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Vietnamese Wedding Traditions: A Cultural Celebration

CEO Tinh Phung
Image: Vietnamese Wedding Traditions Vietnamese Weddings in the U.S. are a magnificent culmination of historic and contemporary traditions. The beauty and richness of Vietnamese culture are beautifully reflected in every aspect of these weddings, from...

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Vietnamese Weddings in the U.S. are a magnificent culmination of historic and contemporary traditions. The beauty and richness of Vietnamese culture are beautifully reflected in every aspect of these weddings, from the exquisite Vietnamese Wedding Dress, known as the Ao Dai, to the traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony. Join us as we delve into the captivating world of Vietnamese wedding traditions and showcase breathtaking examples from our portfolio. Here's what we'll cover:

Vietnamese Engagement Ceremony | Dam Hoi

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The Vietnamese engagement ceremony, known as Dam Hoi, is a beautiful tradition where the groom's family leads a procession to the bride's family home. They bring gifts, carried by family members in even numbers and stored in red tin baskets covered with a traditional red cloth. Once the groom and his family receive approval, they exchange gifts and proceed with the wedding ceremony.

After formal introductions, the groom presents his gifts to the bride's family before seeking permission to see his bride-to-be. The bride, escorted by her mother, meets her groom, who greets her with a bouquet. The couple then proceeds to the Vietnamese altar to begin the emotional Tea and Candle Ceremony.

Vietnamese Wedding Tea & Candle Ceremony

The Tea Ceremony combines the celebration of marriage with the honoring of ancestors and relatives, making it one of the most compelling and emotional moments in a Vietnamese wedding. It is considered the proper meeting of both families, where the bride and groom exchange vows and rings. After the exchange, they serve Green Tea or Chrysanthemum Tea as a sign of respect, starting with the eldest family members. Family members then offer gifts of money, family jewelry, and advice for a long-lasting marriage. The ceremony concludes with the lighting of a grand dragon and phoenix candle, symbolizing the fusion of two families.

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It is traditional in Vietnamese weddings for the groom to give a roasted pig to the bride's family.

Vietnamese Wedding Attire | Ao Dai

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One of the most iconic symbols of a Vietnamese wedding is the Ao Dai, the traditional Vietnamese Wedding Dress. Both the bride and groom wear this elegant attire during the wedding ceremony and reception while they greet and thank their guests. The Ao Dai features a fitted top with floor-length panels and is accompanied by pants. To complete the look, the couple often wears a circular headdress called a Khan Dong.

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Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony

Vietnamese-American couples often hold another ceremony following the Vietnamese tea ceremony. This is when the bride has the opportunity to wear an elegant white dress, while the groom wears a traditional tuxedo. The type of wedding varies depending on the couple's religion, with many ceremonies taking place in Catholic churches or other venues.

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Vietnamese Wedding Reception

The Vietnamese wedding reception follows a similar format to a typical American reception, with a grand entrance, first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, toasts, games, desserts, and dancing. However, there are two unique elements commonly seen at Vietnamese weddings. The first is "Welcome Photos," where the bride and groom take photos with each guest as they enter the reception. These photos serve as a thank you for their love and support on this special day.

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Another tradition is the "Table Visits," where the bride and groom visit each table to personally greet and thank their wedding guests. They begin with the most important family and friends, offering a toast to the most significant person at each table. Guests traditionally give the couple envelopes filled with money during these visits. Once the bride and groom have made their rounds, the party officially begins!

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In more recent years, Vietnamese brides have chosen to wear white versions of the Ao Dai as a tribute to both the traditional Western Wedding Dress and the Ao Dai.

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Above is a Vietnamese bride and her Filipino husband wearing the traditional Filipino shirt, the Barong.

Make it Your Own!

As with any wedding, we encourage couples to add their personal touch to their Vietnamese wedding. Infuse traditions from other cultures, incorporate custom elements, and make the day truly yours.

Check Out More Vietnamese Weddings

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  • Westin South Coast Plaza | Alex and Hanh
  • Tivoli Terrace | Michael and Christina

About Lin & Jirsa

We are a group of creatives in Orange County with a passion for storytelling. Since our establishment in 2007, our studio has been recognized as the best wedding photographers in Los Angeles and Orange County. We invite you to visit our studio in Orange County, California, where we can showcase our albums, canvases, and other print photography products. Our team is also well-versed in Wedding Videography and can provide more information on this service.

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Interested in learning about other East Asian Wedding Traditions? Check out: Korean and Chinese Wedding Traditions.

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