At least 3 weeks before the wedding day, the groom will deliver the betrothal gifts to the bride's family on an auspicious date.
The betrothal 過大禮 also known as 納彩 is an important part of the Chinese wedding tradition.
The bride's parents may include the bride's dowry (嫁妆, jiàzhuāng) with the return gifts on the day of betrothal or deliver the dowry a few days before the wedding
At an auspicious date and time, a woman of good fortune installs the bridal bed in the bridal room. New red or pink bedsheets are used and a plate of dried longans, lotus seeds, red dates & other auspicious items together with 2 red packets are placed on the bed. A pair of bedside lamps 子孙登 is lit to symbolize the addition of sons to the family.