Taiwan wedding dress: Traditional and Contemporary taiwan wedding dress

Traditional Chinese Wedding Dress, Culture, Cloth in different Dynasty

Different with western wedding attire, China has her own special wedding attire. Generally speaking, Chinese wedding dress is basically around theme of good luck and happiness. Dragon, phoenix, red and golden colors are thought to bring good luck and happiness, hence they are indispensable elements in Chinese wedding dressing and decoration. Besides, other stuffs of Chinese wedding dress are with strong Chinese characteristics.


Colors & Elements of Chinese Wedding Dressing & Decoration Settings

The main color of Chinese wedding dress & decoration settings is bright red, the traditional and sacred color.  As you may know red is the most favored color by Chinese as it represents happiness, vigor, life and bright delighted mood in Chinese culture. To be used in Chinese weddings, red is also considered as a symbol of good fortune that drive evil spirits away. This is different than that in the west where the wedding color is dominated by pure white and black. The traditional Chinese wedding dress in northern Chinese usually is one piece frock named Qipao(旗袍), which is red mainly and embroidered with elaborate gold and silver design. Brides in Southern China prefer to wear two-piece dress named Qungua or QunKwa(裙褂), as they are otfen elaborately adorned with gold dragon and phoenix,so they are often called longfeng gua(龙凤褂) namely dragon phoenix coat in mordern China.

(chinese wedding dress qipao & longfeng gua)

 

Longfenggua (龙凤褂) is quite popular among Chinese couples these days.  It’s an indispensible Chinese wedding dress in China. Patterned with dragon and phoenix, the Longfenggua is endowed with their auspicious meaning. Besides dragon and phoenix, five embroidered bats, with the meaning of five blessing arrival, also appear in Longfenggua. The longfenggua is more simplified than the above three Chinese wedding dresss, and it can show women’s curvaceous shape. In modern China, when Chinese new couples take Chinese style wedding pictures, they prefer fengguanxiapei, but when they drink a toast to guests, they prefer Longfenggua.

(Longfeng gua 龙凤褂)


(Chinese wedding color & decoration settings)

What’s a whole set of Traditional Chinese Wedding dress inlcude?

Covering Veil

 

Covering veil of Chinese bride is a piece of square-shaped red color silk which is usually embroidered with designed peony or phoenix patterns. The meaning behind this tradition is that people believe a red covering veil can drive away the unauspicous things and also covers the nervious flushing face of the bride. During the traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, the bride is handed by her groom. Her head should be covered by a red veil which is falling down to her shoulder for whole ceremony. The covering veil is not taken off until all the relatives and friends have left. It is the groom’s privilege to take off her covering veil. Traditionally, the groom should take off her veil using a small steelyard,this is meaning the groom could make his bride listen to his opniion willingly. Imagine the special and sweet moment when the groom takes the veil off and see a blush and excited face with the timid candlelight while they sit on the edge of new bed. The bride covering veil is connected with the special occasion the lovers are eager for their life.


(Chinese wedding covering veil)

 

Chinese Phoenix Coronets

 

Chinese Phoenix Coronet——凤冠 , namely means phoenix crown in Chinese, is the most honorable ornaments for ancient women. Phoenix coronets have been an important part of Chinese wedding attire since Ming dynasty. This wedding attire is considered as the most classic and representative one among all Chinese wedding dress. Though wearing western gown and black suits is popular in China today, many couples will choose to wear traditional Chinese wedding dresses as a second suit  in completing the wedding ceremony on their wedding reception as well.  Apart from being a tradition, the exquisite beauty of phoenix coronets is the main reason that attracts brides to wear it for the most beautiful and honorable moment in their lives.

Phoenix coronets were first started in Ming Dynasty in ancient China. At that time, phoenix coronet and robe of rank —— 凤冠霞帔 (Chinese pinyin: feng-guan-xia-pei)  were the proper wedding dress for bride. At frist, phoenix coronet and robe of rank were designed especially for queens during Ming dynasty. Phoenix coronet was a crown for queen to wear in attending important occasions such as receiving nobility titles given by the royal family, meeting envoys or holding royal family receptions. And robes of ranks were together in the whole suit, showing queens status and power. Later the folks took this as a fashion tradition when brides got married during Ming and Qin Dynasties. But, unlike the queen’s priceless crown which was made by highly-skilled masters using diamonds and pearls, the phoenix coronets for ordinary people were made of colorful decorations or jade if one was rich. Dragon and phoenix patterns were restrictively forbidden on folks phoenix coronets at that time. Today, brides can purchase all types of phoenix coronets on Taobao(sort of Chinese version of E-bay) at a price of 50 to more than 1000 CNY.

