Monday, October 25, 2010

Chinese Guo Da Li & Dowries (过大礼, 安床,上头)

GUO DA LI (过大礼)
Last Updated: 14/3/2015

Guo Da Li, or the betrothal ceremony, is one of the most important events for traditional Chinese weddings. The event usually takes place about one to three weeks before the actual wedding day. On the day of Guo Da Li, families of the bride and the groom exchange bridal gifts to signify their blessings for the wedding couple. It is also a gesture to express sincerity towards the marriage between the two families.

In the olden days, the items to prepare for Guo Da Li can be very elaborated because the value of the betrothal gifts is an indication of the wealth of the groom's family. Nowadays, the list is very much simplified. As a guide, the basic essentials includes the following.

    * Dowry (also known as "Pin Jin" in Chinese)
    * Dragon and phoenix candles ("Long Feng Zhu")
* Red Cloth
* Gift Cookies (礼饼)
    * Oranges (even number of oranges, like eight or twelve, is preferred)
    * Alcohol (champagne or wine)
    * Auspicious seeds and grains (such as dried longans, dried red dates, dried lotus seeds, beans etc.)
and so on ...
(Pls visit our shop for further consultation)

Wedding couples may add auspicious items such as bedside lamps (a symbolism to ward off evil spirits), tea-set to be used for tea ceremony, bridal quilt and bed-sheet, basin, handkerchiefs, etc which is going to be useful on bed-setting day and wedding day itself .

The items for Guo Da Li may vary slightly for the different Chinese dialect groups. For the Hokkiens, pig trotters are usually included. For the Teochews, it is typical to have "Si Dian Jin" (four gold items, including gold necklace, gold ring, gold bangle and a pair of gold earrings). For the Cantonese, a roast pig and some dried seafood are common.


We have complete set of Chinese Dowries in our shop.
Ready for immediate pick ups or delivery.

Bed Setting (安床)
Bethothal Gifts (过大礼)
Hair-dressing Set
Tea Ceremony
... and such

Guo Da Li (Groom Side) (过大礼)
Dragon Pheonix Candle x 2
Red Cloth for Door x 2
Hei Greeting/Wording/Sticker for Door x 2
Fan x 2
Red Longevity Strings x 2
Ceremony Angpows (PingKam, Roasted Pig, Mother-in-law so on) x 8pcs
(Customization is possible, please visit our shop)

Actual Day/ Tea Ceremony (Bride side)
Teaset with Tray x 1
Mandarin Duck Red Pail Set with Spit Stool & Baby Bath x 5
Red Umbrella x 1
Bedsetting Lamp x 1pair
Wedding Face Towel x 1pair
Ceremony Angpow (Chicken, Roasted Pig, so on) x 3
(Customization is possible, please visit our shop)

Bed Setting / "An Chuang" (安床)
Red Round Tray x 1
Five Auspicious Grains x 5
Four Auspicious Seeds x 4
Prosperity Charcoal x 1
'Yuan' Coin with Angpow x 4
Baby Boys Pin Cushion or Baby Boy Miniature x 1
Dragon & Pheonix Chopsticks x 2pair
Hei Angpow Packet x 6
An Chuang Lady's Angpow Packet x 1
Hei Stickers x 10
(Customization is possible, please visit our shop)

Hair Setting (Bride Side)
Traditional Ruler x 1
Traditional Face Powder x 1
Wedding Red Comb x 1
Traditional Red Scissors x 1
Traditional Red String x 1
Red Longevity String x 1


 Bride's Dowry Package
Offer RM150/set only (until 30 March 2015)

Bride's Kwa, Groom's Suit, Mother-In-Law Dress
For Rental or Purchase

Guo Da Li Gift
Standard Package, ala-carte or Wrapping Service

Door Banner & Flowerballs

Wedding Comforter or Quilt Set

Invitation Card Printing Service

Door Gifts
Chinese Theme / Modern Theme / Personalization

Car Decoration Service

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63, Mezz Floor, Jalan SS2/64,
47300 Petaling Jaya.
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