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Can I wear a white qipao for my wedding?

With the pandemic restrictions in place, couples are forced to get married in smaller ceremonies rather than holding big banquets. Usually brides choose to wear qipaos during the tea ceremony or the  evening part of the banquet but with those plans postponed (until Covid-19 improves), have you considered wearing a qipao for your civil ceremony?    The traditional color for a bridal qipao is red, as it symbolizes good luck, happiness and prosperity. However, we are seeing more and more brides opting for qipaos in white as a more modern approach. Qipaos in white are absolutely goddess- like, and very photogenic. We can’t wait to share a few styles with you below! What’s best? It can easily be worn again...

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What is Guo Da Li (過大禮)?

Whilst it is fun to begin planning your dream wedding, don't forget the Chinese traditions and rituals that need to be in place too. Guo Da Li is the main ceremony before the wedding - but many of you may ask - what is it? Guo Da Li (過大禮) also known as the betrothal ceremony, which can be held from 2 weeks up to 3 months before the wedding, is when the groom delivers wedding gifts to the bride's family to show his sincerity in marrying their daughter and reassuring them that she will be well taken care of after marriage. The acceptance of the gifts will mean that the proposal is accepted. The custom is for the bride's family to also reciprocate the gesture...

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Qipaos for Mother of the Brides

Many brides and grooms bring their mums to our showroom to get a qipao tailored for their wedding day. Finding a dress is a big deal for them too! The mums, of course, want to look beautiful for the day as they will be photographed plenty, but they are also conscious not to steal the bride's limelight. We know that they do struggle when finding the perfect qipao so we wanted to share some tips. Hope this helps!  1. Don't start looking too late! You should always allow enough time to give yourself to find a dress that you love but also will be comfortable in. Some mothers of the bride/ groom may opt to wear two or three different dresses throughout the day so definitely...

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The Chinese Tea Ceremony Guide

The Chinese tea ceremony is one of the most important parts of a Chinese wedding. It is often done in an intimate setting where couples serve tea as a way to pay respect and show gratitude towards their families, who in turn bless the newlyweds with words of advice and red envelopes ("lai see"/ "hongbao").   So what happens? Well first, the general rule is that the groom is on the right and the bride on the left. The couple kneels on red cushions placed on the floor whilst serving tea to their families, who will be sitting on chairs. When serving tea, it is vital to serve with two hands and bow slightly forward to ensure the recipient does not have to move forward to receive...

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Our Top 5 Favorite Cheongsam Looks Worn by Celebrities

Cheongsams are extremely flattering, elegant and sophisticated, it’s not surprising that many Hollywood celebrities choose to wear the look. Here are five of our favorites – let us know if you agree! 1. Sienna Miller in Prada - We love how Miller wore this Prada runway look at the New York Film Festival in 2016. The turquoise and black feathered sleeves and hem details really bring the cheongsam inspired look to a whole new level. 2. Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad - Taylor Swift looked absolutely stunning in a nude sparkly modern qipao gown at the 2012 Grammy Awards. The daring bare-back look instantly modernizes the Cheongsam look. The cap sleeves look great on her as well. 3. Karolina Kurkova in...

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