Samantha & Shawn’s beautiful wedding started out with a traditional Tea Ceremony at the Embassy Suites in Raleigh. I asked Samantha what the tradition is and she said it’s traditionally considered a final opportunity for the bride to serve her parents before she becomes a part of the groom’s family. Historically, the bride would most likely be moving far from her family without a lot of opportunities to visit.
When serving the groom’s parents, it symbolizes the bride becoming a part of the groom’s family. The tea is served to elder immediate family as well, as a sign of respect and gratitude. In return, they give their well wishes, jewelry and/or red envelopes of money which are for good luck.
I’m so glad I was able to be a part of the ceremony…it was very unique and really started the wedding day beautifully.