actual wedding ceremony.  During the actual ceremony, we’re doing the veil and cord, which are traditionally Filipino (no matter if they’re Catholic or not).  The reception is pretty much your usual wedding feast…cocktail hour followed by dinner.  We are planning to have a roast pig at the cocktail hour (this can be Filipion or Chinese).  We are also thinking of changing into our respective cultures’ attire – him in a barong and me in a qi pao or something.

I don’t hink you having a Chinese banquet when most of the guests aren’t Chinese is going to be weird.  First off, it’s more economical (I wished we had decent places here for a Chinese banquet).  Second, your Filipino guests will love the quantity of food.

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
16 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hooray for Chinese brides and flip grooms!  I’m in Seattle too, but am planning my wedding for Toronto.  From the research I have done, most of the filipino traditions are performed during the wedding ceremony, ie. sponsors, coin, cord, candle.

I didn’t find many filipino traditions for the reception other than the money dance, variations on that, and releasing doves.

In the end, I think they will appreciate the delicious quality and quantity of the food.  Most wedding banquet menus are pre-set, but I’m bet they can be flexible with replacing a few dishes.  Do you have your reception booked yet?  I think China Harbour is pretty tasty.

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Small church ceremony, museum reception

why don’t you do something at the rehearsal dinner along the lines of a despedida de soltera/soltero. Traditionally, it’s more for the bride but you can have it honoring the both of you! You can bust out the lechon there, have a groom’s cake that is really a sansrival cake or another Filipino cake, and pass out sweets like polvoron as favors. Get creative- have a halo-halo bar for dessert! These products are all really easily obtainable in the Bay Area, they have all the desserts/sweets at Goldilocks.


If you need more ideas on Filipino traditions you can incorporate- look at the Weddings at Work website- it’slike the Knot of Philippine weddings! Good luck. 

Post # 6
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Small church ceremony, museum reception

also, there are tons of student groups in the Bay Area that do traditional Filipino cultural and dance performances- especially over at SFSU. Why not ask some to perform a few at the rehearsal dinner/ despedida? A nice treat for your Chinese guests, and a way to honor your fiance’s background.

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