Chinese Wedding Customs

As wedding videographers, we are constantly looking out for good and artistic angles to document a wedding actual day.  For those who are fortunate enough to experience the actual day Chinese wedding customs, they would surely agree observing the traditions are necessary to ensure good marriage as well as good fortune!

Through our extensive wedding videography coverage over the years, we learnt that these Chinese wedding customs were the equivalent practises observed by the Chinese ancestors.  That said, many of these customs have also been simplified over the years to match our modern society.

There are a few common customs that are practised in a Chinese wedding regardless of the dialect group or clan you belong to.  This brings us to 3 important traditions that we like to highlight as it is a common scene at weddings in Singapore, and also because we can finally bust the myth surrounding them.

The Test of Patience

In modern Chinese wedding tradition, the groom arrives in a fancifully flower decorated car.  Upon arrival, he must not open the car door and has to wait for the bride’s younger brother to open the bridal car door for him.


The term “gatecrash” is commonly used describe entering a gathering uninvited.  

In modern Chinese wedding tradition, gatecrash takes on a whole new meaning that requires the groom along with his band of brothers to go through several challenges set by the bridesmaids, including but not limited to consume food that tastes sour, sweet, bitter and spicy.  These flavours also symbolise all the emotions that a couple will be experiencing in a married life.  Thankfully, all these challenges can be negotiated or simplified with an exchange of a generous red packet.

Tea Ceremony

The most significant custom in a Chinese wedding is the Tea Ceremony.  This is also where the bride is formally introduced to the groom’s family when tea is served in the order of parents, grandparents, grand uncles and grand aunties, uncles and aunties followed by elder cousins.  By tradition, groom’s/bride’s father relatives are served before mother’s relatives.

Being knowledgeable about the Chinese wedding traditions is definitely an advantage for wedding videographers and wedding photographers because it allows forward planning as well as ensure all significant parts of a wedding ceremony is documented artistically.  Through the wedding videography coverage, it also empowers couples to be able to look back on in the years to come on such a special and unforgettable milestone in their lives.