I have been dating (if you can call it that, she lives in Paris, and I live in the US…for the next two weeks…we haven’t seen each other in 6 months) a Taiwanese girl for the last year. As time passes the inevitable thought of marriage and the idea of its possibility crosses my mind.
I’ve spent a lot of time hypothesizing the infintely humerous possibilities of a guy from a fairly traditional, Southern family that’s used to attending marriages in colonial episcopal and presbyterian churches–attendees dressed in tuxedoes, Friday night rehearsal dinners, post-wedding receptions, etc etc-- marrying a Taiwanese girl from a fairly less-traditional (comparatively) taiwanese family.
When I asked Fanfan (the lovely lady) about their wedding traditions, she said that their ceremonies have become largely “westernized.” She said that the bride wears a white dress, and the groom wears a tux or a suit, etc.
She admitted she hadn’t been to many weddings there, however.
She couldn’t really tell me any particular traditions except for the red envelopes full of money (red symbolizing good luck), but I think the reason she couldn’t think of any differences is because she hasn’t been to weddings anywhere else, like me.
Therefore, I was curious if there is anyone out there who has, perhaps, been to weddings in different countries and can provide me with some interesting wedding traditions from those countries. I’m talking about anything from funny/beautiful/odd proverbs, ceremonies, songs, etc. Anything. I’m just curious. If you know what these things are supposed to symbolize, I would be forever greatful if you would explain the symbolism for me.
Thanks a million.