(Closed) When to change into qi pao / second dress?

posted 7 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had my wedding gown on the first hour of our reception, then I changed into my cultural wedding dress for the next two hours for the traditional tea ceremony where I had to go table to table to serve tea to the guests.  Afterwards, I changed back into my wedding gown to cut the cake, do first dance, throw the bouquet, and danced the night away. 


I think changing in the middle is best, it really depends on what you have planned.  If you have something culturally planned during your reception, I think it will be ideal for you change into your qi pao.  If you want to do the cake cutting, first dance, etc… in your white gown, then wear your qi pao before you do those things. 

Good luck!



Post # 4
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@HelloKittyEsq: I have the same problem! Thanks for posting this thread.  I know I want to enter and leave the reception in my white gown, but I, too, also can’t quite figure out where the qi pao is going to fit! 🙂

@legatorain: Thanks for the suggestion!  Glad it worked out well for you!

Post # 5
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My cousin changed after the cake cutting if that helps.  I was thinking of changing after my first dance.  Maybe before the father daughter dance?  I am so clueless on this too!  But I want the pics of my first dance with my white dress.  My cousin also told me to get pics in her chinese dress she had a “last dance” at the end.  

Another idea is to wear it to the rehearsal dinner and wear your white dress all night! 

Post # 7
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@HelloKittyEsq: I just wanted to add my 2 cents to this in case you haven’t decided yet! I’m Chinese and my Darling Husband is 3/4 Vietnamese and 1/4 Chinese. While I had a qi pao made, I actually ended up wearing the traditional Vietnamese dress (ao dai) instead. It was WAY more comfortable than the qi pao. Anyways, I changed from my white dress into my ao dai right before dinner and wore it through the speeches and our shoe game. Then I changed back into the white dress for the cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, and first dance and wore it for the rest of the night. That way, I got good use out of both and was able to get photos in both dresses. Hope this helps!

Post # 9
19 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m wearing my qipao during the tea ceremony before the wedding ceremony.. and I’m gonna change into it again in the reception near the end for that toast with every table and seeing guests off..

Post # 10
3 posts

I plan to wear my white dress to the ceremony (church), then we plan to have the tea ceremony afterwards at the reception hall.  I will wear the qi pao for the tea ceremony and wear it for the remainder of cocktail hour, so the guests can see us in our outfits (FI thinking about wearing a chinese outfit also). 

I will then change back to my white dress before they announce us to enter the ballroom, and stay in it for the rest of the night.

Would it be too much to have a 2nd white (cheaper) dress for dancing at the end?


I think you should do your dress changes however is more convenient for your schedule of events and what you want to wear for certain pictures.

Post # 11
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my sister in law wore it for her tea ceremony then changed into her white wedding dress for he regular ceremony, and then changed back into it during dinner and the lion dance, and finally changed into a different white wedding dress for the rest of the reception.

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