6. What were weddings like in China 40 years ago?
The weddings in China 40 years ago were quite different from the ones nowadays. The overall living standard was rather low at that time. Most newly wed couples couldn't even afford to buy many necessary home electrical appliances. Guests came to their new apartment to celebrate and give the couple some gifts or money. There might be a simple ceremony and afterwards all the guests were invited to have dinner together. At night, some guests would play tricks on the bride and bridegroom,which has been a Chinese custom.
7. Do many Chinese have western customs in their weddings?
There're some Chinese wedding ceremonies displaying certain western customs. Many couples value some western customs and regard those as necessary for weddings. I have attended several Chinese weddings. The new couple swore their oath to be faithful and helpful to each other in their life and they had a dancing party after the banquet. With western customs,their wedding seemed somewhat different.