Wednesday, March 18, 2009

our taiwanese wedding banquet So, right after the ceremony, we headed over to a large Chinese restaurant for the wedding banquet. Law's parents picked out the restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised that they had chosen a restaurant that was own by a Christan. Very cool!! Here are some of the banquet highlights: Before the whole thing started we (the bridal party) were ushered into a little room for a small rest. This was very nice. We were then introduced and entered the banquet hall. There were 27 tables at our wedding, which means 270 people. (Ten people per table is the traditional standard. You tell others how many were at your wedding by telling them how many tables there were.) 270 people at a wedding banquet is not considered a large wedding. Small to medium at best. I've been to one with 100 tables--that's 1000 people!! Also, just FYI, only about 80 people attended both the church ceremony and the wedding banquet. Many just showed up for the banquet, some were only able to attend the ceremony only, and students were invited to ceremony only. So, less than a third of the people at the banquet had been at the ceremony. After the formal introduction, we sat at the head table at the front with parents, and uncles (and their wives). After the first dish or so was served, we went "on stage" with his parents and my best friend's father, Lin BaBa, who stood in as my "Taiwan father." (I love how the two dads seems as if they are standing at attention.) We toasted everyone (using cranberry juice, interesting to me since in the States we probably would have used grape juice). Law and I then did the "couple entwined armed" toast together. :) After a few more dishes, we sang a Karaoke song together. The only love song I know in Chinese is "The Moon Represents My Heart," so that is what we sang! :) Then he had to "wei wa" wine. "wei" means to feed someone something--kinda like a mother bird feeds her baby chicks (and "wa" means "me"). SO . . . he first had to put the wine into his mouth and then "pour" it into mine. All I could think about was "don't you dare get any on my dress!" :) Soon after that the two of us toasted the main family table--parents and uncles. Next, his parents, Lin Baba (my adopted Taiwanese dad), and Big Uncle joined us as we toasted each table. Waitresses guided us through the entire room, and followed us making sure we all had full glasses. There were several other Karaoke songs sung. Law's parents decided on all the dishes that were served. There was a lot of seafood. I ate little, and appreciate the photos people took of the meal since I didn't get to see it all. When Law's brother and his girlfriend wanted to sing a song, Law "punked" them by making them kiss for a long time....

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