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Chinese Tea Ceremony

26th May 2006

The intimate tea ceremony will be held at the groom's house in Bukit Kenny. Serving tea is a sign of respect at a Chinese wedding. That's why many couples include this tradition as an important part of their special day. The morning starts out with a male procession to the bride's home. It is here; the groom's party will try to negotiate their way into the bride's
house and ultimately to get her to open her room door. The chief negotiator for the day on behalf of the bride's family, is Tracy Gomez and the chief negotiator on behalf of the groom is Cameron Cheah. Let's see how fast the boys can make it from each point with this lady at every point. Once the bride opens her bedroom door, her family will travel with her to the groom's house for the tea ceremony to take place.

Traditionally, the newlyweds will serve tea (holding the teacups with both hands), inviting the groom’s elders to drink tea by addressing them by formal title, e.g. first uncle or third aunt. The newlyweds serve tea in order, starting with the groom’s parents then proceeding from the oldest family members to the youngest, e.g. the groom’s parents, then his paternal grandparents, then his maternal grandparents, then his oldest uncles and aunts, and all the way to his older brother.

In return, the newlyweds receive lucky red envelopes (“lai see,” which means “lucky”) stuffed with money or jewelry.


Indian Blessing Ceremony

That evening, an Indian blessing ceremony will take place at the groom’s home in Bukit Kenny. Rich in symbolism and culture, the Bride and Groom are no longer two independent beings but rather are one integrated being united by the firm resolve to fulfill each other in all aspects of life. After the Groom’s family has been welcomed, the Jaimala (greetings) commences. This is where the Bride arrives followed by her close friends and sisters. The Bride and Groom will then exchange flower garlands. This symbolizes respect for one another and is a promise to share everything in life with each other. After the ceremony, a vegetarian dinner will be served.

Akad Nikah

28th May 2006

There will be a small intimate ‘akad nikah’ at the bride’s home in Bukit Bandaraya. The marriage ceremony will begin with an address of a marriage sermon (khutba-tun-nikah) by the imam.

The '
Walis' (the father of the bride and of the bridegroom) play an important role in the ceremony. The Maulvi reads selected verses from the Quran and the Nikaah is complete after the Ijab-e-Qubul (proposal and acceptance). The boy's side proposes and the girl's side conveys her assent. The mutual consent of the bride and groom is of great importance for the marriage to be legal. On the day of the Nikaah that the elder members of the two families decide the amount of Mehar (nuptial gift). The Mehar is a compulsory amount of money given by the groom's family to the bride.

The groom receives blessings from the older women and offers them his salaam. The guests pray for the newly-weds. Dinner is then served. After dinner, the newly-weds will sit together for the first time.
The bride will be giving 13 ‘hantaran’ gift trays to the groom and in return the groom will be giving 11 ‘hantaran’ gift trays.

Wedding Reception

Bride’s reception at the Sheraton Imperial

2nd June 2006


Groom’s reception at the Mandarin Oriental

3rd June 2006


All out-of-town guests are invited to share and experience the different ceremonies and events. Please note that program itineraries will be distributed in each of your rooms when you check-in to keep you informed.