IT was supposed to be a wedding banquet but the bride was missing.
The banquet instead became a party to welcome the new year after the emcee announced that the bride’s parents refused to let go of their daughter.
Incredibly, this twist of fate was caused by a bra.
The banquet took place on Jan 2 in Zunyi, a city in the southwestern Guizhou province of China. The young couple had registered their marriage on Dec 30.
According to local customs, the groom has to clothe his bride from top to toe, including with lingerie and shoes.
When the bride, Luo, tried out her new attire on the eve of her big day, she found that the red bra was two sizes too small.
She telephoned her groom, Yang, and asked him to buy a new one. Since it was already close to midnight, he naturally failed to get a new one.
When Yang and his entourage went to Luo’s house the next morning, they were rejected at the doorstep.
Upon finding out the reason, a small commotion erupted between the two parties with the groom leaving without his bride.
A video with clips from the commotion and wedding banquet circulated like wildfire on Chinese social media.
In one clip, a woman believed to be Luo narrates how she called her mother-in-law to inform her that she could not wear the bra because it was too small.
“She said they would try to get one while suggesting that my side, too, help ask around.
“I have been communicating with his mother all along, but he suddenly called to say he could not get a new one and asked why I couldn’t wear an old one, ” she said.
At the bride-less wedding banquet held on the same day, the Yangs bowed and apologised to the guests.
They announced that they would turn the banquet into a party for the guests to welcome the new year.
The Yangs also returned all the wedding gifts they received.
It was meant to be a happy moment for a young couple ready to start a new life but the moment
it caught the public’s attention, everything went haywire.
Netizens chipped in with their takes on the incident, including accusing the Luos of causing trouble.
Some accused the bride of cheating as she had initially refused to return the dowry of 108,000 yuan (RM68,000), including 20,000 yuan (RM12,600) to buy the new set of clothing.
Netizens contended that they were given the money and the bride’s family did not purchase the outfits.
Luo later explained that it was not about the ill-fitting bra but the negative reaction and attitude of the Yangs in dealing with the problem.
She pointed out that her mother-in-law had thrown a tantrum after she insisted on wearing a new bra on her wedding day.
For many, wearing an old bra on the wedding day is no big deal but to the Luos, breaking the customs was a sign of shaming the family.
The couple met in 2017 but only started dating two years later.
Yang explained that the family had tried their best to get a new bra but it was too late as all the shops were closed.
“We asked our relatives and friends for help. We also went to
the shops to see if any contact numbers of the owners were written there but all our efforts went down the drain, ” he said.
He was frustrated that his family spent the whole night trying to solve the problem but the bride’s family rejected their explanation.
“When I reached their doorstep in the morning, her father demanded that my parents and I go and apologise to them.
“I asked if I could receive the bride and apologise later but they said no, ” he said.
What hurt him most was when he saw his bride in casual clothing and without make-up.
“She had no intention to marry me, ” he said.
The couple have filed for a divorce and can only be officially separated in a month.
Yang initially demanded that Luo pay him 190,000 yuan (RM119,700), including the dowry and wedding banquet expenses.
Last Wednesday, they met to settle the dispute with Luo returning an undisclosed amount of money.
One netizen had this observation to share: “It was not about the undersized bra but their shallow relationship.”
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