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- Published: 19 October 2018
[Written by Asia Wedding Network Founder, Michelle Yuan]
Even though a lot of couples do their engagement ceremony on the day of their wedding, my fiancé and I wanted to do it earlier (around a year before our wedding), and have a separate event to truly honour the Chinese wedding tradition of the tea ceremony process. Instead of rushing through it or just going through the motions, we wanted to have a separate private and meaningful ceremony with just our family, following all the proper steps of the Chinese tea ceremony. The ceremony took place at my parent’s home followed by a big 20 person table luncheon at the Grand Hyatt in Taipei! I was lucky enough to have two of Taipei’s top photography and videography teams, Milk & Honey Studios and Playground to capture the special day.
Once I came out of my room, I started serving tea to my future in-laws. After the tea was finished, I came out to collect them in exchange for blessings and red packets. Then, we started to exchange our rings and our moms put on the earrings, necklaces, and watches for us, before heading to Grand Hyatt Taipei for the engagement lunch. Overall, I loved how the moments were shared with just our family members, privately yet intimately celebrating two families coming together as one.
Before our engagement ceremony, we worked on creating the engagement cookies with I-Mei, who were nice enough to custom make the whole set from scratch for us. We took one of my fiancé’s mother’s paintings and printed it on the inner lid of the box with a sweet love story on the side, adding a very memorable personal touch. We also got to taste test the cookies that went inside our box, allowing us to choose our favorites from I-Mei.
One of my favorite parts of the day was the big lunch we had at the Grand Hyatt Taipei’s Pearl Liang. It was one of the only restaurants in Taipei that had a private room with a 20 person table, which was something that our families were really insistent on. We wanted our closest family members to come together as one, not sit at different tables and Pearl Liang was able to accommodate us perfectly. We loved how the staff decorated the room with red rose petals and candles on the table, and a big red and gold double happiness sign!
If you have the chance of holding a private tea ceremony with just your closest family, I would highly recommend it instead of trying to squeeze it in right before your wedding day. Not only will you be able to spend a very memorable day celebrating two families coming together, but you’ll get to appreciate the traditions and the process that much more.
Photography:Milk & Honey Studios | Videography:Playground| Planner & Organizer:Asia Wedding Network Concierge| Venue: Home &Grand Hyatt Taipei| Dress: Custom Made From Friend | Shoes:Christian Louboutin| Makeup: Abigail Victoria Makeup | Jewelry: From Fiancé’s Mother | Wedding Rings:Harry Winston| Watch: Patek Philippe | Suit:Tom Ford| Stationery:Simple Love Invites| Decor:Wedding Shop World| Engagement Cookies: I-Mei Foods