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My Wedding Day - Part I

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Screening 4000 pictures is harder than I thought! It was tough but I enjoyed looking through the pictures over and over again. They remind me of what happened that day and it was definitely a memorable event for us both.

So, here's a bit about the wedding. It was a one day event and everything happened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - my hometown. It was a traditional Chinese wedding, so for those of you who are not familiar with a traditional Chinese wedding, you might be shocked at what the groom has to endure before getting to the bride.

So the day started off with fetching of the bride session. The groom and his entourage arrived at my place in the morning together with a roast pig and that was when the fun began! The door boy refused to open the door for the groom before receiving his big angpow (money in red envelope). They started negotiating and finally settled with a decent figure. This was just the beginning =)


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After the "door boy" stage, the groom and his crew had to go through a series of tasks thought up by the bridesmaids. The door game tradition dates back to the ancient time whereby the bride's family and friends didn't want to marry their lovely daughter/ friend away so they came up with all sorts of tasks to delay the bride from leaving and to test if the groom really cared for the bride. The groom would then buy his way in by presenting the bridesmaids a red envelope filled with money.

So here is what the groom and his crew had to endure.

Stage 1: The groom had to say 'I Love You' in 5 different languages.

Stage 2: The guys had to wear shower caps, adult nappies and clothes-hanger-clips on ears. First to finish wearing the set was exempted from the next game. After dressing up, the guys had to do "The Chicken Dance".


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Stage 3 - Eating specially cooked macarons laced with wasabi. The wild boar was the first, so he didn't have to eat the special macaron.


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Stage 4 - The groom had to wear a plastic bag with an egg inside very near his own "two eggs". He then picked a groomsman to wear another bag with a stone inside. The groomsman then has to try to crack the egg with the stone. This should be done without the use of their hands.


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Stage 5 - The guys have to plant kisses on each others' cheek, then they had to plant kisses onto a card on the wall and sign their kiss marks.


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Stage 6 - A banana had to be passed around from one guy's thighs to another, no hands allowed, and the groom had to eat it at the end.


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Stage 7 - Bridesmaids payment before entering the house. The groom had to choose three cards from a prepared stack, each card representing a number to pay (eg. picking cards 5, 8, and 2 meant the groom had to pay $582)


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Stage 8 (final stage) - The groom had to sing a love song to the bride to be let into the room.

Finally, the groom got to his bride, handed over the bouquet, unveiled and left the room for prayers and tea ceremony where the bride and groom serve tea to the bride's/ groom’s family as a sign of respect. We were then given angpows and/ or jewellery.


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We then drank honey tea and ate glutinuous rice balls in sugar syrup which symbolises a sweet and happy life together before leaving the house.


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We were being escorted to the car by the father of the bride with a red umbrella which was suppose to shield me from all evil spirits.


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We then left for the groom's for tea ceremony and had lunch at the groom's.


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Continue reading part II here.


40 oink oinks...:

Jules said...

Thank you for such a beautiful and interesting post. I look forward to part 2.

Pearl said...

how beautiful. i can't wait to see the next part!

doggybloggy said...

what a beautiful day(s)

Bob said...

Oh wow. That's quite an event, looks like fun. Well for almost everyone. ;) The pictures are amazing!

Soma said...

Sounds like an unusual kinda fun.. The dresses are gorgeous!

Heather said...

what lovely pictures! i can't wait to see more :)

Reeni♥ said...

I am giggling over the grooms tasks! You look gorgeous! Your dress is so pretty. I can't wait to see more.

Leslie said...

oh my my...your poor husband. thta is a lot of torture. But I am sure you are well worth it!! :)
I cant wait to see more!

Kitchen Flavours said...

It was really nice to know about your customs and traditions dear.......Hope you enjoyed it to fulll..........Waiting for the next part....

Donna-FFW said...

GORGEOUS pictures, I can not wait for more. Looks like it was a beautiful time.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a glorious look into your beautiful wedding. I felt privileged to take a peek! :) Welcome back!

ThePurpleFoodie said...

It's amazing how weddings are celebrated in different cultures. When is Part schedules? Looking forward!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

He he...what fun! That's a STUNNINGLY gopgeous wedding, & the ceremony an endurance test for the groom...LOL!! Eggs, stones,bananas,cards,money,kisses...I'm lovin' it. Part 1 has been captured beautifully.Thank u for letting us peep in...

mycookinghut said...

