1) Guy attaches corsage on the girl
2) Girl gets boutonneire and pins it on the guy.
3) Guy's mother puts on the bangles (double bangles tied with red thread) on the girl
4) Guy's father puts on the medallion/necklace on the girl
5) Guy's elder relative puts on the watch on the girl
6) Girl's father puts on the medallion/necklace on the guy
7) Girl's mother puts on the watch on the guy
8) *optional* Girl's elder relative puts on the bracelet on the guy
9) Guy gets the wedding ring and slides this on to the girl's ring finger
10) Girl gets the wedding ring and slides this on to the guy's ring finger
I honestly felt like a dressed-up Barbie doll right after this particular ceremony. :)
After the gift-giving ceremony, we got the tea tray and began the tea ceremony. This is when both the guy and the girl will formally introduce every member of their family to one another. This is also the best time to begin calling your in-laws "Pa" and "Ma". Not a very easy thing to get used to right away...believe me. :)
In order to get the complete list of items that each side needs to prepare, you may check out My Little Kanchiu Book which I got not-so-long ago at a bridal fair. A number of Chinese convenience store is also selling this for a minimal price.
Well, as we love to receive gifts, every bride-to-be have to bear in mind that you will not bring home ALL of the gifts given to you by the guy's side. As soon as all the ceremony has ended, you have to split all items and return half of these to the guy's family as a sign of being polite.
As all engaged couples are considered lucky, it is then customary to avoid attending another engagement, wedding or even wakes up until your wedding day. However, this rule varies per family.
We're officially engaged! :)
our lovely photos by: Ian Santillan