This was a really grand affair held in the the Grand Hyatt Erewan - a place one visits rather than stays at! It was truly grand so we took lots of photos to prove we had been there!
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The wedding ceremonies were equally grand and fascinating starting with a Chinese tea ceremony followed by a traditional Thai ceremony.
See this website for an explanation of the Chinese ceremony which was mainly for Macs family: http://www.chinabridal.com/etiquette/tea.htm
The Thai wdding ceremony is called ROD-NAM-SANG. It is the main event where both the bride and the bridegroom's family get together. They witness this important event. Both the bridge and the bridegroom will sit close together on the floor (or small stage) with their hands held in WAI style.
A flower chain connects the hands. Jib's parents led the event. They started to pour water over Mac and Jib's hands, blessed them and wished them good luck. The water is contained in a conch shell. Usually, only selected people like close friends and close relatives will be invited to the ROD-NAM-SANG event.
The dinner party started around 6 pm; the bride and the bridegroom with their parents stood in front of the function room greeting and welcoming the guests.
Before this guests went to register their name at reception area. They signed the guest-book wishing good luck for the couple.
Guests had their photograps taken with the bride and the bridegroom.
During the evening there was a reception made up of eating lots of wonderful foods and listening to a series of speeches. It was a shame our Thai wasn't good enough to take it all in as it sounds as if there was lots of humour in the speeches.
The Master of Ceremonies (MC) started the formal ceremony. The MC invited both the bride and the bridegroom to the floor. A wedding Flower is presented to them by the parent of the bridegroom.
The MC called for the guest of honour to give the speech for the bride and groom. The guest of honour in this case was a reresentative of the king.
The cake was an enormous thing standing almost two metres high. Jib and Mac used a sabre to cut it.
Jib and Mac looked really pretty and handsome.