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People in Hong Kong emphasize wedding customs and traditions It usually takes more time in Hong Kong than in United States to prepare a wedding Comparing to the casual wedding in United States wedding in Hong Kong are more complex especially the ceremony and the banquet The ceremony is usually a combination of the western and eastern style The eastern style ceremony includes traditional Chinese elements and is much more complex than the western style So the couples usually start to prepare their wedding six months ahead of time Chinese emphasize wedding on customs and traditions It is important for them to marry on an auspicious day and if possible at an auspicious hour When a couple decides to get married both sides of the family will meet together First they will decide on the amount of money that the groom should pay for the brides wedding preparation Then they will pick the wedding day by looking through the Chinese lunar calendar and the astrological charts which shows the days that are suitable for the wedding and will bring them luck In contrast to Chinese Americans are not superstitions when it comes to choose the wedding date They will emphasize on practicality throughout the wedding preparation The brides family usually pays for the whole wedding In addition Chinese will prepare both western and eastern style wedding gowns The bride usually wears the eastern style-wedding gown at the wedding banquet It is a robe of red brocade or satin richly embroidered in gold thread and sequins American on the other hand will choose only one kind of wedding gown Chinese wedding and American wedding also differ in ceremony Besides the church ceremony the traditional tea ceremony is also important to the Chinese This tradition is often observed after the church ceremony in the main sitting room at the home of the grooms parents The bride would kowtow to the grooms parents the groom greets the brides
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