By Jiawei Liu
Zong Guo, boss of Chonqing-based Fuxing Doors Industry Group threw his son a five million yuan wedding on Saturday, the “most expensive wedding in Chongqing’s history” according to local media.
The wedding was held at a upscale hotel, and each table cost around 10,000 yuan. Several famous entertainers, including singers Wu Qixian, Jiang Yuheng, and Hao Ge, were hired for the wedding show. The cars which formed the wedding convoy, including Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Ferraris and Porsches, were worth at least 60 million yuan.
According to the South China Morning Post:
Zeng told reporters the wedding was a gift for his son because he was never really able to spend time with him, having sent him away to study at a young age. However, he admitted the million-dollar bonanza also doubled as a corporate event.
“At first I was aiming to keep extravagance and waste to a minimum. But then I decided to combine the wedding with a corporate promotion event,” he said. “[The banquet] allows me to kill two birds with one stone…I feel the money has been well spent.”
Holding lavish and expensive weddings is becoming more common in China.
According to the GBTIMES:
About ten million people get married annually in China, and they spend an astonishing 250 billion yuan (about 25 billion euros) in the process. No wonder one-stop wedding shops are popping up everywhere! Love may not cost a thing, but a wedding sure does.
In Beijing, the average cost of a wedding is about 80,000 yuan (about 8,000 euros) and that doesn’t include the cost of the ring, the clothes, trips and wedding-day pictures. Such a far-cry from the weddings three decades ago, when couples were happy to have just one wedding picture and share a simple meal with their friends.
In China, if you don’t have enough savings to afford a lavish wedding, do you dare propose to a girl? Are extravagant marriage ceremonies the new apartments for China’s lonely bachelors?