 

(Chinese phoneix coronet and robe of rank for queen in Ming dynasty)


 

Traditional Chinese Wedding Shoes

 

During the wedding ceremony, the bride usually wears a special pair of wedding shoes. Traditionally, in Southern Fujian Province, the bride has to wear a pair of shoes embroidered with patterns of a turtle or a deer, which symbolizes blessing, happiness and longevity after marriage. In southern Zhejiang Province, the bride has to wear a pair of shoes named Shang Jiao Xie (shoes worn while stepping into the sedan chair) before getting into the sedan is for the sake of praying for auspiciousness. Either the bride or others can make the wedding shoes. These kinds of shoes are made with red and green cloth and usually with a soft sole. When a bride is going to step into the sedan chair, she is supposed to wear these shoes. In some places, relatives who make such shoes for bride can receive good fortune, while in other areas, they are made by the bride and another single girl in the morning of the wedding day.

(Chinese wedding shoes)


Chinese Wedding Dress in History

Along the thousands years of long history of ancient China, the style of Chinese wedding dress is different in different dynasties. There were three main Chinese wedding dresses in history China.

In Zhou dynasty, they were 爵弁玄端 (pinyin: jue bian xuan duan) for groom and 纯衣纁袡 (pinyin: chun yi xun ran) for bride;

In Tang dynasty, they were 梁冠礼服 (pinyin: liangguanlifu) for groom and 钗钿礼衣 (pinyin: chai dian li fu) for bride;

In Ming dynasty , they were 九品官服 (pinyin: jiu pin guan fu) for groom and 凤冠霞帔 (pinyin: feng-guan-xia-pei) or called Chinese phoenix coronets and robes of rank.

Chinese Wedding Dress in Zhou Dynasty (1046BC——256BC)

The characteristic of the Chinese wedding dress in Zhou dynasty is modesty and solemn. The color is different from that of later ages. Black and light red is the main color in Zhou dynasty, while that of later ages is bright red. The bridegroom wears juebian-the hat on the bridegroom’s head, and xuanduan-the dressing has two layers, white is for underwear, black and light red is for outwear. Bride wears xunran, which includes a light red underwear and a black outwear. Besides, the bride has to bound the hair up with a 50cm hair band and a 25cm hairpin.


(Chinese wedding dress in Zhou dynasty)

Chinese Wedding Dress in Tang Dynasty (618——907)

Chinese wedding dress in Tang dynasty combines solemnity of Zhou dynasty and the joy of later ages. The bridegroom wears red dress while the bride wears green dress. Based on long sleeve dressing with flower hairpin, the chaidianlifu is developed in late Tang dynasty. The characteristic of the attire is with many layers and long sleeves. Kimono in Japan is developed from this wedding attire. Wearing this wedding attire, the bride has to match with a hairpin made of metals and jewels. After Tang dynasty, the sophisticated chaidianlifu is simplified.


(Chinese wedding dress in Tang Dynasty)

As we all known, the more sophisticated thing is, the less aesthetic feeling people have. So how does the wedding attire combine so much sophisticated things to gorgeous art? What is classic about the wedding attire in Tang dynasty is its collar and long sleeves. Although matching with a set of hairpins and hair ornaments, the wedding attire in Tang dynasty has never ever brought cumbersome feeling. With time pass by, bride’s green dress has been updated to bright red dress.

Chinese Wedding Dress in Ming Dynasty (1368——1644)

From Ming dynasty to modern China, taking wife is a small civil examination for Chinese men, so the wedding attire for bridegroom is the ninth-rank officer’s costume ( 九品官服,Chinese pinyin: jiu pin guan fu), and phoenix coronet and robes of rank (凤冠霞帔, Chinese pinyin:feng guan xia pei) is for bride. Fengguan is the most honorable ornaments for ancient women. Fengguanxiapei has been wedding attire since Ming dynasty. Bride’s fengguanxiapei includes phoenix coronet, red veil, red gown, descendent bag, red dress, and red shoes and so on. This wedding attire is regarded as the most classic and representative one among all Chinese wedding dress. Most Chinese couple today will choose at least two styles when they take wedding pictures, one is western wedding attire, the other is Chinese wedding dress for its exquisite beauty.


(Chinese wedding dress in Ming Dynasty)

Phoenix Coronet for Empress Dowager Xiaojing, Ming Dynasty, Wanli Era(1573-1620). Unearthed from Dingling Mausoleum at Changping, Beijing, 1957. Empress Dowager was a favoered concubine of Wanli Emperor (r 1573-1620) and grandmother to the Tianqi Emperor (r 1620-1627).

