(Closed) Traditional Chinese reception dress??

posted 5 years ago in East Asian
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

akliving:  I am also a Chinese bride. I worked with a custom dressmaker (PM if you want the shop) to create a sort of fusion dress to wear for my tea ceremony. It’s the traditional red + mandarin collar but besides that looks like a regular wedding dress.

 

beautifulklutz:  We’re just skipping the first dance with parents. FI’s family is also Chinese, so I think it’s probably a lot of awkwardness saved all around. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My friend who got married in Hong Kong had 4 outfit changes. She wore the kwa for the tea ceremony, a white bridal gown for the wedding ceremony, a purple evening gown for pre-reception photos with guests, the white gown again for reception entrance, and finally a red western style evening gown for the rest of the reception. She wore all her gold jewellery with the red dress and it looked great.

The below dress can be purchased from Amazon (I got it for $60, now it’s $90 but the price fluctuates) and it’s excellent quality. You can always return it if you don’t like it. I wore it for a non-Asian friend’s wedding and now you’ve inspired me to consider changing into it at the end of the reception with my gold jewellery!

Another way to honour your Chinese culture could be to include the double happiness symbol in your decor.

beautifulklutz:  I’m avoiding the first dance too, so awkward!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m in Montreal, Canada, was lucky to find a seamstress who custom made my qipao/cheongsam. It’s lace with two layers of lining underneath. It took a month to make and cost about $700CAD. Even though it was made for my wedding, I’ve already identified gala/function events to wear it again. I’ve attached a photo for reference.

I did the traditional father-daughter dance and it was very special. To reduce the awkwardness, have you considered just dancing for about a minute instead of the entire length of the song? I think your father would like that memory.

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Lapetitemaimai – show me those shoes! Who are you wearing (for shoes)? They look awesome.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

akliving:  whoops my bad my eye skipped to the last bit where you were asking for ideas to incorporate into the reception. how about a traditional chinese toast? i’m from singapore so our traditional wedding toast is the “yam seng” but it would depend on where your family is from. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

nuggetsoflove:  oh my gosh this dress is gorgeous!!

Now I kind of regret not changing into another fabulous gown lol We did our tea ceremony on a separate day so I wore a traditional dress all day. As for the father daughter dance, I was also worried about the awkwardness. I’m glad I have other bees to empathize with as we all know Asians don’t get all touchy lovey dovey. I knew I would regret it if I had not chosen to do it so I ended up picking a song that wasn’t too mushy (billy Joel- lullaby) and had the DJ cut it to about a minute or two. My dad is a big jokester so we ended up having fun with it and wouldn’t have changed anything! I know it’s something my dad will always cherish  

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

beautifulklutz:  Thanks for your kind message. At the tea ceremmony, I wore Jimmy Choo Abel pumps. The next day at the western style wedding, I wore my Chinese gown again and paired it with Christian Louboutin Cora pumps (not as comfortable as Jimmy Choo but better in terms of heel height). Photos attached for reference ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

akliving:  Thank you so much! I completely understand! I was worried about ordering a dress online and only found my Chinese/HK seamstress late in my research so I was not planning on having a custome gown anyway.

Regarding the father-daughter dance, follow your heart! Have a great wedding!

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Lapetitemaimai – ooh la la, I am drooling over your shoes! Nice choice. I just purchased a pair of Manolo’s and can’t wait to see how they will match my dresses – especially the Kwa ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

beautifulklutz:  Oh thank you so much! With Manolo Blahnik, you will have a gorgeous pairing! Can’t wait to see photos once you are ready to post ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2020

khaleesi101014:  Um qipao is not the traditional Chinese wedding dress… 

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