(Closed) Traditional Chinese reception dress??

posted 5 years ago in East Asian
Post # 2
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Bump! And also commenting to follow, Fiance is Taiwanese and has suggested I wear a traditional Chinese dress for our reception but being Caucasian I’d like to see some options/get some ideas of a dress that’s not TOO traditional but still resembles the qipao. 

Post # 3
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638 posts
Busy bee

I am Chinese too, and I also think a dance will be soo awkward! At a Chinese reception, at least a traditional one, bride and groom sits with immediate family. So you give a personal toast of thankyou would be nice. Also, see if there are any areas where you can rent a qipao. Most Asian brides don’t buy their dresses since a traditional reception usually has 3 changes of clothes. Most Chinese brides will rent their dresses. Over here in San Francisco, I believe its about ~$200.  

Post # 4
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you receive Chinese gold jewellery you could wear it with your red dress to Asian it up. There are also gorgeous dresses on Etsy that have a cheongsam collar but are made of red lace and have a train. They will custom make to your measurements too. I ended up ordering a kwa online and it was a perfect fit, and only $75 WITH matching shoes! I was worried like you, but followed their size chart and couldn’t be happier.

Post # 6
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

akliving:  I ordered from TaoBao, from a top seller that had thousands of reviews and customer photos of the dress.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

My husband is not Chinese but wanted me to wear one So I changed into it 1.5 hours before the reception ended. This was my dress sorry it’s a bit blurry but the only one I have since it was taken by a guest. If there’s a Chinatown around you I suggest looking there. My dress also had a slit on both sides.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

akliving:  I meant to add that although my kwa is ultra traditional and you’re not looking for that, the quality and sizing was excellent/accurate. I think if you use a trusted seller, you will be ok. My plan was to order slightly large and then fix any problem areas with a local tailor.

I originally wanted something like the below:

Post # 9
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144 posts
Blushing bee

I am chinese but Fiance is not, but I still wanted to do something that honors my culture. We ended up deciding on a simple tea ceremony for both our parents.

I live in the midwest and lack accessibility to a good size chinatown so I decided to order online from cozyladywear.com instead. I just placed the order last night so I don’t have any feedback on the qipao yet, but their customer service was pretty good as I had emailed them for advice on which qipao to pick prior to placing an order.

What about a short red qipao-esque dress for you? What kind of red reception dress do you currently have in mind?

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Piedmont Community Church

Do you have any family who can order and ship to you? My fiance is Chinese and his Aunt bought my kwa (photo below) and a cheongsam (it’s very similar to the phone photoed above. I sent her my measurements and the kwa fits perfectly. The cheongsam arrives this week or next from HK and hopefully it fits as well. 

Post # 11
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61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I too am curious to hear how others are dealing (or have dealt) with the “first dance” topic. As a Chinese woman who’s marrying a WASP, I’m not fond of the idea of dancing with my dad as it’s rather awkard. However, the FI’s mom already picked out a song for her dance with the Fiance, and I don’t want to break her heart to say: We’re not doing any first dance activities.

As for the traditional Chinese wedding dress… for what it’s worth, the traditional “kwa” is actualy quite comfortable and very forgiving. I tried a bunch on at a rental place, and decided to opt out from renting ($150 USD here in the east coast for 24 hrs), problem is: THEY SMELLED BAD. Instead, I purcahsed a set from China (shopped online) for $70 USD.

Anyway, depending on when your wedding is, I would consider giving online shopping a try – especially since you live in such a remort part of the world. If it doesn’t work out, you can return, exchange, etc.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

chinese singaporean here! how about doing a tea ceremony? i think traditional grandparents would love that. i wore a cheongsam for that, bought it in a store that specialised in it here and got it altered to fit. 

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