Tea plays a significant part in the Chinese wedding ceremony for the Chinese people.
A tea tree cannot be transplanted from another adult tea tree; it only can be grow from a tea seed. Therefore, the Chinese people took tea to symbolize love, loyalty and the expectation of a happy married life.
It is difficult to trace backwhen tea actually became an important item in the Chinese dowries. The earliest written record of tea ceremonies is from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). When the Tang princess Wencheng married the Tibetan emperor, Songtsän Gampo, in 641 AD, tea leaves was part of her dowry items.
During the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), the Chinese tea-ceremony has been an indispensable part of the marriage process. Tea has been one of the essential item in the numerous betrothal gifts that the bride groom give to the bride family, be it weather you are rich or poor. Tea was also served to the guests on the wedding day as a beverage.
Since tea symbolizes people’s wishes for the love, loyal and a happy marriage, it continued to play a part in the institution of marriage during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368 AD), Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD), and Qing (1644–1912 AD) Dynasty.
Till today the tradition of the tea ceremonies at Chinese weddings still remained, and is still highly valued.
The tea ceremony is one of the most significant events at the Chinese wedding. It’s called jing cha in Chinese, literally meaning, ‘to respectfully offer the tea’. It incorporates a very formal introduction of the bride and groom, and expresses respect to their families.
要载种新的茶树不能从另一棵成年茶树接枝。 它只能从茶种子中慢慢的生长出来。 因此，中国人把茶的生长象征着爱情，忠诚和对幸福婚姻生活的期望。
在宋代（公元960-1279年），敬茶仪式一直是婚姻过程中不可或缺的一部分。 茶已成为新郎送给女方家庭的订婚礼品中不可缺少的物品之一，无论你是富贵还是贫穷。 婚礼当天主人还为客人提供茶作为饮料。