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Peter & I-an were married at Tighes Hill, Newcastle.
While many Chinese in Australia have lost touch with the old ways, there are those, especially from Malaysia, who exhibit great pride in their cultural history

Celebrant Philip Greentree is well experienced in providing wonderful ancient chinese traditions within his custom designed ceremonies. He has blended several of his proprietary Australian rituals with the Chinese traditions to create a truly memorable event.
1. The Bridal Procession
chinese bridal entry
A very proud father flew in from Malaysia to escort his daughter into her ceremony.

3. Cleansing & Blessing of The Rings
Cleansing of rings
The rings are cleansed in sea water, then blessed by invoking the Spirit of Love.

5. The Honouring of the Elders
honouring the elders
Firstly, the couple bow to the East to honour their ancestors, then bow to their elders who are present, then they bow to each other as they pledge to always honour their relationship.

8. Blessing of The Hands
Blessing of the Hands
This may be one of Celebrant Philip's proprietary rituals, but many a Chinese father has had a tear on his cheek by the end.

9. The Tea Ceremony
Tea ceremony
Surely the quintessential Chinese wedding tradition. It is surprising how many couples actually seek toe include the Tea Ceremony in the ceremony itself. The logistics are easy... several large flasks of hot water, and a tea set, along with an assistant to prepare the individual cups.

11. The Presentation of the Married Couple
CHinese presentation
The ceremony is at an end, Celebrant Philip presents the Certificate to the bride, then presents the married couple to the guests.
2. Celebrant's Challenge
celebrant's challenge
This is where Celebrant Philip fulfils the requirement to say the couple's full names aloud, and to also seek the blessing of the couple's parents to their marriage.

4. Combined Asking & Ring Exchange
chinese ring exchange
The rings are exchanged as part of their answer to being asked if they wish to marry each other.

6. Toasting each Other with Wine
Chinese wine ceremony
The couple toast each other with wine using small Chinese cups.

7. The Cord Ceremony
Chinese cord ceremony
The Chinese once believed that the Gods decreed who was to marry, and from then on, those two souls from birth continued through life as they were inextricably drawn together until the day came they were married.

The priests would walk around the couple binding them with red cord in a ritual that is strikingly similar to Celtic handfasting. Celebrant Philip has "modernised" this ritual with stunning results.

10. Sealing the Covenant of Marriage
orthodox covenant
Another of Celebrant Philip's proprietary rituals in which the groom transfers his wife's engagement ring from her right hand to the left.

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What MUST your celebrant ensure occurs during the ceremony?

The following are not negotiable.
  • The Celebrant's Monitum in which:.
    1. The celebrant must ID them self.

    2. Read aloud "The Definition of Marriage in Australia."

  • Identify the couple by saying aloud their full names at some stage preferably before the vows.

  • Ensure the required words are said within the vows.

  • Ensure the Marriage Register is signed by the 5 parties to the marriage, which include:
    The Couple, their 2 witnesses aged over 18-years, & the celebrant.

    Naming Your Baby during Your Ceremony?
    baby naming
    Philip has, on numerous occasions, named the couple's child as part of the ceremony. Most of those couples have remarked that it was far more meaningful than having a separate naming ceremony in the backyard at home.
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