by Aaron March. 05, 2011 8157 views

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I'm the official (and also ‘only’…) photographer for my brother wedding betrothal ceremony. The colourful betrothal gifts presented great photos opportunities.

#1 Betrothal Gifts - Canned Pork
The traditional roasted pig have given way to the readily available canned pork. Convenience in the modern world.

#2 Betrothal Gifts - Brandy
The groom side will give the bride side 2 bottles of brandy. The bride side will in return give either 2 bottles of wine or orange syrup.

#3 Betrothal Jewellery
Betrothal Jewellery from the groom's parents to the bride

#4 Betrothal Gifts - Red packaging
Chinese just love red.

#5 Contemporary Wedding Cake Box
Gone are the days when we have those old-fashion wedding boxes with the chinese “double-happiness” insribed on it. Nowadays we have these trendy boxes instead!

#6 Multi-tiered wedding basket

#7 Betrothal red cloth
Don't know exactly what this cloth means, but it a tradition that's being passed down. Symbol of blessing to the new couple perharps.

#8 Wedding is expensive
Wedding is an expensive affair.

#9 Multi-tiered wedding basket
Betrothal gifts 娉礼

The betrothal gifts are packed in a multi-tiered wedding basket that is borrowed from a chinese wedding cake shop and typically include:

- western and chinese wedding cakes,
- two bottles of brandy,
- even numbered of tangerines or oranges,
- peanut candies for a teochew bride and rice candies for a hokkien bride,
- at least six tins of canned pork legs or a whole roast pig for cantonese bride,
- betrothal jewellery from the groom’s parents to the bride.

#10 Betrothal gifts @ Bride house #1

#11 Betrothal gifts @ Bride house #2

#12 Betrothal gifts @ Bride house #3

#13 Shadows
Strong mid-day shadows at bride house

#14 Traditional Chinese Wedding Cake
Classic Chinese marble butter wedding cake. Box may be trendy but the content is very much still traditional.

#15 Latterns @ Bride House
Nice lattern decor at Bride's house

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Lis 9 years, 7 months ago

These are very awesome set. It's nice to know more about your tradition. Thank you for sharing these with us.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 9 years, 7 months ago

Great colourful usual things
Well done :)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lismel 9 years, 7 months ago

It's very interesting ! I had no idea that there was so many gift in Chinese marriage (come to think of it, I don't really now if there is a lot of gifts or not in French marriage !). Red is a nice color, it's my favorite !

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Beth 9 years, 7 months ago

wonderful traditions. I love to see what ceremonies are like from other places. thanks so much for sharing. will look for your photos of the wedding if you post them :)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Roger 9 years, 7 months ago

very interesting set, i love to learn

9 years, 7 months ago Edited