(Closed) For those of you with a reception dress, how did you…

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I will be wearing a qipao too and I’m planning to do it for the cake cutting part. I would like to change back into my white dress for the garter, grand exit, etc. Most Chinese brides will change mid-way into the reception (or near the end) and usually not at the beginning. Your idea sounds fine though, but I would try to cut down the time alloted to take pictures so your guests aren’t waiting too long. Good luck!

Post # 4
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i changed at 10 pm , i have kids so when i took one of them upstairs in hotel to get something o cant even remember why we went to the room i changed into a shorter dress and was out for 55 minutes, i called it a night at 11pm when all three of my children were finally crashing. so the groom and grooms men stay up til the end while guests were leaving.

Post # 5
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you will find it extremely hard to find time to change twice. I had a reception dress but wore it only after all the formal stuff (cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter) were done, and not even right away. I changed maybe 45min-1hr before the end of the reception, and it was hard to get a moment to do even that! You truly won’t have 20 min to change, it will be like 5 min. I had someone come to help me out of my dress, went to the bathroom and changed while choking down a piece of cake in less than 5 minutes.

Post # 6
228 posts
Helper bee

Why don’t you wear the qipao for the rehearsal dinner?

Post # 8
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What time is your wedding?  I went to a friends where she did a chinese tea ceremony.  She wore the traditional chinese dress and did the tea ceremony before the wedding.  It was her and her Fiance, his parents, her parents and I think a grandmother there.  They had the photographer take some pictures of them all with her in the qipao, and then she went back up to her room.  She changed into her wedding gown and everyone headed to the church for the ceremony.  (She had done hair and makeup before the tea ceremony).  She stayed in the wedding dress for the ceremony and reception.  It made more sense to her to use the qipao with the chinese tea ceremony, then to change midway through the day “just because”.  It also gave them all a special moment together before the ceremony, and her groom still got to see her in the “wedding gown” for the first time when she came down the aisle.  Maybe this would be a possibliity.

Post # 10
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I changed immediately after our first dance.  I was so glad to change, I couldn’t dance a bit in my dress.  It took me about two minutes to strip out of the dress and throw on the other and I did it in the bathroom at the reception.

Post # 11
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did it no problem I wore wedding dress for reception from beginning (7pm to about 10pm) and changed into my red dress for the father daughter dance. If people are freaking out I am gone for at most 15mins I couldn’t have cared less.

I have NO regrets wearing my gorgeous chinese dress!

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