Wedding Culture: Chinese Tea Ceremony

Wedding is a part of the culture and in different countries, there are many meaningful ceremonies in the wedding. In China, the tea ceremony is a way for couples to show their respect to the elders in their families and they, in turn, show their acceptance of the marriage.

What is the Chinese Tea Ceremony

The Chinese tea ceremony is also on the day of the wedding. In the ceremony, the bride and groom serve tea to their parents, parents-in-law, and sometimes to other family members. The couple, often dressed in traditional wedding garments, will kneel before their elders and serve them tea.

Marriage is accepted only when their parents drink the tea. Drinking that tea symbolizes the parents not only recognizing but also accepting a new person into the family. And serving tea also represents the respect and gratitude of the bride and groom for elders.

The parents and in-laws are the key recipients, and sometimes other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles will also take part.

Prepare for the Chinese Tea Ceremony

What tea to serve

There are no rules on the type of tea used in the ceremony; participants choose according to their personal preferences. Red dates, lotus seeds, and lily are added to the tea; the first denotes luck, the second denotes the birth of children, and the lily flower's Chinese name rhymes with a phrase that denotes a long-lasting marriage.

Location for the ceremony

The tea ceremony for the bride's side is held in her family house on the morning of the wedding when the groom and his groomsmen are supposed to go and pick her up. It is subsequently performed for the groom's family at his house if the pair are traveling there that day.

Guest list

Before the ceremony, guest list would be included. Speak to couple’s parents to make sure who will attend to the ceremony such as family members, such as grandparents, aunts, unclesand close friends. Couple can ask a relatives to be bridesmaids - making the tea, handing over teacups to you, and washing the teaware.