Society & Culture
When wedding bells ring
Addie Chen, 28, definitely had a tight agenda over the past several months.
The corporate employee in Beijing and her fiancé were busy preparing for their wedding ceremony, scheduled for the end of May, 2009.
Compounding matters was the long ‘to do’ list: taking wedding photos at studios and scenic spots, reserving a hotel for the wedding banquet, booking wedding limos, selecting the wedding dress, and buying necessities for the marital celebration.
Chen and her fiancé, both non-Beijing natives, got to know each other and fell in love two years ago shortly after they secured working posts in the capital and settled down there. With their parents living in faraway provinces, they had to prepare everything themselves.
Although the wedding preparations were quite time-consuming, they decided not to leave it to the professionals to save money.
What’s more, they believed a wedding is one of the most important occasions in their life, so it would be more meaningful to arrange it by themselves.
Many wedding companies are thriving in various cities across China, with a recent survey showing that more than half of young couples in China are willing to have a wedding company arrange everything, despite the high cost.