For Singaporean Chinese, there is one tradition you should include as part of your wedding, the Tea Ceremony. It is where you’ll be formally introduced to everyone and accepted into your families. The bride and groom will first return to the groom’s family home to pay their respects to his family by serving them tea and addressing them by their formal titles. In return, his family will acknowledge her place in the family and offer them blessings for their happy union. The bride and groom then returns to her home for another tea ceremony to pay respects to her family. But before she does that, she will change into the traditional Chinese wedding dress, either “kua” or “cheongsam”.
Is it important to wear a traditional Chinese wedding dress for tea ceremony? In this day and age, it is no longer a “must” because many couples choose to do their tea ceremony right before or after their solemnization and there may not be enough time for outfit change.
As we are old souls in heart and believe in maintaining traditions, we would still advice the couple to consider donning a traditional outfit for this occasion, not only will it score some brownie points with the elders, it will also be the best time to pay homage to your roots. Besides that, are you not inspired by the beautiful traditional outfits worn by many Asian Celebrities for their recent nuptials?
The question now would it be, Kua or Cheongsam?
A traditional Qun Kua is designed to be worn fairly loose, it is designed to allow extra space in the arms and waistline to maneuver whilst kneeling and reaching out without any difficulties. For this reason,it is recommended that you opt for a size up if you find yourself in between sizes. Apart from that, the Qun Kua sleeves are specifically designed to be ¾ in length, with the purpose of allowing the bride to showcase jewelry, such as gold bangles.
If you don’t fancy the Qun Kua, there is the other option such as the Cheongsam. Tailor-made cheongsams were the epitome of haute couture for Chinese women in the early 1900s. This fitted dress allowed a woman to dress with elegance, grace, and modesty while showing off her figure. There are so many offerings of cheongsam with a modern twist, from incorporating an illusion statement back feature to even having 3-dimensional embroidery or appliqués details. The possibility is endless.
Here are some tips to bear in mind when you are selecting your cheongsam. For the petite and small built, avoid going for a boxy cut and overly long train. For brides who has a larger built, opt for elegant cuts without big contrasting prints/ embellishments. You might also want to get a cheongsam with sleeves.
What if you simply don’t like the traditional dress but want some elements of tradition, then we have the perfect option for you. Why not opt for our peacock lace cape on top of any of our modernist/ minimalist style gowns.
Fashion trends may fade away with the transition of time, but culture and heritage lay the foundation of our roots.
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