Savoy Event Venue
The Savoy Event Venue offered the perfect conclusion to this very festive and long summer wedding day. There was a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and western civil ceremony. They were both in the same hall. When there are so many activities throughout the day, sticking to a timeline is critical. Giving yourself extra time when you have a large family involved is even better. We had a full two hours with this group. The first look, bridal party, family, and couple portraits all fit perfectly in this time frame. We had the portrait session at Alexander Muir Gardens. It is a beautiful public park that offered plenty of options for a group this size and is dog friendly.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
The tea ceremony and western ceremony both happened at Savoy Event Venue. The tea ceremony begins for the groom’s family, followed by the bride’s family. It is an ancient ceremony to honour your elders. As always, these traditions differ from family to family. And even more so when it comes to a fusion wedding like this. As a rule, the tea serves in order of hierarchy. So starting with grandparents. Then parents, aunties/uncles, elder siblings, and finally cousins. The tea set is often a gift. If the bride has a dowry, they will include a tea set for the ceremony. The tea is usually infused with lotus seeds or even red dates to symbolize fertility. The bridal party will usually help with pouring the tea and cleaning cups during the ceremony.
Traditionally, the couple serves tea whilst kneeling down, but some modern families prefer to bow instead. Either way shows respect to your elders. Following the tea ceremony, gifts are given to the bride and groom. They can usually be red envelopes containing money. They can also consist of jewelry handed down from mother-in-law and female relatives to the bride. For this wedding, the groom was recently recovering from a major back injury. While the family was open to him standing during the ceremony’s duration, he wanted to perform this tradition properly. How he made it through everyone on his knees, I’m not sure. But I know they appreciated it.
The remainder of the evening was one big party at this venue. Chinese wedding receptions are known for having a lot of scheduled events and this one was no different. They had dancing, performances, and kissing games. They also had a series of couple challenges to involve their guests throughout the evening. Normally when the receptions are this pact, the dance floor at the end of the night is quite. However since this was a fusion wedding, the late-night party seemed to keep going as well. Such a fun event all around. I had a blast at this event. Hopefully the bride and groom did too.