New Generation Weddings With Changing Times

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The ways of getting married in Singapore is changing with times … something new, something traditional.

This is a personal blog specially posted to capture the memorable moments of the wedding of my younger son Wei with Jessie Rhee on 29 January, 2015.

The marriage solemnisation and wedding reception was held at the Regent Singapore (a Four Season Hotel), a private, simple ceremony among family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Wei and Jessie.

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My blogger friend Lam Chun See posted a blog topic on kampong weddings, so I would “tumpang” it here  with courtesy.  His best-selling book “Good Morning Yesterday” is also included in this kampong wedding chapter.

Another related blog on “Ways Done in the Past – Wedding Reception” here .

A typical Chinese wedding includes numerous traditional rituals that tend to vary according to dialect groups.  The private wedding dinners are held in the restaurants to invited guests and friends.

While modernization has led to simplification of some rituals, certain tradition still remain.  Today, creative wedding events with multimedia entertainment programs for fun and enjoyment of everyone.  The young generation bride and groom’s friends and colleagues helped to plan, organize and manage the wedding event programs with wonderful ideas for home video to share and remember their wedding events.
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Courtesy of Regent Singapore (A Four Season Hotel)

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best_PicsArt_1422655480315My daughter-in-law Jessie Rhee , a Korean with her parents.

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best_PicsArt_1422653908606 My son, Wei, waiting for the hands of Jessie.

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Jessie Rhee’s father gave away her hands to Wei.

Modern-day Mums sportingly shared the limelight at the wedding reception

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Wei and Jessie offered tea at the traditional Chinese “tea ceremony” to pay respect and gratitude to “Por Por” with love.

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The juxtaposed photos of Wei with Mum and Por Por to remember his childhood memories with love.

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best_PicsArt_1422652054686 Wei knelt down to offer the traditional tea to Por Por while Mum watched.

best_PicsArt_1422652501042 Jessie knelt down to offer the traditional tea to Por Por while Mum watched.

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vignette_PicsArt_1422984897944“Gamsahabnida” (in Korean), Por Por; “kamsiah” (in Hokkien), Por Por.

The tea serving ritual is an important symbol in Chinese weddings as it is a crucial representation of the acceptance of the bride into the groom’s family. The tea is brewed with lotus seeds and two red dates, ingredients believed to encourage child-bearing. The sweet flavor of the tea also serves as a wish for her sweet relations between the bride and her in-laws.

It is also a way for the couples to show their gratitude and filial piety towards their elders.

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The wedding couple walked towards the stage to toast to the guests

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Acknowledgement of thanks to everyone for making their wedding happen … 감사합니다 (gamsahabnida)!

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The bride and bridegroom pay respect to their parents with Korean traditional way. Putting the parents first, this virtue of hyo (, 孝) i.e. filial piety.

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new_PicsArt_1422649586461 A Korean friend serenade a Korean love song with happiness wishes.

Keep in touch with friends and relatives

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vignette_PicsArt_1422979490785A long day for the little busy, sleepy angel to the tender, loving arms of the blessed Dad and Mum.

“건배” [Gunbae in Korean]

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More photos to be posted later from the photographers. Thank you.

Defining Moments of Grown-Up Children

Marriage, a defining moment in life to walk the path, a journey to travel with confidence and hope for the best.  

All of a sudden, the children have grown up and independent on their own, we thought.  The children are not “instant trees” planted on the roadside or products to be manufactured in the factories .

Bringing up the kids was a worthwhile learning experience as roles of parents in life.  Parents are happy to have walked their path with the help of Divine Providence, with love and blessings.  Curated “memory aids” of childhood photos, I enjoyed looking back the favorite selected old photos as a photomontage on this blog to share for posterity.

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吉祥圓满,万事如意

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Congratulations and Best Wishes to the New Generations!

Please check out the fond nostalgic memories of “Loving Moments with My Kids” blog here .

3 thoughts on “New Generation Weddings With Changing Times

  1. Not only is the nature of wedding changed, the cost of a wedding dinner has also skyrocketed. My cousin will be getting married soon, and the cost per table is more than 2000 dollars. It’s a matter of choice. We can always have a simple wedding, but I suspect it’s associated with status. After all, the rich personalities can spend more that 1 million dollars on their weddings.

  2. Unlike the olden days when the 12-course Chinese wedding dinners to overspend on food was common. The private wedding dinner should be kept simple within the budget. Since the celebration is once in a lifetime. The wedding reception would help to “finance” the brides and grooms’ families with “ang pow” offered by the invited guests generously. The celebration need not be elaborate and spend lavishly. The wedding celebration of over $1 million by the famous and the rich is an exception, I think.

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