Jake and Anna had a beautiful lễ đính hôn and tea ceremony last month. In the Vietnamese culture, we have a lễ đính hôn which is a formal engagement party and ceremony. In the past, it was a chance for the couple’s families to meet for the first time and to officially announce the couple’s engagement to family and friends. It’s at this time that the groom’s family will formally ask the bride’s family for permission for the marriage to happen.
At the beginning of the lễ đính hôn, the groom’s side will carry gifts that are stored in red tins and covered with traditional red clothes. These gifts are presented to the bride’s family to show they value the bride and her family. During the ceremony, they light incense to ask for blessing from their ancestors. They also will have a tea ceremony where both the bride and broom thanked both sets of parents for their sacrifices and offer them tea.
Both Anna and Jake wore an áo dài which is what we wear on formal occasions. The literal translation of áo dài means long dress and it consists of a long tunic with wide-leg pants underneath.
After the tea ceremony, Anna and Jake had 3 beautiful tables outside decorated with red to match her áo dài. The day was so much fun and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for her wedding day!
Photographer: KSL Wedding
Wedding Planner: Your Jubilee
Florals: Avant-Garde Studio
If you would like to view more tea ceremonies, check this out: Kevin + Jenn | Vietnamese Wedding Photographer