Ancient dating practices
The Chinese zodiac would be surely taken into consideration.
Presenting Betrothal Gifts: if the match was predicted to be auspicious, the matchmaker would take gifts to the girl's parents and tell them that the process could continue.
Before this day the bride's dowry would have been sent to the boy's house.
The dowry represented her social status and wealth, and would be displayed at the boy's house.
Conditions that should be taken into consideration included wealth and social status.
Prolific gifts were presented again to the girl's family, symbolizing respect and kindness towards the girl's family as well as the capability of providing a good life for the girl.It was the custom that the first time matchmaker went as a guest they could not be served tea in order not to 'lighten the marriage'.