It has been 3 months since my last entry. I hope you get used to the new version of Travel Blog (version 3). I am just back home from a trip to Sài Gòn for attending my sister's wedding. She decided to make only one party in Sài Gòn where she has lived for the last 12 years. There was neither engagement ceremony nor party in Hanoi, so myself, parents and another sister with her family flew to Sài Gòn a few days before the important event.
The wedding party was held on Sunday 15 May at 5-star New World Hotel in Sài Gòn. There were 170 guests, of which 100 people are my sister's colleagues. She is the most successful person in my family. 12 years ago, when she decided to move to live in Sài Gòn, my parents gave her US$100. During the first few years, she faced with many difficulties when living with relatives and changing jobs. Now she is Human Resources Manager of a famous European company. She travels around the world for business and for fun. She also owns a car and an apartment in District 2. We are so happy for her, as she
decided to marry a good man.
I've never been to a wedding party in Sài Gòn, so I was curious how it would be like. In Hanoi, all the food are put onto a table to serve for 6 guests. In Sài Gòn, it's different as the food are served one by one and there are 10 guests sharing a table. At my sister's wedding party, each portion costs US$50 (VND 1 million) and there are 9 dishes including fruits. This is the price at a 5-star hotel. It would be less expensive if the party is held at a normal restaurant.
Another difference is the party in Hanoi often lasts two hours, while the party in Sài Gòn takes longer time (3 and a half hours in case of my sister). The guests came into the hall at 6pm, the ceremony started at 7pm, and dancing in the end. After the MC announced, there was slide show on screens, then a couple of ballet dancers performed. When bride and groom entered the hall, four boys standing at the door broke the balloons and it made sound like firecrackers. After that representatives of the two families joined them
on the stage. My dad also made a speech and he nearly cried. Other than live music and singers, some colleagues of my sister also sang songs and we were amazed at their talents. There was a lot of fun and everyone was so happy.
The newly wed couple enjoyed a free night at the hotel. My parents and another sister stayed in Sài Gòn for a few more days, while I flew to Côn Đảo island. I'll write more about this place in my next blog.
Another blog about Vietnamese wedding: A wedding party in Hanoi
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