Friday, July 18, 2008

pompoms and favor bags Mom and I spent some time this week working on wedding stuff. First, we started making things to hang at the wedding. We will be hanging these tissue paper pompoms both in the tree and in the reception hall. Have I mentioned we are having an outdoor wedding and are getting married under this great big, 200 year old tree: I've always dreamed of an outdoor wedding. As a side note, I always told my family that I'd get married barefoot in someone's backyard--it almost happened till mom found the inn. And, well, I'm going to wear sandals because Lawrance thinks it's safer. Back to the pompoms. Mine will be orange, teal, pink, and yellow. We also have some pomanders made out of several different colors of gerberas to hang from the tree. Mom made those. We also bagged candy that Lawrance and I picked out in Taiwan. Traditionally in Taiwan, a bride and groom will stand at "the exit door" to thank all the guests for coming to their wedding. This also ensures that everyone at the wedding has one more chance to congratulate the new couple. They stand at the door with their parents and pass out candy and cigarettes. I'm not sure what the cigarettes symbolize; however, I do know about the candy. :) The giving of candy at the wedding symbolizes the guests sharing in the sweetness of the new marriage. Or that the guests wish a sweet life on the new couple. Lawrance also told me that in Taiwanese the word for "candy" sounds like "di di" which means "little brother." So, by taking the candy the guests are also wishing the couple has a son very soon. One aspect of the candy is that I've been told to take the candy in even multiples. In other words, never take just one piece. Taking two pieces is important because you want the two of them to stay married forever. So, . . . Lawrance and I got some of the traditional wedding candy and also some other fun Taiwanese candy we thought Americans would like. We aren't going to stand at the exit door at our American wedding, but we will give out the candy in little bags with an explanation of its cultural significance as our American wedding favors. The little bags look so cute and make me very happy.

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