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Hong Kong Wedding Custom part 3 – Kua series

In Singapore and much according to Chinese customs, the bride has to wear a Chinese traditional wedding “kua“. There will be 2 times that she will be wearing. One during the photoshoot and the other on the wedding day when the bride returns home from the groom’s house for the tea-serving ceremony.

My future mother-in-law knew how to see what is a good “kua”. She is very particular about the worksmanship and the design. Her mother (my fiancee’s grandma) used to make “kua” for a living when she was young.

tradition_05.jpgMy mother-in-law was very disappointed with Singapore’s bridal studio’s kua and she rated it as poor.

The kua that my fiancee got looked quite old as it had been worn by many wedding couples in the past. There were some small tears, but the staff reassured us it will be mended. She also said that the holes would be too small to be seen by the camera during the photoshoot. Is this statement supposed to make us feel safe?

Hmmm…we felt insecure and cheated for having sub-standard kua and I felt uneasy as I believed kua is very important for the my fiancee’s custom. But we had no choice because a tailor-made kua can amount to hundred of dollars and we were tight on our budget.

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When I explored on wedding sites of Hong Kong, I really understood what she really meant. What i saw blew me away.

Below are some photos I got from the web site.

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The kuas are remarkably hand-sewed and tailored to the bride’s measurements. Their designs are unique and uncommon, compared to the kuas I see in Singapore.
You can view more on their web site: http://www.koonnamwah.com.hk/qungua.html
Other useful sites: http://www.wing-wah.com.hk/

Learning point: If you are able to choose a few kua designs from the bridal studios, you may want to choose one with the dragon and phoenix designs as it symbolises “double happiness”.


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