Getting married the Chinese traditional way has always been an expensive affair....the dinner party alone?
??? SV COUPLES DESCENDING SPIRAL STAIRCASE AND TAKING SEATS FOR CEREMONY ??? SHOTS)
SV RELATIVES AND GUESTS SEATED AT TABLES WATCHING CEREMONY
SV COUPLE CUT WEDDING CAKE
SV COUPLES ???IVING WEDDING CERTIFICATES (2 SHOTS)
GV GUESTS AT DINNER PARTY
SV LIO??? DANCE IN PROGRESS (2 SHOTS)
SV GROOM GIVING CEREMONIAL TASTE OF FOOD TO RELUCTANT BRIDE
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Background: Getting married the Chinese traditional way has always been an expensive affair....the dinner party alone taking away a sizable chunk of what the couple has to set aside for the big occasion. Add to this, the expenses???on other necessities and then throw in a honeymoon, and the cost can become staggering.
In Singapore, an increasingly popular way to ease the expensive burden is for young couples to join in a sponsored mass wedding group. The idea became an attractive alternative two years ago when with much publicity, a group of enterprising travel agents put together an annual mass wedding tour.
SYNOPSIS: Seventy two couples participated in the first event in 1976. This year's, which took place on Saturday (9 September) saw 210 taking part.
For a modest price couples gat a package deal which includes a wedding reception at a first class hotel and a honeymoon, usually to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok or Manila.
Participants also receive gifts such as food hampers, orchids, half a year of free television rental, clothes, and gift vouchers.
Thrown in for the brides is a pre-facial treatment before their honeymoon departure.
??? financially strapped couples, and their families the mass wedding alternative often prevents what could have been an embarrassing situation with relatives, who expect an impressive exercise. Weddings are traditionally seen by some Chinese communities as a measure of a ???ly's self???respect.
Organisers of the mass wedding tours say about eighty per cent of their ???ents are recommended by their friends who participated in earlier ???ents.