Vietnamese culture and traditions are often passed from one generation to the next by word of mouth or by witnessing it first hand. The following serves as a guide and variation of ceremonies and procedures is inevitable. It takes a làng yo!
Behold, the procession in all its glory! Start to finish in thirty seconds flat. Ready…Steady…Go!
The Line Up
The Groom and his family arrives to the Bride’s family’s home and lines up.
The Bride’s entourage also lines up to receive the guests.
The Groom’s family is greeted by the Bride’s Representative and is granted permission to enter the Bride’s family’s home.
As the Groom’s family and close friends enter the Bride’s home, mâm quả bearers will hand over the gifts to the Bride’s side.
Groom’s Rep introduces immediate and extended family who are present. Bride’s Rep does the same.
Bride’s Rep reveals contents of mâm quả and calls out each one aloud.
Mother of the Bride retrieves Bride—who’s been primping this whole time—and leads her to where both families are gathered.
The Gift of Sparkle
Groom presents Bride with engagement ring (again).
Mother of the Groom then presents and adorns Bride with sparkle.
The Serving of Tea
Together, Bride & Groom serves tea to their Parents & Grandparents, followed by prayers and offerings. Then the reception–let’s eat, drink and be married!
Sharing is Caring
When the reception nears its end, both entourages will again line up near the door of the Bride’s home. The Bride’s family will then return a portion of the consumables. The Groom’s family is able to continue the celebration while spreading the news of the engagement with family who were not able to attend.