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Chinese couples put the children first

'Generation Y' is delaying both marriage and the all-important wedding ceremony

The Chens decided to hold their wedding ceremony three years after officially registering their marriage. (Photo by CK Tan)

In older days in China, the price for participating in a relationship regarded as illegitimate was high -- couples who had children before the traditional wedding ceremony risked being tied up in a bamboo net intended for pigs and submerged in water.

Nowadays, couples who cannot wait to consummate their union risk only potential public disapproval. But increasing numbers are delaying both marriage and the all-important wedding ceremony -- sometimes until after having children.

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