A Celebration of Taiwanese and American Traditions

Like true Southern California natives, Jimmy and Sara met as students at the University of (you guessed it) Southern California.

THE BRIDE Sara Hsu, 27, student
THE GROOM Jimmy Chang, 28, student
THE DATE November 30
THE SCENE A ceremony in Taiwan for their family, and another overlooking the ocean in California

COLLEGE SWEETHEARTS She was a freshman; he was a sophomore. After years of dating, the couple became engaged while on a getaway to New York City — although Jimmy hid his intentions under the guise of it being a business trip.

TWO WEDDINGS Back at home, the Taiwanese-American couple knew that planning a wedding would be a big undertaking — they had family all over the world. So Sara and Jimmy decided to hold two weddings. One was in Taiwan, where much of their family still lives. “It was a large celebration,” says Sara. “There were close to 1,000 people.” In contrast, just 64 close friends and family attended the second, more intimate, wedding at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara — with about 70 percent of these guests flying in from all over the world.

AUTUMN BEAUTY Sara chose a seasonally inspired palette for the second celebration. “I knew I wanted really rich fall colors,” she says. “I wanted the design to reflect the season and to be romantically rustic.” She allowed her florist to turn the wedding into an autumnal wonderland. For the ceremony, both the aisle and bamboo canopy were dressed with bittersweets, leaves, and acorns. The warm, inviting atmosphere was extended to the reception. Square dinner tables were draped with olive and gold tablecloths and set with copper plates. The centerpieces were made of large wooden boxes filled with dark roses, pomegranates, bittersweets, and green orchids. Sofas and ottomans were brought in to create a lounge-like area for folks to mingle and sip drinks (though it was fall, the signature cocktail of the evening was distinctively summery — mojitos, made with lime juice, rum, and mint).

MEANINGFUL DETAILS The couple enlisted friends and family to make the day particularly special. One talented friend designed the invitations — a modern and elegant piece in red and white, representing the traditional colors used for both American and Chinese cultures. Another friend was ordained especially for the occasion so that he could conduct the ceremony, which was held at sunset on a lawn overlooking the ocean. Toasting was a free-for-all, with everyone from middle school friends to fathers cheering on the couple. “I was crying and laughing the whole time,” says Sara. The couple also turned to local businesses — all of the wine served at the event came from a local Santa Barbara winery, Blackjack Ranch, so all of the out-of-town guests could fully experience the region’s offerings.

TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS While Sara donned a gorgeous gown by Reva Mivasagar for the affair, she wanted to respect her Taiwanese customs too — but in her own way. Since it’s a tradition for Chinese brides to change a few times throughout the wedding, Sara was prepared — she purchased one Richard Tyler and two Badgley Mischka gowns to slip into. “But I was having so much fun that I refused to leave to change and miss out on things,” she says.

— Joanna Saltz
Photography © Red Loft Studios

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Taiwan Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

One gorgeous couple, one film critic-worthy wedding trailer by Jose Ortiz Films and two breathtaking wedding celebrations will set up our Friday for wedding-obsessing success. Did I mention this film was epic? Because it is – it’s install a stereo system in your office good (if you know how to do handy things like that…). New York sets the scene for their first ceremony and then this worldly couple heads to Taipei (along with their trusty videographer, Jose Ortiz) to celebrate there as well. You are in for a treat this Friday morning – so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

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From the Bride… We married on 09/10/11 in NYC and had another reception on 11/11/11 in Taipei, Taiwan for family and friends who weren’t be able to come to New York to celebrate with us. We wanted our wedding to be a blend of everyone and everything we love from New York and Taiwan, and of course, to ensure everyone would have a great time. We fell in love with The Foundry, a metal foundry in the 19th century, as soon as we saw it on their website because of its old brick walls and beautiful ivy. The space aligned perfectly with our vision: historic yet contemporary, industrial yet organic, urban yet romantic, simple yet glamorous. It was the ideal venue for what we had in mind. We selected our colors: purple, lilac, gray, gold and bronze. This color scheme was infused through everything used in the event. We wanted to put as much effort as we could to make this event special, so we designed all our invitations, programs, menus, photo booth logos and favors by ourselves with a drawing of Brooklyn Bridge as our wedding logo on them. I also made all the wreaths for the flower girls. We knew we wanted some special details in the space to make it unique, so we asked the florist to create a structural yet organic piece using drift wood and flowers to hang in the main space, and we used fresh leaves as escort carts. We also used drawings of landmarks in NYC instead of table numbers. We picked ghost chairs to give the space a modern vibe while incorporating drift wood into the centerpieces to give a soft and organic feel. Our favors in New York were candles with different traditional Chinese symbols to represent our roots.

