A Chinese couple has set the record with a two-minute long wedding attended by only six people, all wearing masks the entire time.
Zhang Long and Chen Xiao from eastern China’s Shandong Province held a special wedding last Thursday in the bridegroom’s courtyard, with the bride’s father as the host and her mother as the photographer.
Answering the government call for staying at home and avoiding crowds amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, many Chinese couples have chosen to postpone weddings, but Zhang and Chen agreed to press on with their schedule but scrapped all the festive trappings.
“We’re in a critical time of epidemic prevention and control, so we decided not to invite guests or hold a banquet,” said Zhang, the bridegroom. “After all, a wedding is just a ceremony, and the most important thing is our happiness.”
The Chinese couple, Zhang Long and Chen Xiao at the very short wedding ceremony
On the day of the wedding, Zhang, wearing a mask, followed the custom to drive to the bride’s house in Licha Town, the city of Qingdao.
There, in a romantic ritual, he lifted the bride’s red veil to see a mask on her face. “Because of the mask, I didn’t even know the colour of the lipstick she was wearing,” the bridegroom recalled.
Presided by the bride’s father, the wedding lasted no longer than two minutes.
“My father in law spoke very quickly. Bow to heaven and earth, bow to parents, bow to each other, and the wedding was over. We didn’t even have the chance to say our wedding vows,” Zhang said.
Before the novel coronavirus swept the nation, Zhang’s plan was to have a typical Chinese wedding complete with all the pompous rituals.