(Closed) Asian Brides – How many dress changes?

posted 11 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I didn’t change at all.  But I didn’t have a tea ceremony or an Asian reception.  Well, technically, we had a “marry-thon” the morning of the wedding and I wore running clothes to that.

My sister, on the other hand, has a traditional white wedding dress, a cheong sam, a han bok, and a white evening dress.  No tea ceremony either.  I don’t think she’ll have time to eat!

Post # 4
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I plan on 3:a white dress, a cheongsam and a party dress to dance in.  i have to figure out when to do the tea ceremony or I’ll be changing out of my white dress, into a cheongsam, then again back into to the white dress for first dances and then the cheongsam again for toasting.  then the party dress of course.  I’m hoping not to have to do that!

Post # 5
1020 posts
Bumble bee

i will do 2: wedding gown and change into qi pao for the cake cutting.

Post # 6
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I only did two.  White dress, then changed into Qi Pao for tea ceremony during cocktail hour and then back to my white dress. I can’t imagine changing so many times! two was already a pain!

Post # 7
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ll be the same as TingTing: wear the wedding gown for most of the day and change into the qipao for cake-cutting and the rest of the banquet.

I wasn’t planning to change dresses — was rather fiercely against it, even, since I wanted to wear my wedding gown as much as possible — but we’ll be doing our bridal portraits after everything is through and our session seemed long enough that I thought we could have formal portraits with me in a qipao. Having been persuaded to buy a nice one, it seemed a shame to limit its use only for a photo session.

Post # 8
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m leaning towards wearing a cheongsam for the rehearsal dinner rather than changing on the wedding day. My colors won’t match the tradition red cheongsam plus I wanna wear my wedding dress for as long as possible!

Post # 9
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had the tea ceremony in the morning and wore a kwa. We had the wedding ceremony in the afternoon and I wore my white wedding dress from then through the cocktail hour into the reception. I changed into a qipao for the cake cutting and toasting that was towards the end of dinner. Then I had a party dress for dancing, so a total of 4 dresses.

Up until a month before the wedding, I was a two dress girl (kwa and white dress). I got convinced to wear the qipao and party dress because 1) I didn’t want anything to spill on my white dress during toasting and 2) I couldn’t party in the white gown or qiapo. In the end, I’m glad with my decision…it was great to surprise guests with the dresses!

Post # 10
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi girls, just curious where the multiple dress changes originated from. I can understand the traditional kwa/qi pao, but what about the other 2+ dresses that an asian bride is expected to change into?


Post # 11
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


ill be wearing my wedding dress for most of the day/ceremony… then changing into my hanbok to greet the guests at the reception… then back into my wedding dress… (or perhaps a short white dress if i buy one in the next monht!) lol

Post # 12
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


Depends on what nationality you are.  Most of the girls here, I believe may be chinese and therefore wearing the traditional kwa/qi pao dresses.  A Hanbok dress is a traditional Korean dress.

Im Vietnames and I too will be changing at least 3 or 4 times.  In the morning for my tea ceremony I will be wearing what they call an Ao Dai which is a traditional viet dress.  Then I will change into my wedding dress for church ceremony. Then I will change into another Ao Dai or Ao Sap Sam (which means the same thing for a kwa /qi pao dress) for the meet and greet (i.e. going around all the tables to toast with our guest) Then I will change into another gown (which happens to be another wedding dress) for my cake cutting and first dance. 

Hope that helps! 

Post # 13
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

hi guys, 

i have a traditional english lace dress (first purchase on the spot so am a two dress bride) and now a gorgeous poofy wedding gown. i have a religious ceremony but not a tea ceremony. i’m hoping to put in the qipao somewhere and was thinking i would wear my poofy white dress for the reception then change into the qipao… but is it hard to dance in the qipao? or should i get a short one? also are you guys wearing traditional chinese head dresses?

Post # 14
41 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m going to have 3 dresses total: chinese cheongsam, traditional white wedding gown and a reception dress.

I have to change 4 times though:

1) cheongsam for tea ceremony in the morning

2) wedding gown for the ceremony, formal pics and reception

3) cheongsam for table toasting

4) reception dress for mixin and minglin!

The reason why I need the reception dress is because my white gown is a really tight fitting strapless mermaid dress… I can barely sit and walk in it, so nevermind trying to dance in it! hehhe

Post # 15
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Right now I am not planning on wearing traditional wedding gown, but I possibly will.

1) for tea ceremony in the morning, I will wear ao dai in red which is a Vietnamese traditional dress

2) church ceremony, I will wear my beautiful white gown

3) part of the reception, I will wear my white gown to greet guests then chang into a beautifil evening gown by Oscar De La Renta. It’s a beautiful runway piece and this is the only time I can wear it

4) if we will have an after party, I will be doning my beautiful ivory Lela Rose mini dress

5) shoes to accompany all my dresses are Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.

6) Jewl, will borrow from my sister.

Post # 15
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

bumping. Curious to see recent answers.

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