(Closed) Anyone planning on wearing a Qipao dress?

posted 10 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I wish I were in the area, but I’m in Oregon! I need to get one but have no idea where to go. Good luck getting others to join in on that deal! (Btw, if you have any ideas of where I can go in Oregon…I would LOVE to hear them) 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oh wow! That is quite a deal! I may stop by this weekend and take a look. I will have to think about it! Does it include a qua? I have a qua already, but if you don’t, you might want both a qi pao and a qua.

Post # 5
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Newbee

From my understanding, a red qipao is usually the traditional wedding "dress" for Chinese/Mandarin, whereas a kwa is usually worn only by Cantonese/Canton Chinese, mainly from Hong Kong.  Chinese from the Mainland will never wear the kwa for their wedding dress.  I’ve never seen a kwa worn by the bride during the evening banquet, but rather only during the morning tea ceremony.  I’ve seen Chinese brides wear the qipao during both the morning tea ceremony and at the evening banquet though.  Personally, I’ll rather only wear the qipao because the kwa is so "heavy" and thick, and wearing it can be a burden as well as sweaty/hot.

Post # 5
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Newbee

I forgot to mention this regarding the qipao and kwa: Qipao is a one-piece dress, while the kwa is a two-piece dress, with a heavily hand-embroidered top and skirt bottom.  You can check out http://www.oriental-cheongsam.com to see the differences between a qipao and kwa if you like!

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am looking for a shop to custom make a qipao for my wedding in Sept. Can someone please share the location of Temple City’s "bridal row"? I am fairly new to California. I have been trying to find a place that would custom make qipaos. My mom would love to get one made for her as well. I am excited to have found this thread.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Jkuo, "bridal row" is on Las Tunas Drive in Temple City – starts around Rosemead Blvd and ends around Baldwin. They are mostly wedding photography studios as well as bridal shops.

The custom qipao store is called Brocade Apparel: (626)287-6239 9417 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780

There is also another store in Rowland Heights for qipaos:

http://vinshopusa.com/chinese/index.htm

8192B Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ms Tofu, thank you so much!!!

Post # 10
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Newbee

I choose qipao because for me it is beautiful, traditional and sexy it show the slim asian figure at its best and it is alwaysappreciated by the guests

here are the ones i chose!

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Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I got my qipao at the same place but already purchased it for my wedding back in July of 2009.  It was definitely worth every penny though because it looked gorgeous for the tea ceremony.

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Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

Hey! I’m not Chinese, but live in China. I’m considering having a(nother) qipao made to wear for my rehearsal & dinner. 🙂

I love the Chinese culture, but I think a lot of our guests would find it bizarre if we included it too heavily in our ceremony/reception, especially since I’m marrying a half Korean man, and we’re not incorporating the Korean culture at all!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@daydreamwanderer – Could you have the qipao for the tea ceremony if you’re having one?  I wore a wedding dress for the day of the wedding and had the qipao for the tea ceremony.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t think we’re doing a tea ceremony… I tried feeling my parents out about it and they seemed confused. Unforunately they’re pretty basic uncultured white people, haha. I’m not sure how J’s parents would feel about it either. I guess I could insist, but … I’m not much of one to insist over much.

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