2008 April 29th, 16:41
Slightly insidious, but mostly harmless
I've been invited to shoot a wedding in Zhe Jiang, China. (Jin Hua)
Does anyone have any experience of filming traditional Chinese weddings, in China?
Would a Chinese wedding in China follow the same procedure as a Chinese wedding in the west?
2008 April 29th, 17:41
I did a lot of Chinese weddings. My experience is more the southern china style.
In the morning, they will start with "Door games". The groom with the groomsmen will march to the bride's house with lots of gifts and goodies (the entire roast pig too). All the bridesmaids will torture the groom and the groom's men. Ask them to sing, do push up, eat chill pepper.. stuff like that. Here's a video of all the guys need to pass seaweed with their mouth
The last thing that happen before the groom can see the bride is to to negotiate a "price". The amount always ends with 99.99 (it means eternaity). The money will be put into a Red Envelop (利是).
After the groom successfuly pick up the bride, they have to pray the ancestors. Followed by the Tea Ceremony to serve tea to parents and other elderly and relatives. The couple serves tea, and get money (in red envelop) and jewelery back. such good deal.
Then everybody will head back to the groom's house. And do another tea ceremony to the groom side of the family.
There will be the wedding banquet at night. There might be games playing with the couple. There is also a Table-To-Table toasting that the bridal party will visit each table.
Hope that helps.
2008 April 29th, 18:03
btw, you can also rent Ang Lee's movie "Wedding Banquet" to see how it's like at the banquet. yeah, that one... with a potato+rice gay couple and a chinese girl. You also see Ang Lee as an extra in the banquet too.