In feudal society, the marriage was the whole show by parents or matchmaker, when someone is at the age of marriage; she or he will be matched by matchmaker according to their fortune and eight-character about her or his birth. When they are ready to marry, the bridegroom will present betrothals and ark for courtship by matchmaker, after the bride agrees with that, she will select a propitious date and write down in red paper and this called Selecting Date.
About local folk, generally speaking, courtship and selecting date will arrange on April of Chinese lunar calendar and wedding ceremony will start on December of Chinese lunar calendar. The second betrothals will be more than the first time to the bride. How much of the bride’s dowry will base on her economy. In poor family, there are a closestool, three basins, two candle’s holds and a lamp, in a word, that is three lamps. There are two most recherche dowers, one is closestool, which fills up dates, peanuts, oranges, that means the newlywed will get a baby earlier, another is shoes, someone will put bride’s shoes into groom’s one, that means living to old age in conjugal bliss, because shoes has a partial tone in Chinese. The day before the wedding ceremony, the bride will host family relatives for parting with her parents. The groom will also host his relatives, at the same time, the groom will invite two elderships of family to company him and bride. On the day of wedding ceremony, the bride’s sedan chair will land in Jing’ai Hall, the cortege will bring the bride to her chamber and halloo that one generation is better than the coming one on wedding ceremony. The bride and the groom drink their wine mutually, the elder will sing congratulation. Three days after wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom will go back to father-in-law’s home and present heavy gifts, the bride has to come back new home in the same day, and she couldn’t stay in former residence in the first month. In ancient time, man was exalted, but on the contrary, female was quite humble. So when they married the groom’s family was pretty busy and the bride’s family was quite cold.