The Hair Combing Ceremony | Chinese Wedding Planner

There are several Chinese wedding traditions that make up the unique and special parts of every Chinese bride’s wedding. The Hair Combing ceremony is an important part of Chinese traditional wedding culture. This ceremony takes place at the bride’s home, symbolizing her stepping into adulthood. The bride’s mother is usually the one to do the hair-combing ceremony. It should be a person of good fortune. In fact, any relative that meets the requirements can perform the ceremony.

We love this beautiful tradition because it creates a special moment between the bride and her mother. For modern brides, you can consider adding this as part of your getting-ready segment on your wedding day. Also, the photographer can be there to document it as well. Read more about this beautiful tradition that our Los Angeles Chinese Wedding Planner has prepared for you.

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How to perform the ceremony?

First, the bride and groom take a bath in water that is infused with pomelo leaves. After that, they can wear their red sleeping garment, which symbolizes good fortune in Chinese culture.

The dragon-phoenix candles will be lit in order to start the ceremony. Then, the combing ceremony will officially start. And the following lines are recited while combing their hair:

May you be together all your lives from marriage till the end.


May you have a harmonious intimate marriage until old age.


May you fill your home with your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all over the place.


May you enjoy abundant wealth and an everlasting marriage.


Now that the hair combing has been done, they will then proceed to eat rice balls together, prepared by their parents. This symbolizes longevity and prosperity in marriage. As soon as the ceremony is complete, the bride and groom will get a good night’s sleep for their upcoming big day.

When and where to perform the ceremony?

The time of the hair-combing ceremony varies depending on the Chinese lunar calendar. It can either take place the night before the wedding or the morning of the wedding day separately at the bride and groom’s own home.

Having a Chinese-speaking wedding planner would be very helpful in planning out a perfect Chinesetraditionall wedding. Learn more by contacting our team. Also, other than this Chinese Hair Combing Ceremony, there are lots of things to know and enjoy in Chinese wedding traditions.

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