For ages across the globe, brides and grooms have been infusing tea into their wedding festivities. Whether it’s giving away wedding tea favors, serving tea to guests or incorporating a tea ceremony, a growing interest in tea is prevalent in weddings. For the Chinese, serving tea is a symbol of respect, so it is typical to have a tea ceremony during the nuptials. A wedding tea ceremony has become a popular ritual many couples partake in regardless of their cultural traditions and practices.
When I went to China in 2010, I attended a Chinese wedding where the couple engaged in the customary tea ceremony. After the vows were exchanged, the bride and groom prepared a pot of tea and poured tea into small teacups for each parent. First, the bride offered the tea to the groom’s parents one at a time posing the questions, “Would you like a cup of tea, Dad?” and “Would you like a cup of tea, Mom?” Each parent responded yes to symbolize the acceptance and welcome of their new daughter into their family. The groom followed in the same respect.
Tea ceremonies like this vary from country to country and from traditional to modern. The Chinese usually host two separate tea ceremonies for the bride and groom’s families. Timing, location and people involved depend on the couple. Traditionally, the groom’s family is served first. If the couple chooses to also serve extended family, elders are first and the rest follow in seniority. After the tea is served, each person presents gold jewelry for the bride or a lucky red envelope with money to the couple. In a Vietnamese tea ceremony, the parents will impart marriage advice and guidance after they are served tea.
With wedding season in our midst, it’s perfect timing to highlight Art of Tea’s wedding tea, Now & Forever. While tea choice for a wedding tea ceremony is subjective based on cultural or personal preference, Now & Forever was handcrafted marrying organic green tea with organic oolong tea adorned with jasmine flowers and rose petals. The harmonious blend boasts light and round plum-like, fruity notes.
Additionally, Art of tea offers wedding favor options. Because the interest in tea has heightened, tea favors are trending. You can send your guests home with personalized tin favors using our artisan tea tins, to carry any of our hand blended, award winning teas. We have close to 200 teas and tisanes with the widest selection of organic and fair trade blends. We have monogrammed small tins to carry your choice of two blooming tea bulbs, two teabag sachets or Now & Forever. We have tea ceremony samplers as well that hold your choice of any two teabag sachets. We can even create a custom blend that will uniquely represent your union.
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