I really look forward to Part 2. I didn't some of the traditions until you posted this!!

Sara said...

Congratulations and welcome back! What an amazing wedding, can't wait to see more pictures :).

Elra said...

Congratulations Anne! I wish you have long and happy life together.

WOW, was that really the traditional Chinese wedding. All of those games that the groom had to do seem like a lot of fun involve. I like stage #4, I though it was funny.
Looking forward for the next ...

noble pig said...

Okay I absolutely loved these photos. They are fantastic! What very cool traditions and I appreciate the education on Chinese Wedding fun. How lucky you are to have such strong roots in your culture. Many happy years together.

Angie's Recipes said...

恭喜Anne, 百年好合!永结同心!白头谐老!早生贵子! 
I love those photos....and you look fabulous.
Looking forward to the next post...

Angie's Recipes said...

The step 4 is even new to me.....but it sounds reasonable...:-)))

Sandie said...

Gorgeous photos, thank you for sharing a part of your special day. It looks like what dreams are made of!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Congratulations and much happiness to you both! Beautiful photos!

noobcook said...

how wonderful! The photos are gorgeous =)

Janet_Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

Congrat again and thanks for sharing your nice photos. You reminds me of us getting married one and a half years ago, seems like yesterday! It was fun with the chinese traditions, isn't it? I can imagine the planning you have to do and the challenge to do them far away from home.

Sophie said...

Aaaaaah,.....Congratulations to the bride & groom!! It looks as you had a wonderful time! Beautiful & some funny pictures too!
Haha!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am so glad you're back! i thought you must have gone on a REALLY long honeymoon. Your pictures are gorgeous. Looks like oyu had a storybook wedding.

Jo said...

Congratulations as a married couple. The ceremony looks beautiful and I especially like the picture of you wearing the kwa (chinese wedding gown).

Pam said...

It's so fun to see your GREAT photos. Your dress was stunning. Congratulations!

Big Boys Oven said...

Congratulations! wow that was 8 tough stages but worth it! :)

Will send you the recipe this week as I am away at a seminar.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Welcome back and congratulations! Your poor hubby really had to endure a lot to get to you. Looking forward to part 2. :)

Cynthia said...

Congratulations and what exciting traditions!

Can't wait for part 2!

Girl Japan said...

Congratulations Darling!!!! When do you head back to the UK? I love Malaysian sights, so beautiful and culturally diverse!!!!

Can't wait to hear more about your fantastic day!

5 Star Foodie said...

I loved seeing these gorgeous pictures and can't wait till part 2! How neat! Congratulations!

My Asian Kitchen said...

wow!! 4000 photos!! love your wedding posting.poor hubby of your! Looking forward part 2:)

dp said...

I'm dying to hear the rest of this! What your poor hubby had to do to prove his love! You and your girlfriends came up with some very clever games. The eggs and stones bit was brilliant, although I imagine the guys might not have thought so :-)

Olga said...

Absolutely amazing photos!! Congratulations.

pinkstripes said...

Wow!!! Great photos. I love everything. It looks like it was the perfect day. Congratulations!

lisaiscooking said...

What a fun and beautiful day. Congratulations again!

Navita said...

First my Heartiest Congratulations on your wedding..welcome to the club and I bet you will enjoy matrimony. :)
Lively and lovely pics...back in India the bridesmaid have to be paid too..for the groom to get to see the bride. He he he...

as for ur question on 'malaai' or milk cream.
Take a deep bottomed pan and fill half with whole fat milk.
Boil the milk till it starts rising in the pan. Simmer heat and repeat.
( Be careful so as not to spill the milk.Switch off the gas burner if required and reheat again.)

Let the milk come to room temp. Then place the pan with the milk in the refrigerator.
Once it chills...you will find a layer of cream on top of the milk. Spoon it out and place in a separate container/tupperware in the fridge, use when required.
This is fresh cream.

pixen said...

Congratulations!!!! Goshhhh.. I'm so sorry I missed to wish you pig2 :-( Thank yo for sharing your wedding event for those who can't make it :-) Thank you so much and Yaaaaaaaaaaam Sennnnnnng!!!!!

glamah16 said...

How wonderful . Congrats.

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