A Wedding Ceremony in Beijing

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Civil wedding ceremonies go on everyday in Beijing. Spring and summer are the most popular time of year for weddings.

Today at the invitation of one of my former university classmates – Mr. Jiang, I take part in his son’s marriage ceremony held in the Golden Hall at the Building C of Beijing Hotel.

Most of the grand wedding reception options are outsourced to wedding planning companies that have professional teams in charge of venues, flowers, caterers, photographers, dresses, clothes hire, car rental and the list goes on…

His son’s civil ceremony is no exception considering the fact that over 350 participants are present for the reception, not an easy task for coordination.

The guests are assembling in the lobby and signing at the registration desk with beautiful background music played. While registering, guests would presents theirs red envelopes ( with money inside) or gifts to the bride and the groom.

4 girls play string instruments welcoming the guests in the lobby leading up to the entrance to the Golden Hall, the venue for the wedding reception.

4 girls play string instruments welcoming

4 girls play string instruments welcoming

The Golden Hall at Beijing Hotel is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies in Beijing. The hall can hold as many as 500 people with a mixed decor style of tradition and modernity.

The host table is just set in front of the delicately adorned platform flanked by two video projection screens

The host table is just set in front of the delicately adorned platform

The host table is just set in front of the delicately adorned platform

In the middle of the hall is the long love corridor adorned with flowers and crystal pendants. The groom will walk through the corridor and greet his bride at the other end and walk her back to the platform.
In th middle of the hall is the long love corridor adorned with flowers and crystal pendants

In th middle of the hall is the long love corridor adorned with flowers and crystal pendants

Each table is decorated with a flower stand and piled with drinks, wines, appetizers and cold dishes.
Each table is decorated with a flower stand and piled with drinks, wines and appetizers and cold dishes

Each table is decorated with a flower stand and piled with drinks, wines and appetizers and cold dishes

Here come the three pairs of bridesmaids and best men arm in arm walking to the plantform through the love corridor.
Here come the three pairs of bridemaids and best men arm in arm walking to the planform through the love corridor.

Here come the three pairs of bridesmaids and best men arm in arm walking to the planform through the love corridor.

An officiant is presiding over the ceremony from the beginning to the end.
The officiant is presiding over the ceemony from the beginning to the end.

An officiant is presiding over the ceremony from the beginning to the end.

The groom is walking through the love corridor blowing his saxophone from the platform to the other end of the flowers adorned corridor to meet her bride.
The groom is walking through the love corridor blowing his saxophone

The groom is walking through the love corridor blowing his saxophone

Arm in arm, the bride and the groom are embarking on their love passage – the flower decorated long corridor.
Arm im arm, the bride and the groom are embarking on their love passage

Arm in arm, the bride and the groom are embarking on their love passage

The bride and the groom are happily walking through the love corridor arm in arm.
The bride and the groom are happily walking through the love

The bride and the groom are happily walking through the love

Two children are arranged in the wedding ceremony in very memory making ways.  The exchange of rings
Kissing in front of all the guests
Kissing in front of all the guests

Kissing in front of all the guests

Both parents of the bride and groom are smiling from the bottom of their hearts.
Both parents of the bride and groom are similing from the bottom of their hearts.

Both parents of the bride and groom are smiling from the bottom of their hearts.

The bride and the groom and their parents are up on the platform
The bride and the groom and their parents are up on the platform

The bride and the groom and their parents are up on the platform

The groom’s father, Mr. Jiang is making a short speech in the ceremony and hands down their family’s Instructions: if the family lives in harmony, all affairs will prosper.
Mr. Jiang is making a short speech in the ceremony and hands down their family's Instructions

Mr. Jiang is making a short speech in the ceremony and hands down their family’s Instructions

About 350 guests are attending the wedding reception.
About 350 guests are attending the wedding reception.

About 350 guests are attending the wedding reception.

The projection screen is putting on a VCR about the bride and groom’s love story.
The projection screen is putting on a VCR about the bride

The projection screen is putting on a VCR about the bride

Recreational performances are put on to entertain the guests
Recreational performances are put on to entertain the guests

Recreational performances are put on to entertain the guests

Caterers are busy serving the guests in the course of the civil ceremony.
Caterers are busy serving the guests in the course of the civil ceremony.

Caterers are busy serving the guests in the course of the civil ceremony.

The bride and the groom are coming to each table to make a toast.
The bride and the groom is coming to each table to make a toast.

The bride and the groom is coming to each table to make a toast.

For me, the wedding ceremony is more a networking occasion than a civil wedding reception.

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