Since the cultures of China and Western countries are quite different to each other, the weddings are quite different too. With the development of the technology, people know more about each other. And the world becomes smaller than usual. People have been influenced by each other. And they have to change their customs day by day. But there are still some differences between the Eastern and Western people.
The traditional Chinese wedding ceremony is quite complex. There are several important things should be done before the wedding. A matchmaker is needed to help the marriage. After the parents of the boy and girl made an agreement, the man should send bride-price gift to the girl's family. Bride-price is something like money or gold jewelries.
Before the wedding, the bride and the bridegroom could not see each other. Or there is something unhappy to occur. Both the families should prepare a lot for the wedding. And they would choose a lucky day to hold the wedding ceremony. The bridegroom should invite the relatives and friends to take part in his wedding ceremony. And the family of the bride should prepare amounts of things as the bride's dowry. In the past, parents would prepare some daily necessities for the new couple to start their new life. Now they would like to give the new couple money or house as the dowry.
At the wedding day, the bridegroom should go to greet the bride with a traditional band. The bridegroom is quite charming to ride on the horse. He must wear red robe and in a red hat. Unlike Western wedding, the bride wears black suits. Red in China shows happiness and good luck to the new couple. Then the bride leaves her parents to go to the bridegroom's home in a sedan which was carried by men. The bride wears a red Chinese style wedding dress and a Phoenix coronet. And there are several persons take her dowry with her.
Then the wedding ceremony should be hold at the lucky time. The couple would get down on their knees to thank for the God. Then they get down on their knees to thank for their parents. And they would ask their parents to drink their lucky tea. And the parents would give them some gifts in red envelopes to show their blessings. Finally, they would get down on their knees to thank for each other. Then they will be sent to their wedding room.
Chinese wedding is quite different from their traditional one now. Only some ethnic minorities will hold such a traditional wedding. Most of them would like the one between Chinese and Western style. They use the car to carry the bride instead of sedan. They do not get down on their knees on the wedding ceremony. Even some Chinese would choose the Western style wedding ceremony. Most of them do not wear the traditional wedding dress any more.
They keep the tradition to send the gifts to the new couple in a red envelope to show their blessing. Most of them like to take some wedding photos like the Western people. There is another difference is that the new couple would prepare some gifts for the coming guests. Such as sugars, cigarettes, towels and so on. It is quite different from Western customs to give some gifts to the coming guests for thanks.
And there are still some parents would put some nuts on the bed to make a good wish. They hope that the new couple would have a lovely baby very soon. And all the things on the bed would be completely new. It means that the couple is starting a new life. Although the Chinese wedding is different from Western one, they both mean a lot to the new couple to start a new happy life.