Once upon a time a handsome prince, known here as “Big E” traveled to the other side of the world to wed an Asian princess, “Small R.” He happily honored all of the traditions of her country to make her his wife. This is their (and mine, I’m the best man) story:
We had dinner with the bride’s parents the night before,
The morning started out with some of the male members of the bridal party and me inspecting the groom’s room. According to tradition, the “Love Bed” must be prepared.
Once it was confirmed that the “Love Bed” was adequate, we took a wedding car to the Bride’s house (need her for wedding). And yea, it’s not bad luck in China to see the bride before the wedding.
But, not so fast. Once there, we had to bribe our way through many gates. (This is China after all).
We carried our sugar cane and bribes proudly
Inside the bride’s apartment, the groom had found that the bride was locked in her room. How to get her to open the door? Bribe her, of course. The groom had to: Give her money, Sing to her (IN CHINESE!), Tell 10 reasons why he loves her, give her more money. After she was sufficiently bribed, she opened the door. However, her wrist along with the wrists of her friends were tied together in a common rope. The groom had to pick which strand belonged to her. He tried and tried, but couldn’t pick the correct one. With each failed attempt he (or the best man) had to obey a command from one of her friends. This means that the groom had to sing a song, tell a joke, and the best man had to do five push ups, and yea, give them money.
Next, the best man had to find the bride’s matching red slipper which was hidden in the room. He did so quickly (we were getting hungary).
10 Reasons E loves R
Next, the Groom presented the very, very (did I say very) large diamond ring to the bride. Oh no, where’s the ring?
Successful in his conquest, it was time for the groom to take the lovely bride to a local park to show her off. We exited for the special wedding cars. The Chinese celebrated this glorious moment of the People’s Republic with massive fireworks. Fireworks
At the park we played games, like “keep the groom from touching the bride.” The groom valiantly fought for his beautiful bride. Just a proud man and his bride
After some wedding shots in the park, the entire wedding party proceeded to the reception. Let the Baijiu flow! The great hall welcomed the newly wed couple.
The reception was loaded with fun (and Baijiu!) The best man gave a toast (in front of everyone) to the bride and goom. The groom gave a toast to his new bride. The bride, groom, and best man visited each table and offered a toast.
An MC entertained the guests and yes, lots and lots of wonderful Chinese traditional food.
Ultimately, the groom ended up with a beautiful new wife, the in-laws inherited a new son, and the best man found a new friend in China,
Other Great stuff:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First, I would like to thank Rebecca’s family for their invitation to China.
And I would like to thank the Chinese people for having me as a guest in their beautiful country.
I first met Earl in 1992 so I’ve known him for twenty years now.
We met in college when he asked me for some help with his homework. Since then, we’ve always been close friends.
I’m an only child so Earl is like the little brother that I never had. Well, bigger – little brother ;-)~
Although I’ve know Earl for twenty years, I’ve only known Rebecca for a few months. Even so, I could tell that they were a perfect match. Even when I saw them together for the first time, I could easily see that they were a perfect couple. When two people are in love, it is easy to see it in their eyes. Besides, when I saw that Rebecca laughed at Earl’s jokes which were not that funny, I knew they were a match made in heaven ~
Their love is also special because it is a joining of two cultures, American and Chinese. These cultures can be very different in many ways, but Earl and Rebecca have shown that their love is stronger than any cultural hurdles. All peoples of the world want world peace. By showing us that love is greater than national boundaries, Earl and Rebecca lead all of us into a new age of understanding and cooperation. In honor of this very special couple, I would like to make three toasts: One to the past, one to the present, and one to the future:
1) (past) May the lessons of the past bring us a bright future
2) (present) Today two lonely souls become content, two flames become one, and two great families become united
3) (future) Along your journey together you will find good times and difficult times. Like a sturdy compass in a violent sea, may your love always show you the way