A Wedding Fit For The Countryside!
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So Wei and I attended her cousinâ€™s wedding in the countryside. Let me just say it was an experience uniquely its own; or so we both agreed.
We dropped Coffee off with the Sheaâ€™s who were more than happy to take her in(we later discovered that she was scrubbed clean by Craig and she did smell so pretty! They also spoiled her, she peed on the newspaper we provided and no where else. Herah for a successful potty training! She only managed to tear apart one tissue box that was left unwatched during the night).
From there we took a coach to the opposite countryside of Weiâ€™s motherâ€™s parents.
Fetching the bride was probably the main event of this day, which disappointed me some. I understand that the money likely ran short, the groom and bride were exhausted as three days of celebration are far too much but still, this being the main event seemed to catch me a little short.
After we caught up to the groom though and the rest of the cars it was time for a short break, some fast breakfast where I tried some dumplings but wasnâ€™t fast enough to eat too many (it was way too hot!) The man there took out his phone and started taking pictures of me, the nerve! He should have just asked me, but I feel that so rude to just take pictures of me while I am trying to eat!
Onwards we drove to town to try to fetch the bride.
When we reached the top it is custom for them to deny us entry as they do not want their â€śdaughter, sister, granddaughter, friend etc.â€ť to be â€śtakenâ€ť away by the groom. So we offered candies, money, lots of money and then when the door was opened enough we pushed our way through and helped the groom get in. Then we paid more money, gave candies to the kids and had her friends open the bedroom door where the bride was hiding out.
The bride is a very pretty woman, and at first she wore a dress of white. I am assuming they took pictures and such as we waited around for a long time with Wei and I not knowing what we should do. Then it was time to leave, the groom had to pick the bride up and carry her down the seven flights of stairs all the way to the main car where she was placed onto the seat. We all piled in our respective cars, Wei and I being graced with sitting in with the bride and groom as Wei is the elder cousin of his, and we drove a short ways to the restaurant her family had paid for us to eat at.
It looked as if there was going to be some performance, band, singing or karaoke but no.
After that we all got back in the cars, brideâ€™s stuff and all and then headed back for the groomâ€™s home. It was here that we stopped yet again and waited. I donâ€™t know what for, maybe to gather everyone on the groomâ€™s side up but we waited a long time. Then, finally the groom began to carry his bride down the long road to her new home.
So because we were part of the groomâ€™s party we were ushered upstairs to eat with the other friends and members of the party but by then I wasnâ€™t really hungry. The bride and groom came in with candies and cigarettes. They ask for money (100 or 50RMb bills) and in return they give you candies if you are a woman and a cigarette if you are a man. They went around the table and when it was Weiâ€™s and my turn they were literally blown away when we outright gave them 200.
After that, Wei and I saw her grandparents, received our quilt (giving grandma 100RMB for her efforts as it was very considerate and all this likely costs more than that) and then finally it was time for us to go home. We were exhausted when we got home but it felt good. We were both a little disappointed by the wedding and its organization but I am happy I could be a part of that. So all in all, it was well worth it!
Red Cat Firsts:
~ Going to a Chinese wedding, countryside wedding
~ Eating Ox stomach
~ Eating Chicken Kidney
~ Riding in the main car with the ride and groom
~ Giving 200RMB at a wedding
~ Spending the night in the countryside
~ Bing given a cigarette in thanks and celebration