East meets West -
Why Chinese couples are choosing Ireland for their dream destination wedding

Ireland is quickly becoming a premier destination wedding location for the Chinese market. We take a look at why Ireland is a dream destination for couples who wish to merge ancient Chinese rituals with traditional Irish practices for their wedding day.

 

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As the world gets smaller and deeply connected, more cultures are becoming intertwined and familiar to a larger number of people. We as event and wedding planners have had the most incredible experiences learning about so many different cultures and customs in order to facilitate specific asks for our clients. The majority of our clients come to Ireland to immerse themselves in our traditions such as the beautiful ancient ritual of Handfasting which we wrote about here and Ireland is fast becoming a premier destination wedding location. There has been a significant increase in Chinese weddings in Ireland, most recently the high-profile wedding of Actress and singer Tang Yixin (29) and movie star Zhang Ruoyun (30) which took place in Adare Manor. The pair, who have 20 million followers each on Chinese site Weibo chose Ireland because of their deep love for our country saying "Ireland is a country where you get married and will never have a divorce".

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We have been fortunate to create dream destination weddings for our Chinese clients who wish to merge ancient Chinese rituals with traditional Irish practices for their wedding day. We love important symbolic rituals and traditions in weddings and how these traditions reinforce the importance of what it actually means to get married. Our clients Kerry and David were kind enough to share their thoughts with us about including a Chinese Tea Ceremony in their traditional Irish Castle Wedding and what this ritual symbolised for them.

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“In China, serving tea to welcome guests is an old tradition to show respect. In a wedding, such an act is to show respect and gratitude to parents for all the years of love and care so it was very important for us to include this ceremony in our wedding. A tea ceremony is also meaningful in many other ways. It's a symbol of purity, stability and fertility. The purity of tea signifies that love is pure and noble; the stability of tea stands for faithful love; the fertility of tea means that the new couple will have many children."

"During our tea ceremony, Kerry wore Red, which is a traditional colour choice symbolizing good fortune and joy. As we served tea to our respective families, we addressed them with their new titles, Father and Mother. After drinking the tea, our parents presented gifts in the form of jewelry to us while giving words of blessings. It is a beautiful and heartfelt tradition and it signified the joining of our two families together. It was of course made even more special by the fact that it took place at Ashford Castle surrounding by so much history and beauty. It was an emotional and meaningful way to start our wedding celebrations in Ireland.”

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More and more of our clients want to merge their traditions with ours when they choose to get married in Ireland. Because of this, we have had the pleasure of designing custom Chuppah’s for Jewish/Irish Celebrations. We have designed traditional American rehearsal dinners followed by humanist castle weddings and we have had Chinese “Win the Bride” followed by lakeside ceremonies and blessings. We try to incorporate as many important traditions and customs from the Bride and Groom’s home country, be it Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, China, America or India into their day whilst also giving them the Western Fairytale Castle or Manor Wedding that they desire.

Until next time,
Olivia
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