During the wedding day, couples will usually perform the Wedding Tea Ceremony. This is considered one of the most significant events of the wedding day as it symbolizes the formal introductions of the bride and groom to the families, and it is a demonstration of respect to the families.
While historically, the couple would serve tea to the groom's family and the bride would serve tea privately to her own family, many modern couples choose to show respect to both families by hosting tea ceremonies for both sides. There is nothing wrong with this as it clearly demonstrates the respect the groom has for the bride's family.
Points to note about the Wedding Tea Ceremony ...
The Wedding Tea Ceremony for the groom's family is usually done in the morning after the gate-crash, while the tea ceremony for the bride is done in the afternoon after they leave the groom's house.
During a Wedding Tea Ceremony, the groom stands on the right and the bride on the left side. The parents (or receiving party) will be seated waiting for the couples to kneel and serve the tea. It is here that many couples make a mistake. The order of serving is very important as it shows recognition of seniority. Contrary to what many think, the parents are served first, followed by the grandparents, then the grand uncles and aunts, uncles and aunts, and then elder siblings.
As a norm, after being served tea, gifts for the bride and groom are presented. If jewelry is given, it is customary for the couple to use the jewelry immediately.
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