Traditionally, tea ceremonies were held at the couple’s respective homes. But nowadays, you have a few more options - especially if your wedding venue isn’t near your home.
Here are four other places to consider hosting your tea ceremony at:
If you’re already staying at a hotel and spending money on a suite, why not consider hosting the ceremony there as well? The tea ceremony is traditionally held the morning before the wedding, so it's definitely a convenient location for early tea ceremonies. You can also leverage the hotel staff for extra cups and help setting and cleaning up!
Whether you are hosting a Chinese banquet or a rehearsal dinner at a restaurant, you can always take advantage of the space to also conduct your tea ceremony at. The advantage here is that you’ll have easy access to tea and hot water, as well as tea cups.
If you want beautiful scenery and photos of the tea ceremony, then you can’t go wrong with hosting it outdoors. If you’re agnostic to the location, try looking for a park that has a Pagoda that you could host your tea ceremony in.
4. At your regular ceremony/wedding venue
If you’d like to involve your parents more during your main ceremony, consider adding the tea ceremony as part of your main wedding ceremony. Or have it at another spot at your venue before the actual ceremony.
Things to consider when deciding on the venue for your tea ceremony:
- Are there chairs or benches? Typically, the main guests who you will be serving tea to sit on chairs or a bench together while the bride and groom kneel on the floor in front of them.
- Do you have easy access to hot water for the tea? Or do you plan to bring your own tea already made? You can always enlist your bridal party’s help in bringing enough hot water for the ceremony.
- Is there seating available for any of the other guests viewing the tea ceremony? This is not necessary but could be nice, especially if you have a lot of relatives participating in the ceremony.
- Are there places to hang any decor? No worries if there aren't. You can always use a red rug to demarcate the area if you’re outdoors.
You can use the handy checklist we made here to ensure you run a smooth tea ceremony. :)
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