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WE'RE ENGAGED!
 Dan & Haley
The Wedding Day
THE WEDDING DAY

When

Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Where

Church Ceremony  2:00 - 3:30 PM

CHRIST CATHEDRAL

13280 Chapman Ave

Garden Grove, CA 92840

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Church parking lot on Chapman Ave and Lewis St.

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Dinner Banquet  5:30 - 11:00 PM

HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH

21500 Pacific Coast Hwy

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

      (behind hotel on Pacific View Avenue)

  • 5:30 PM Guests arrive

  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM Open bar & Hors d'Oeuvres 

  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM Main dinner reception

  • 9:00 -11:00 PM Entertainment & dancing

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Complementary valet parking on Beach Blvd and Pacific View Ave behind hotel

0 DAYS TO THE EVENT
2:00 - 3:30 PM - CHRIST CATHEDRAL - Church Ceremony 5:30 PM - HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH - Dinner Banquet

When

THE
PROPOSAL

Dreams do come true...

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 5:30 pm

Location: Laguna Beach, CA

The Proposal
ENGAGEMENT
TEA 
CEREMONY

When

May those who enter your home be filled with the peace and happiness that comes from knowing that true love dwells there.

-Dr. Carolann Cirbee

Saturday, Sep 4, 2021

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Watch Video of Dan & Haley's Engagement Tea Ceremony

(highlights)

Details

  • 10:30 AM  Groom's family arrives at Bride's family home in Santa Ana, CA

  • 11:00 AM  Tea ceremony begins!

    • Introduction of both sides of the families

    • Acceptance by elders into each other's families

    • Gifts from family members & loved ones

    • Groom's speech of gratitude

  • 12:30 - 2:30 PM  Luncheon

Description

The Lễ Đính Hôn, or the engagement ceremony can also be referred to as the Đám Hỏi, loosely translated as "the asking party", where the groom and his family asks the bride’s family for their daughter’s hand in marriage. 

Engagement Tea Ceremony

Traditions

Tea or “Tra”

Depending on the family, the tea ceremony can be with real tea. More commonly, however, tea is a euphemism for wine or liquor in the teapot.

Location

The humble home of the bride. Bear in mind that everyone in attendance needs to be able to fit in the living room of the home. 

Traditional Outfits 

Áo Dài is the traditional Vietnamese garment often made of silk with various patterns and embroidery.

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The Procession 

The groom and his family will make their way towards the bride’s house. Then the groom is followed by the men from the groom’s side each carrying trays called Qua (gifts). These trays contain gifts offered to the bride’s family. Traditionally there is an even number of Qua where the bare minimum includes a roasted pig and a tea set.​ Additional gifts can include:​

  • Betel and areca – symbolic of marriage

  • Boxes of Tea or Bottles of “tea” – bottles of alcohol

  • Fruits

  • Sticky Rice, Cakes or other pastries

During this exchange of "qua" and initial greetings, the bride remains upstairs. If she’s lucky, she can get a peek out a window to see the exchange. 

The Ceremony

Guests tend to line up along the side of the room, leaving an open space in the middle for the gifts and the groom. Typically a welcome speech is offered first by the bride’s family, followed by introductions of all the family members in attendance. Then the groom's family will introduce their side, followed by the opening of the gifts that they would like to offer. If both sides of the family approve of this union, a request for the bride’s presence is then made.

The mother of the bride will retrieve her daughter to meet everyone. Then the ceremonial tradition of serving tea to the parents and grandparents takes place.

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The Luncheon

This will include the food that the groom's party brought as well as food prepared by the bride’s side of the family. This is an opportunity for both sides of the family to get to know one another before the actual wedding day. During this lunch, the bride and groom will have the opportunity to take some formal photos with family.  Once completed, they will eat lunch and greet all the attendees.

Photos
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