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Transcript of Vietnamese Weddings
The Day Before
Engagement- Gate Touching Ceremony
(Le Dinh Hon)
Engagement: Betrothal Ceremony
Tea Ceremony/ Dam Hoi
On the day of the tea ceremony, the bride’s home will host a formal proposal of marriage ceremony.
The groom, his family, and friends bear elaborately decorated lacquer boxes, covered in red cloth. Inside these boxes are gifts for the bride’s family.
The bride and groom stand in front of the altar and burn incense sticks, asking the bride’s ancestors to bless their marriage and their future family.
Dam Hoi Continued
The bride and groom, in front of their guests, will serve tea to their parents.
The rest of the family usually gives their wedding gift to the bride and groom at this time as well.
Wedding Ceremony/ Vu Quy
On this day, the man will arrive at his woman’s house with his family, bearing gifts like betel nuts, cake, win cigarettes and so on.
At this stage, either one or both families can decide if they want to carry on the wedding plan or cancel the marriage.
Marriage used to be a family affair, where parents would hire a matchmaker to select the spouse.
Red is the dominant color in a traditional Vietnamese wedding.
Women sometimes wear the traditional Ao Dai.
"Vu Quy" sign is hung outside the Bride's home - meaning "leaving home".
After the tea ceremony is complete, most celebrate the religious part of their marriage in churches and temples
To welcome the Bride into her new home, a "Tan Hon" (meaning Newly wed/ "Just married") sign is hung in front of the Groom's home.
This ceremony is to officially announce the marriage as well as the official wedding dates.
This event is often held from half a year or as soon as a week before the wedding.
A candle ceremony will follow (i.e., unity candles), symbolizing the joining of the bride and groom and the joining of the two families.
The groom and the bride then exchange wedding rings, and the parents give the newly wedded couple gold bracelets, earrings, and other valuable gifts.
It is customary to introduce all “elders” on both the bride’s and the groom’s family at the start of the wedding.
Dinner is then served at the table. With an elaborate 7 to 10 course meals are served, often starting with cold platters then followed by hot dishes and soup.
At one point during the reception, the groom, bride, and their parents visit each table to thank their guests. In return, the guests give envelopes containing wedding cards, money gifts, and blessings to the newly wedded couple.
Vietnamese people suggest that in the old days guests gifted the bride and groom with a wedding reception. This is why they give cash.