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How To Dress For A Chinese Engagement Ceremony (Sangjit)

September 22, 2016
The wedding season is here. Many are curious about Chinese engagement ceremony, popularly known as sangjit, and what it's like. So, here's a little run through and 3 useful tips to note when dressing up for the occasion.

The wedding season is here. Many are curious about Chinese engagement ceremony, popularly known as sangjit, and what it’s like. So, here’s a little run through and 3 useful tips to note when dressing up for the occasion.

What Is Sangjit?

Sangjit is an engagement ceremony where the groom’s side would present “tributes” to the bride’s. It is one of the wedding processions in Chinese culture, which is generally done after one’s proposal and before the wedding ceremony.

The procedures might slightly differ however, most sangjit would include the following etiquette: the groom and his family would visit the bride’s to hand over the “tributes” in sequence. Usually starting from items for the bride’s parents; and a lunch gathering with loved ones. No joyous occasion would be complete without yummy delicacies, right?


How To Dress For Sangjit?

1. Red Everything

Though modern couples tend to use themes and welcome variations, most still thoroughly believe in conventional sangjit etiquette. In Chinese tradition, red is believed to be a colour of good luck and prosperity.

So.. when in doubt, just wear red. Like what my little cousin, Lala wore at Ce Dina’s sangjit, and what I wore at cousin’s Herliana’s engagement.

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2. Stay Simple

As most Chinese engagement ceremony is conducted in the afternoon, stick to simple knee length day dress. Flaunt your contemporary side with minimal and simple dresses. Besides, you don’t want to stand out more than the bride, do you? Keep the long dress for night reception.

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3. Follow The Theme

Unless it’s requested, avoid wearing black, white and blue when attending such occasion as it could offensive in Chinese culture. In my case, the bride-to-be requested for everyone to dress in her favourite colour, baby pink. Here’s my twinsie look with my sister, Nia.

aston-balikpapan-1Uptown Girl Pink Dress / London Rebel Wedges (similar herehere) / Daniel Wellington St Mawes Watch


aston-balikpapan-4 Uptown Girl Pink Dress / Forever New Heels / Daniel Wellington St Mawes Watch

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So.. Do you understand the Chinese style engagement tradition now? Do you have a memorable sangjit experience you want to share?

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Till next time, city walkers!

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