fredag 24. mai 2024

What’s Wrong With Traditional Weddings? Everything, Say Young Chinese.

When A Kang and his partner decided to get married in February, they quickly realized they didn’t want a traditional wedding. The elaborate rituals that have become common in China — the fleet of limousines, diamond rings, lavish banquet, and professional emcee — felt wasteful and meaningless.  So the couple decided to go in a radically different direction. They hired a simple banquet hall, got their families to help with catering, and hosted the ceremony themselves. A Kang rolled up to the venue in a rented minivan.

The couple are far from alone in doing this. Young Chinese are increasingly ditching the trappings of conventional weddings and embracing more minimalist, personalized ceremonies — a practice that appears to be driven by both changing social values and a desire to save money.