Chinese Pre-wedding Customs

Chinese pre-wedding customs are traditional Chinese rituals prescribed by the Book of Rites, the Book of Etiquette and Ceremonial (儀禮) and the Bai Hu Tong (白虎通) condensed into a series of rituals now known as the Three Letters and Six Rites (三書六禮). Traditionally speaking, a wedding that incorporates all 6 rites is considered a complete wedding (大娶, dà qǔ).

The six traditional rites involved in a Chinese wedding are as follows:

  1. nacai (納采) - formal proposal
  2. wenming (問名) - giving of the eight characters of prospective bride to the groom’s side
  3. naji (納吉) - placement of the eight characters at the ancestral altar to confirm compatibility
  4. nazheng (納徵) - sending of betrothal gifts to the bride and return gifts to the prospective groom
  5. qingqi (請期) - selection of an auspicious wedding date
  6. qinying (親迎) - wedding ceremony

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