For our second reception venue in Taiwan, we fell in love with the ballroom in the Palais de Chine Hotel. With the neo-classical design concept, the ballroom has copper draping ceiling with 18 chandeliers. For colors, we used royal purple as the main hue and mixed with the deep blue and red of Taiwan. Everything was very classic and glamorous.

The most amazing and fun experience was with our cinematographer, Mr. Jose Ortiz, who flew all the way to Asia to shoot our reception in Taiwan. We went to different places that represent Taiwan for shooting the day before the event. It was raining, but we all had a good time. Through the lenses, Jose can see the world differently in an artistic way. The best part was Jose not only edited all the images from our wedding day in New York and the shooting we did in Taiwan, but also did a same day edit video using images from our Taiwan reception to make a trailer! All of our guests were wowed by the trailer and asked for more! We were very glad to have this special experience working with Jose in two different countries. We had many people coming from all over the world in both events to celebrate with us. With the loving support of our family and friends, our wedding was a magical experience!

NYC Vendors — Cinematography: Jose Ortiz Films / Wedding Photography: Xavier Munguia Photography / Floral Design: Petal Design Studio / Venue: The Foundry / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Dior / Groom’s Tuxedo: Gucci / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Wedding Cake: Black Hound New York / Caterer: Thomas Preti / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. + Taylor Creative Inc. / Photo Booth: IncrediBooths

Taiwan Vendors — Wedding Cinematography: Jose Ortiz Films / Wedding Photography: Oscarshoots / Floral Design: CN Flower / Venue: Palais de Chine Hotel / Reception Dresses: Tadashi Shoji + LinLi / Wedding Favors: Baggu

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Globalizing beauty and romance in Taiwan’s bridal industry

Mona, a sophomore at Yarmouk University in Jordan, spends about 15 hours per week chatting online at the internet cafés that surround the university campus.1 She has many male friends online. At the same time, she is known among her classmates as a religious Muslim; she wears “modern Islamic dress,” combining a fashionable, patterned headscarf with a matching modest smock, and never talks unnecessarily with her male classmates. One day, she logged in at a popular café called Rishrush, and signed onto her favorite channel, ” Jordan.”2 Since she hadn’t previously planned to visit the internet café at this time, she hadn’t arranged to “meet” anyone in the chatroom. There were over 100 people on the channel on that day; Mona scanned their screen names, looking for friends. Many of the names were in English. Some amusing ones, such as “I_need_a_wife,” caught her eye, but none of her friends were there. Mona didn’t pick anyone to chat with right away, but soon several users were hailing her. On ” Jordan,” as on all of the channels which are popular in Irbid, conversation doesn’t take place in the main chatroom. Rather, users communicate with each other one-on-one—though they often carry on five or more private conversations simultaneously. Mona responded first to a user named “Romeo,” because she liked the sound of his “nick.” They wrote to each other in the standardized Romanization of colloquial Arabic that has grown up in chatrooms and through mobile text messaging.3 As is conventional, he started by asking for her “asl.” This term, which sounds like the Arabic word for “origin,” was coined in English language chatrooms as shorthand for “age, sex, location.” In Jordan, chatters identify themselves instead by listing their age, sex, and national origin. Mona told Romeo that she was 19, female, and Palestinian; he responded that he was 23, male, and Jordanian.
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“Do you see the girl sitting next to you?”
Mona forgot that she had denied her identity. “That can’t be you. She’s a girl!”
“I’m the guy next to her.”
Mona turned very slightly to the left, trying to look as subtly as possible. She saw a Malaysian man. “He can’t be you. He isn’t Arab!”
“What’s wrong? You don’t like my face? It’s true, I look Malaysian.”
“I like it, but I still think it isn’t you.”
“OK, I told you who I am—so which one are you?” Romeo insisted.
Mona picked a boy. “I’m the one in the red shirt, across from you.”
“That’s me!” said Romeo, and proved it by making a small movement with his hand.
Romeo and Mona continued to chat online for another hour, before he told her that he had to go. Each of them unsmilingly raised one hand in parting as he left.
Since the late nineteenth century, Middle Eastern women have steadily increased their presence in “public” spaces, such as the street, the university, the market, the office, and the mosque (Macleod 1993, Arat 1997, Asfaruddin 1999, Massad 2001, Thompson 2000, Newcomb 2006). While modernization projects throughout the region have relied upon them to do just that, concerns of honor and respectability have nevertheless haunted their efforts. Specifically, many local observers have feared that women in public space would form sexual or love relationships outside of the bounds of conventional courtship and marriage.
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Taiwan Wedding Photography with Naza Review

Wedding photography is a big business. Bridal studios know that a wedding is a major lifetime event for every couple, and they know you will take this one chance to spend to make it a memorable event.

