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It’s never too late – some wonderful Chinese wedding news…

Re-creation of wedding photo for couple married 88 years. Photo via the Today Show

Re-creation of wedding photo for couple married 88 years. Photo via the Today Show

Once you have been married for 88 years, it might be difficult to bring something new into your life. But for one Chinese couple, after 88 years of wedded bliss, they finally got their wedding photos. What I mean is, they finally got to have their wedding photos taken.

As reported by many sources, including the Today Show, “cameras were scarce in China in 1924, when Wu Conghan, 101, and wife Wu Sognshi, 103, tied the knot, so they have no photos from their big day. But nearly nine decades later, they re-created the happiness of the event.”

The (not) blushing bride wore white, as did the groom. With red roses for a bouquet and canes for support, their smiles beam across the years.

Instant proofing via laptop. Photo from the Today Show.

Instant proofing via laptop. Photo via the Today Show.

And they didn’t even have to wait for their proofs; the couple was able to see the photos immediately on a computer. After all, when you are over 100 years old, you don’t want to have to wait for anything. (As my father used to say before he left us at 99 years, 9 months and 19 days, “at my age, you don’t buy green bananas.”)

So how did these photographs come to be taken? It was part of an initiative in the couple’s hometown, where photographers volunteered to take pictures of elderly couples who had no original wedding photos.

And after the photos were taken, their hometown threw them a wedding celebration! Let’s hope they make it to their 90th anniversary – that would be one for the record books.

You see, it is never too late to make memories – or to preserve them. If I could only get my hands on their wedding invitation – what a collage that would make!

Do you have access to a “vintage” invitation – one that is at least 5o years old? If you do, be the first to contact me and I will be happy to create a collage of that invitation at no charge – just email me. I can’t wait to work on it!



I’ll love you forever (especially if we get married on January 4, 2013): good fortune and Chinese weddings

Double happiness papercut bought on a business trip to Taiwan in 1989

Double happiness papercut
(bought on a 1989 business trip in Taiwan)

Happy Love You Forever Day! Haven’t heard of it? Maybe that’s because you aren’t Chinese, where couples across the country are doing what they can to marry on this auspicious date. More than 10 million marriages take place in China each year, with numbers spiking on dates thought to be numerically important.

Marriages take place at registry offices and must be booked in advance. It was reported that 10,000 couples married today in Beijing, and that many more hopefuls showed up without an appointment. In Hong Kong, the city’s five marriage registries were fully booked for this date by September 20 2012.

So what makes tody special? After all, it doesn’t have matching numbers (as was the case recently on 12/12/12); such dates are thought to bring good fortune.

No, it is the words that make today special. In Mandarin, the words for “January 4, 2013” sound like the phrase “I will love you all my life.”

That’s as good a reason as any to pick a wedding date.

However, if you’re looking for good fortune, it helps to pick the right parents.

At least that was the case for the couple in China’s Fujan province, where the bride’s father paid a dowry worth more than $150 million to help the couple start their new life together. According to the South China Morning Post  “the extravagant gift included four boxes of gold jewelry, more than $3 million deposited into their bank account, $800,000 in stock, a Porsche and a Mercedes…(as well as) a retail store, mansion and other properties. To top it all off, nearly $2.5 million was donated to two local charities on the couple’s behalf.” No partridge in a pear tree, but they can afford to buy their own should they choose to do so.

Why the largess? “As parents, we certainly want our child’s life to be more stable than our lives as entrepreneurs,” said the bride’s mother, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. I don’t think stability will be one of their future concerns. They married on Sunday. Guess they didn’t need to pick a particularly auspicious date to ensure their good fortune.

So how did you pick your wedding date? And has it proved to be fortunate for you?

In other Chinese wedding news, one father has established a bounty/promise of $65 million as a wedding gift to any man who will marry his lesbian daughter. As reported in the Huffington Post, Hong Kong businessan Cecil Chao was upset that his daughter Gigi had eloped with her partner to France, where their union was blessed in a church. It should be noted that Hong Kong decriminalized homosexuality in 1991, but it does not legally recognize same-sex marriage.

Ironically, it cannot be said that Mr. Chao practices what he preaches. A man with a reputation for being a playboy, he once claimed to have had 10,000 girlfriends but has never married. Daughter Gigi is one of three children, each with a different mother.

Chao says he has received “hundreds” of responses since making his offer, and is certain there is a large pool of eligible suitors. “Thousands of people want to be my in-laws,” he proclaims. Would Gigi cooperate and enter into a heterosexual marriage?  Gigi says, “We’ll just worry about that when the time comes.”

You can’t make this stuff up, people

What do you think  – is this a tempting offer? How much would it take to entice you to marry for money and not for love?