These few months seem to the wedding season for my circle of friends. I have been attending at least one wedding every week since a month ago and the momentum is going to continue till the end of the year.
Another reason could be people trying to avoid getting married next year as it’s the year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac which is deemed inauspicious by some.
The chain of weddings are painful on the pocket with the Chinese’s penchant for lavish hotel banquets which entail customary ang pows from guests in order for the couple to cover their costs. If we were to ask me, the prices are probably highly inflated by the hotels and restaurants who profiteer from people’s willingness to give during the special occasion. At the end of everything, they are the one who stand to gain the most, not the couple who may even incur a hefty lost.
Rachel and I are now planning for our own wedding which should be in the middle of next year if all goes smoothly. It’s quite a chore, but we are also learning from our friends’ weddings as we attend them one by one. 🙂
May and June seems to be the wedding season among my friends. I attended three weddings over the last two weekends. There will be at least four more in the coming month, last when I counted.
It’s hard on the pocket, but yet it feels good to see my friends enter into marital bliss one by one.
Last Friday, I attended the wedding of my secondary school classmate, Kim Yong. It was great to see my secondary school classmates again at the wedding. The topics were no longer about soccer and computer games, but wives, career and housing. We still bonded well, and the bunch of us chatted till past 11pm, after all the guests have left. Towards the end, we actually managed to list out the entire class roaster, name by name, index number by index number!
On Saturday, I attended the wedding of a friend, Er Kai, whom I got to know from an exchange trip to China when I was still in NTU. He had invited the rest of our travel pals as well and it was heartwarming to see everyone again. This group is slightly younger – with me being the oldest among them, excluding the professor who went on the trip with us. Er Kai got to know his Korean wife when they met in Japan while both of them were still students. It took a while for their relationship to blossom, but they sure look like they were made for each other at their wedding night. 🙂