In Singapore, you see an influx of foreign bridal studios exhibiting in wedding shows here, or setting up road shows in popular shopping centres. It?s the same for us. Back in 2013, both of us were walking around in Bugis Junction when we were approached by a sales staff of a taiwan bridal studio.

That year, i just returned from a 14-day Taiwan trip with my friends, so I had fresh memories of my recent trip there. Hence, when the sales person shared that I can have my pre wedding photos taken there, I don?t mind checking them out!

Long story short, we signed a basic package of S$999 by putting down a S$50 deposit that day. We can use this package within 5 years.

3rd week of April 2015, we visited Taiwan for our shoot, and at the time of this writing, we have completed the shoot, selected all the photos, and just waiting for our photo album to be delivered back to Singapore. The final cost is expected to be near S$4000.

We know that overseas wedding photography is becoming popular in Singapore, and more Singaporean couples (like us) are toying the idea of going overseas to do the shoot. However, there?s a big gap.

When we first signed the package in 2013, we also went around to do our research on overseas wedding shoot. We went to read wedding forums and blogs. However, most information found are just pricing of the package, and what it entails. While it gives us an idea of a overseas package includes, it does not tell us the whole photography experience.

Only when we completed the whole photoshoot, we then know that whatever price they quoted at the wedding show or road show don?t stop there. If it is simply the price as quoted initially, we won?t be paying more than S$999.

Okay, we don?t want to sound like we got a lousy deal. In fact, we felt we have an awesome experience throughout the whole shoot.

Hence, we?re writing this post to share with you every detail of the whole taiwan pre wedding photography experience.

This post will be useful for?

  • Couples who are planning to take their wedding photography soon
  • Couples who have heard about taking wedding photos overseas, but unsure what it is like
  • Couples who have been approached by bridal studios to do wedding shoots overseas, but unsure if they are good deals
  • Couples who have been sold a cheap overseas wedding photography package, but unsure about the real overall cost of the shoot (like us!)
  • Couples who wanted to go overseas for wedding shoot, but have heard scary stories of couples being scammed, or the overseas studios closing shop.

This is going to be a super lengthy, but informational post. I will break down this post into different sections. Depends on which stage of your preparation, if you want quick information, just jump to the section accordingly.

If not, you can enjoy the whole experience with us from Day 1!

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1. Our Initial $999 package
2. Day 1: Choosing of Gowns and Suits, Discussion with Photographer and Make Up Artist
3. Day 2: Full Day of Photo shoot
4. Day 3: Choosing of Photos (plus heavy negotiation)
5. Our Final package of $4000 (Breakdown of numbers)
6. Our Final Verdict on the whole Taiwan wedding photography experience with our Naza Bridal Studio

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1. Our Initial $999 package.

As mentioned, we got this deal from a road show at Bugis Junction in 2013. They are quite easy to spot. If you are holding hands with your boy/girlfriend, the sales staff will approach you to ?take a look?. So we ?took a look?. The bridal studio is NAZA Bridal Photography.

Note: There is a huge change in exchange rate for NTD/SGD since 2013. For easy reference, we use SGD$1 = NTD22 for expenses in 2015.

For S$999, this is what we get:

Wedding photo shoot:

  • 2 Night stay in a Ximending hotel
  • 10 x 12-inch photographs
  • 1 x 12-inch photo album
  • 1 x Ferris Wheel (which can hang your wedding photo)
  • 100 pieces of thank-you cards
  • 1 x 60-inch poster
  • Photographer to follow you out for outdoor shoot

Gowns/Suits:

  • 1 x White Wedding Gown and 1 x White Suit
  • 1 x Night Gown and 1 x Black Suit
  • 1 x Cultural Costume (Japanese, Chinese?) for both Groom & Bride
  • Make-up equipment for Bride
  • Hair Make-up Design for Bride and Groom
  • Accessories for Bride
  • Nail polish for Bride

Optional Costs (Take special note of these):

  • Courier fee (for album to ship from Taiwan to Singapore) – to charge based on weight
  • Ampoule (hydration plus oil control) – NT500($23) each
  • Additional photograph – SG$55 each
  • Private Transportation for whole photography team and you – NT2000(S$91) for first 4 hours, NT400(S$18) for every additional hour.
  • Full Day Make Up Artist – NT6000 (SG$273)

Once we made the $50 deposit, we asked our friends for feedback on the package and the items offered. We were advised by friends that photographs worth?the most compared to other little gifts, hence, if possible, get as many photographs to be included in the package as possible.

