Vietnamese dating traditions
An engagement ceremony usually occurs half a year or so before the wedding.
In the past, most marriages were arranged by the parents or extended family, and while children were sometimes consulted, it was nearly always the parents' final decision.
It was not unusual for the bride and groom to meet for the first time at the day of their engagement.
Preparation for the traditional Vietnamese wedding begins with choosing a date and time for the marriage ceremony.
This is decided by a Buddhist monk, Spiritual leader, or fortune teller due to the spiritual nature of the occasion.
This tradition may change if the family is Catholic.
While traditional clothes of Vietnam have always been very diverse depending on the era and occasion, after the Nguyễn Dynasty women began to wear elaborate Áo dài for their weddings.
These dresses were modeled after the Áo mệnh phụ (royal Áo dài) of Nguyễn Dynasty court ladies.