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A Chinese-Vietnamese Wedding in Birmingham

August 23, 2017
A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

Do you remember the engagement shoot I shared on the a blog a while ago? It was Linda and Steven’s engagement session with the lovely Hannah K photography. Well now I’m sharing photographs from their wedding! I love it when I get to share an engagement shoot followed by the wedding.

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

Linda and Steven are both from the UK. Stephen from Northampton and Linda from Birmingham. They’re not religious but Steven’s parents are Buddhist. They first met through a mutual friend in 2010 at a karaoke place. As she was also dating Stevens friend, and from there they just clicked as it felt like they had known each other for ages. Some people say if it was his singing that got Linda, but they didn’t sing that day at all. And the rest is history. Fastforward to 5 years later when it was time for Steven to propose. The proposal happened on Nye 2015 leading to 2016. This was done after Steven took Linda to dinner at Loch Fyne in Milton Keynes.

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding
Over to Linda to tell us more about their big day…

The wedding day took place on Sunday 7th May 2017. The theme was dusty pink. Dusty pink bridesmaid dresses and bouquets had pink roses and peonies to match. Our cake also had pink roses and peonies. Other than that, we kept the decor simple!

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

The dress or should I say dresses, my main dress was from an outlet store off the peg in Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, my Vietnamese ao dai was from Vietnam, which was custom made fit to measure. And my third dress was from asos.com. The groom’s outfit was hired along with the best men’s outfit in a Northampton store.

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

The catering and drinks for morning canapes were at botanical gardens, we could only use their caterers. And for the evening the banquet was at a Chinese restaurant Chung Ying Garden where the food and drink were supplied; especially Remy Martin. We had the traditional tea ceremony which was performed after the civil ceremony. It’s where the bride and groom give tea to their family and they receive lei xi (red packet envelopes). {Find out more about the Chinese tea ceremony here.}

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

My favourite part of the day was getting 300 guests seated so the banquet could start, I was hungry!! I found that the easiest part of wedding planning was booking the florist and chair/sash covers. The flowers were delivered on the morning of our wedding and at the reception – the chairs were already decorated.

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

I would say that the hardest part of wedding planning was getting the tables decorated on time. It was quite a squeeze, and also getting guests on time as food had to be out at 5pm latest. Making 300 favours was quite time-consuming and getting our engagement images on a DVD that would play at the reception on a loop was hard, I had to get my cousin to help me.

A Chinese Vietnamese Wedding

As we are from the same culture it wasn’t that hard to plan our wedding, in that aspect. The difficult part was the way our parents wanted certain traditions of the marriage to go the way they wanted it to go. My advice to others planning their multicultural wedding is discuss family traditions. Family traditions, may not be something you agree on due to different opinions. However it’s best to discuss with your parents along with your-in-laws about the traditions – allowing everyone to compromise. Don’t forget it’s your wedding day too.
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Suppliers

Photography: Hannah K. Photography
Videography: CreativEye Films
Wedding ceremony/drinks reception: Birmingham Botanical Gardens 
Evening reception: Chung Ying Garden
Dresses: Jewelery Quarter in Birmingham, Vietnam and ASOS
Groomsmen and bridesmaids outfits: ASOS
Photobooth: Snapix
Florist: Lily Jones Flowers
Chair and table decor, love sign: Gracious Event
Bentley Hire: Premiere Chauffers

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