A beautiful thing about cultural wedding traditions is that its elements hardly change over time. Rather, traditions remain true and close to the hearts of its people. Allow me to introduce to you, Vi & Larry, married in July of 2013. Two and a half years later, their Đón Dâu ceremony is . . .
I JUST CAME TO SAY HELLO In Vietnamese wedding culture, the bride and groom--with entourage in tow--greets every table of guests at their reception to toast and thank them for attending. This gesture is called chào bàn and can involve lots of drinking for the groom. Chào bàn literally translates . . .
Congrats on your engagement!As a Bride-To-Be, planning a traditional Vietnamese engagement alongside a wedding ceremony is no easy fete! Thankfully, the engagement is often a collaborative effort with your parents and loved ones. You’ve heard that saying failure to plan is planning to fail? And . . .
There’s always a why behind everything we do. Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes it takes a cocktail to get to the bottom of things haha. When it comes to Matron of Style, though, the why behind it is simple: family. Like a lot of kids my age (yes, I certainly consider myself a womanchild), . . .
The Year is 2012. I am t-minus three months from the BIG day. My family is hosting my Lễ Hỏi or a traditional Vietnamese Engagement. Pinterest is two years old. I refused to sign up for an account for fear of becoming an obsessive bridezilla searching and pinning themes, colors and details. No . . .
The Vietnamese Áo Dài is an alluring silhouette that elongates the body and accentuates the waist. It is essentially a tunic, with two, high, side slits worn with pants. The dress is worn for many occasions, but the more elaborate and luxe the áo dài, the more special the occasion. For a . . .