So 1 year before we fly over, we sent them our request to swap some little gifts for more photographs.

In the end, here?s our finalised?S$999 package:

Wedding photo shoot:

  • 2 Night stay in a Ximending hotel
  • 15 x 12-inch photographs (5 more)
  • 1 x 12-inch photo album
  • 1 x Ferris Wheel (which can hang your wedding photo)??
  • 100 pieces of thank-you cards
  • 1 x 60-inch poster
  • Photographer to follow you out for outdoor shoot

Gowns/Suits:

  • 1 x White Wedding Gown and 1 x White Suit
  • 1 x Night Gown and 1 x Black Suit
  • 1 x Additional Gown for Bride (we swap the cultural costume for another gown)
  • Make-up equipment for Bride
  • Hair Make-up Design for Bride and Groom
  • Accessories for Bride
  • Nail polish for Bride

Optional Costs (Remain the same):

  • Courier fee (for album to ship from Taiwan to Singapore) – to charge based on weight
  • Ampoule (hydration plus oil control) – NT500(S$23) each
  • Additional photograph – S$55 each
  • Private Transportation for whole photography team and you – NT2000(S$91) for first 4 hours, NT400(S$18) for every additional hour.
  • Full Day Make Up Artist – NT6000 (S$273)

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2. Day 1: Choosing of Gowns and Suits, Discussion with Photographer and Make Up Artist

So we pack our bags and flew over to Taipei, Taiwan for our pre wedding photoshoot. Few days before our flight, the bridal studio manager has already prep us what to bring, what to prepare, what to do before our shoot.

Example, to bring any casual clothes that we like, appropriate hair length, and have sufficient sleep.?Of course, if you want to look good with a flat tummy or 6-pack abs, then you can prepare that yourself a few months before the shoot.

We arrived in Taipei a day earlier, and checked-in the hotel that was reserved for us by the bridal studio – Nei Jiang Hotel in Ximending, which is a famous shopping district in Taipei.

Ximending is a popular shopping district in Taipei, hence, hotel rates can be high. The one we stayed in is quite okay for?us. Decent hotel, good service, no complaints.

It is conveniently located, and it is just few minutes walk to the shopping district, MRT stations, and also the bridal studio.

So for Day 1, we arrived at the NAZA bridal studio in Ximending at 2pm. We are quite excited about meeting them, because we don?t know what to expect. Da Wei , who is our coordinator, welcomed us.

For day 1, we will only need to fit the wedding gowns & dresses for the bride, and suits for the groom.

Ladies go first. Val will start to choose the designs of the gowns. Using their computer, the assistant scrolled through the designs one by one and explain the uniqueness for each gown.

We can select as many designs as we want and try them out. The assistant will bring them into the fitting room for Val to try. No photographs are allowed in the fitting room, but they are nice people, we are nice people too, so everyone close one eye.

After trying a few gowns, we decide to go with this:

For the other colourful gown, we are deciding between pink or mint.

We also selected the?yellow and the red dress as part of the shoot too.

I thought fitting?of gowns can be quite fast. But I didn?t know it took about 4 hours just for trying the wedding gown and 3 dresses.

By the time we are done with the trying of gowns for Val, it is already 6pm, and we haven?t meet the photographer, make-up artists, and getting the suit for the groom too.

However, Taiwanese are customer-centric. They know we will be hungry. Hence, they sent someone to buy us some snacks – Ah Zhong Mee Sua. (Sorry no pictures, because we finish them too quickly!)

Next, we meet up with the photographer. Initially, we thought if?there is really a need to meet the photographer. What do we need to discuss? I thought he will just be there on photo shoot day to ask us to pose, and take our photos?

But we are wrong! The photographer sits down with us to discuss the style of pre wedding photos photos we want to take. Again, we thought how many styles can there be? There are quite a number of styles though! You can have fun, cheerful, vintage, serious, or even sexy style.

We told the photographer we have no idea. Because the only photos we took, are selfies. We never go for photoshoot before. He showed us his collection of wedding photographs, and get us to choose our favorite ones. From our selection, he got the idea of the style of photoshoot we like.

That?s professional!

The photographer also suggested some locations where we can take our shoots. After some discussions, we agreed on Tamsui Manor (????), a famous location dedicated for wedding couples to take photos only. That single decision activated a few optional costs:

  • Private Transportation for whole photography team and us?- NT2000(S$91) for first 4 hours, NT400(S$18) for every additional hour.
  • Full Day Make Up Artist – NT6000 (SG$273)
  • Entry Fee into Tamsui Manor – NT3000 (S$136)

After that, we also meet up with the make up artist, who also brief us on the make up and hair style for the photo shoot.

