Post # 1
hello, has anybody done both a chinese tea ceremony and a first look? how has the timing worked? do you do the first look in your white dress first, then change for the tea ceremony, and then go back to the white dress for the wedding? or if you’ve done the tea ceremony before the first look – does that take away from the first look, or has it worked out okay because you’re changing dresses? thanks!
Post # 3
I would check out Mrs. Hot Wings’ recaps. I’m pretty sure they did their first look after the tea ceremony.
Post # 4
First of all, welcome to WB!!!! Okay, now back to your question. A good friend of mine did the first look in her white dress, changed to her red dress for the tea ceremony, then back into the white dress for the ceremony and dinner, and then into a purple reception dress for dancing. It was crazy but amazing!!!
Post # 5
Hi!I was really torn with the timing of it all as well. And we also did the traditional bridal door game and pick up in my family home!
So what we did was
- bridal pick up at noon (auspicious hour) I was in QiPao because I wanted the first time my husband saw me in my wedding dress to be during the First Look
- go to venue
- change into white wedding dress
- first look
- grand entrance
- plated appetizer served
- then while the stations/dinner were being opened I changed into my QiPao for the Tea Ceremony
It did not take away from the first look or ceremony at all!I think they are all special and beautiful traditions in and of itself and did not take away from any of them.
P.S. Where are you having the tea ceremony? At home or at the venue? For me we traditionally do it at the venue but my SIL’s tradition was at home.
I also toyed with doing it during cocktail hour.
I searched for a reception dress for the longest time! But never found one I really liked. Would have loved to change into another dress after my tea ceremony.
Post # 6
@Gerbera: I think my friend had hers made in Hong Kong on a trip visiting her parents. I couldn’t believe how many dresses she had!!!
Post # 7
ah. SO jealous of girls that get to go back and have a dress tailor made. Would have loved to had my QiPao tailor made. But the quotes I got in Chinatown were $800+!
Traditional Chinese weddings have many outfit changes! My SILs had their pick up Qua, QiPao for tea ceremony, white wedding gown and 2 reception dresses!
Post # 8
thank you so much everyone!
we’ve decided to do what bakerella’s friend did: first look in white dress, change to qi pao for tea ceremony, change back to white dress for photos + wedding.
most of our guests are going to be coming in from out of town, so we are actually doing the first look + tea ceremony at the hotel, and then photos + wedding (obv) at the venue.