May 31 2016

An Chuang (安床) Guide

After the dowry is sent to the groom’s family or the couple’s new home, the groom’s family invites a respected female relative or friend to “set the bridal bed” at the new home. This is known as An Chuang, and the event takes place between one week and three days before the wedding day. Traditionally, a young boy will also sleep on the bridal bed the eve of the wedding day. This is believed to bring the blessing of fertility to the newlyweds.


For Hakka and Cantonese ceremonial necessities
Items to set up the matrimonial bed:

To place on a big red plate:

  •  Even number of oranges
  •  2 angbaos
  •  1 packet of candy
  •  All items from the Gift Box 礼金
    •  Dried longan
    •  Red date
    •  Lily bulbs
    •  Walnut/ peanut
    •  Lotus seeds
    •  Dried tangerine
    •  Pine tree leaf
    •  Dried melon slice
  •  Fate coins 大缘小缘 (From Dowry: To place at 4 corners of bed, room, cupboards and drawers)
  •  Antique Chinese coin (Insert 2 coins with heads facing angbaos, 1 coin per corner of the mattress, and 1 coin under each pillow)

For Teochew and Hokkien ceremonial necessities
Items to set up the matrimonial bed:

To place on a big red plate:

  •  Even number of oranges
  •  2 angbaos
  •  1 packet of candy
  •  All items from the Gift Box 礼金
    •  Dried longan
    •  Red date
    •  Lily bulbs
    •  Walnut/ peanut
    •  Lotus seeds
    •  Dried tangerine
    •  Pine tree leaf
    •  Dried melon slice
  •  Fate coins 大缘小缘 (From Dowry: To place at 4 corners of bed, room, cupboards and drawers
  •  Antique Chinese coin (Insert 2 coins with heads facing angbaos, 1 coin per corner of the mattress, and 1 coin under each pillow)

* Content provided by House of Etique and compiled by Topphotography

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