For the groom (me), my style is quite standard. I hardly make my hair, so any hair style she do will look good on me. For the bride (Val), she kept her hair long for this day, so it will be?easier for her to try?different hairstyles.

After the discussion with the make up artist, we still need some last minute hair-do. I need to trim my hair a little shorter, and Val needs to dye her hair a little brighter. But before we do that, we got to select the groom?s suit first!

So we took a few train stops and arrive at their partner?s store – GEM.

As the groom, I?m provided with 2 complimentary suits. 1 white and 1 black suit.

However, little did I know, there are different types of white and black suit too! This is where some options (plus some upselling) come into place.

To put it more accurately, the complimentary suit includes:

  • White: 1 white shirt, 1 white pants, and 1 bow tie.
  • Black: 1 white shirt, 1 black pants, and 1 bow tie.

However, for men?s wear, there?s different types of suit too. And of course, they come with a price!

Here are some other suits that I selected in the end.

The basic white and black suit looks basic at its best. The store knows you won?t want to wear a plain white/black suit for your photoshoot. You want to look your best in the photoshoot, because you will only take it once!

So here comes the price that comes with a better looking suit.

  • White suit with a vest and a tie: NT$4000 (S$181)
  • Silver suit with a vest and a tie: NT$6000 (S$272)

After trying all the suits, I went for the add-ons, which means an additional NT$10,000 purchase for me. The basic white and black looks really plain, and I don?t think any groom would wear them for the shoot.

I do feel a little ?cheated? when I realized I have to pay to get a better suit. I told them it?s too expensive to pay NT10,000 for 2 suits. Hence, they give me a discount, and the final price is NT$9000 (S$409). Note: This is just renting suits for 1 day of shoot. $409 can you custom-made suit already.

TIP: If you are signing up for any package, and they promise you complimentary men?s suit, ASK them what is included in the suit. Even better, ask for the designs and suit styles too. Otherwise, you can bring your own suits if you like.

After selecting the suits, we went for a quick dinner, before fixing our hair.

Val get her hair dyed and trimmed for NT2000 (S$91), and I get my hair trimmed for NT300 (S$13). We are quite happy with the hairdressers. A little brighter red dye for Val will allow her hair to stand out when the Make Up Artist style her hair.

That?s all for Day 1!?

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3. Day 2:?Full Day of Photo shoot

Our Day 2 will be?a full day of photo shoot. With all the prep work done, we are really excited for it. We have to reach the studio at 8am for makeup and hairdo and everything we need to do before we travel out to TamShui.

As a start, we got into our white wedding gown and suit. All the gowns and suits which we selected on Day 1 has been altered and they fit us nicely.

Both of us completed our preparation and we set off at around 10am. Altogether, there will be 3 people following us for the shoot – the photographer, his assistant , and the make up artist.

While doing the make-up, Val brought her own Ampoule (which she bought at Qoo100), but the makeup artist suggested to use hers as her ampoule helps in hydration and oil control (so your facial oil won?t stain the makeup). We know they want to earn money by selling their Ampoule (NT500/each!!), so we resisted at first. But the make up artist insisted on using it, so we just say 2 capsules only. So here you go, another NT$1000 (S$45)

This is us after?our makeup!

Since we are traveling out, the studio has chartered a full-day cab for us. There we go, setting off in the cab! It is about an hour?s drive from Ximending to TamShui.

Once arrived at TamShui Manor, we paid NT3000 for the entry fee. As mentioned, this is a famous place for wedding couples to take their wedding photos, and only wedding couples are allowed to enter. No other tourists. This place is built and designed for wedding photography.

We were then brought over to their ?standby? room, where all the wedding couples do their changing and make up. Other than us, we saw at least 5 other wedding couples making up and preparing for their shoot.

The Make Up Artist then do some final touch up for Val before we head out for the shoot. The weather is alright for us, about 20-25 degree celsius.

There might be some wind, but it?s still bearable (especially for the bride who is in her gown only.) If you come in the cold season (November – January), it will be super cold?

Here are some photos taken by me (secretly) when Val is doing her shoot. They say personal photography is prohibited because of copyright issues. My photographs here are just candid ones, and impossible for commercial use. (So I think it’s okay!)

This is the field where we take our outdoor shoots with the flowers. They are real ones:

A very nice backdrop of roses. The assistant does help a lot with holding that ‘reflector’.

We finished our first round of photoshoot. Next, lunch first!

