Wedding and engagement gifts arrive in wheelbarrows
Quang (in red shirt) and his family deliver engagement gifts to his bride’s home in wheelbarrows on October 7, 2023. Photo courtesy of Quang Win
Quang and his wife Tran Hai Yen, 23, hail from the same village in Thai Binh. Their homes are located 500 meters away. Quang came up with the idea of using wheelbarrows to deliver his engagement gifts instead of letting his relatives and friends carry them on foot.
“The gifts are heavy, so my relatives and friends will have to work hard to carry them as they walk,” Quang said.
Quang did not reveal his idea to Lin or her family. His mother was initially concerned that using the wheelbarrows might make the Yin family uncomfortable because it deviated from familiar traditional rituals. But he eventually succeeded in convincing her to participate.
I was influenced by a historically more traditional set of “face-saving” societal quagmires, and spoke to him with just one sentence: “You’ve got to be sure you set up your barrows carefully, to avoid getting complained about.”
Quang rented seven new barrows two days before his engagement party, painted them red, installed fake “lucky number plates,” and attached support trays to hold the gifts.
“The entire trip was smooth and it was easy to avoid unexpected accidents using the wheelbarrows,” said a member of the engagement party.
Kwang Win (in red) pose with a wheelbarrow during their engagement ceremony on October 7, 2023. Photo courtesy of Kwang Win
The ‘wheelbarrow team’ video was an instant hit on social media among young people, attracting likes, follows and a host of positive comments below the post.
“This is a good and practical idea,” wrote a netizen named Huang An. “Delivering gifts by wheelbarrow is safe and fun. I wish you both a happy marriage.”
Kuang said he was surprised when his engagement party with Yin received so much attention. He claimed that he did not implement the idea of fame or hypocrisy. Instead, he just wanted to support his family’s gift party and spread the joy of his big day to others.
Yin and her family said they appreciated Quang’s idea, although they were surprised at first.
“I have seen others welcoming the bride to weddings with unusual vehicles such as sewing machines, bullock carts or boats,” Yin said. “But I didn’t expect that to happen at my engagement party.”