Monday, December 18, 2006

Wedding Ceremony a Growing Business

Wedding hosts are gaining popularity, and money, in China

Chinese people spend as much as 300 billion yuan (more than $38 billion) every year on wedding ceremonies, which has helped to boost a new business.

Meanwhile, as more and more new couples start to hire professional wedding planners and wedding hosts, wedding planning and hosting has become a booming new occupation in many Chinese cities.

As part of the new trend, a national wedding host competition is to be held in Chengdu, Sichuan on Wednesday. Shi Kangning, an executive for this competition, told Xinhua that over 100,000 wedding hosts now take on wedding stages all over the country.

There are about 10 million new couples tying the knot every year in China, each spends 3000 yuan ($380) for the wedding on average, for things like wedding banquets, jewelries, and wedding photo shooting, Mr. Shi said. He himself is a successful wedding host, and among the earliest who ran their own wedding ceremony companies.

----by Josie Liu

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