Lunch and makeup for the next shoot. Because Tamsui Manor is meant for photoshoot only, so we can only have boxed lunch (??). We have bubble tea too!

We also went down to the beach area. It’s low tide, and strong wind was blowing. I’m fine, but not for Val. So she had to endure the wind even while smiling for the camera!

Changing into the next set of gowns, and a new hairdo!

Somebody left their balloon there after their shoot. We used it for our shoot then.

The wind was strong, but luckily I brought my windbreaker along. It was cold, but at least, we didn’t perspire!

There’s also a white piano facing the sea for photoshoot. Of course, that piano can’t be played.

We are onto our last style – Vintage. In Chinese, it’s called ???

You need to know how to pose to get that ‘vintage’ feel. We didn’t know much about posing, but our photographer is quite skilled in that. And so he showed us how to do it right.

Valerie has a special bond with piano. She’s a piano teacher anyway.

Alright, so those are the shots I took from my phone during the shoot.

You can see that the whole area is dedicated for lovely romantic wedding shoots, and all everything there is created for purpose of good photography. For example, we can take photos with cherry blossoms in the background. It looks awesome on the photo!

But did you know they are plastic/fake ones?

The thing is, if we don’t tell you, you?won?t know it?s fake. But also, who care if it is real or fake. As long as they look real, right? This is because people can’t tell the difference between real and fake cherry blossoms in photos.

If you really want to take your shoots with real cherry blossoms, then you have to come over during special seasons, and travel out to take them.

We are saying these so that you know there are something known as fake cherry blossoms which are created just for photography purposes. We don?t want you to be sold by other wedding studios that ?you can take photos with cherry blossoms?, but in fact you paid to take with fake ones.

Our entire shoot ended at 7pm at Tamsui Manor. It was good weather. No rain, but also no sun. It is cold for Val, but okay for me (because I wear quite a few layers). We took the chartered cab back, and reached the studio at 8pm. Our stomachs?were?growling.

But wait, we have to pay the?cab driver for his services. In total, we paid NT$4000 (S$181) for 9 hours of his time. If we want to be particular of his time, he just drove us for 2 hours (1 hour each way). The rest of the 7 hours is waiting time at Tamsui Manor.

This is good deal for the driver, as we just went to 1 location for the shoot. If you intend to go to more places for shoot, the price will still be the same. Hence, if you want to make your money worth, do some homework, choose a few more places in Taipei for shoots. Do factor in traveling time between places too.

To conclude this one whole day of shoot, we do enjoy ourselves every single minute. We are really treated like prince & princess during the whole shoot.

Since early morning when we stepped into the studio, the assistant is ready to help us prepare everything, carry everything, and help us with everything we need. When we were?outside doing the shoot, we have the make-up artist following us everywhere we go, with her equipment on hand to make sure we look the best before we start our next shoot.

When we are resting, the assistant bought us lunch and warm bubble tea (we don?t know where she got it from). The photographer is even amazing. Instead of just asking you to stand and pose, he will show you the way to pose, the place to look, the mood of the shoot, and many little details to get the perfect shoot. You can look at our photos (Day 3) to see his photography skill.

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4. Day 3: Choosing of Photos (plus heavy negotiation)

We had a long day for Day 2, hence we slept in for Day 3. Our appointment with Naza is at 2pm. The objective for that day is just to select the photos.

Before our shoot, we have consulted friends and they have told us that bridal studios earn the most from photographs, because that?s where all the money is. They can earn little commissions here and there from the men?s suit rental, or ampoule, but the main bulk of the revenue came from photographs.

We know about this, hence we prep ourselves in deciding the number of photographs to choose.

From the initial package, we are given 15 photographs. We also looked at the price of additional photographs – $55/each. If we just get 10 more, it will be $550 more. If we get 15 more to make it a total of 30 photographs, it will be $825. We discussed before our trip that we will take at most 30 photographs, regardless what the salespeople say, however they want to sell us.

Hence in our mind, 30 means 30.

However, after 6 hours of selection and negotiation, we ended up with 66 photos, plus a few more goodies thrown in. The extra price we paid for all these is NT40,000 (S$1818).

Why did we still buy so much when we already agreed not to buy so much?

Here?s the breakdown of every stage of the photo selection and negotiation process.

Da Wei is the Naza guy who is assisting us. We were excited to view our photos. He is also excited to show us. So using their computer and image software, he show us our photos one by one.

Altogether, we have 503?photos. (This is the maximum amount of photos they can sell us, if we are lazy to select and decide to buy all. Of course, not everyone does that because these are all raw photos taken by the photographer and some shots are taken twice too.)

Round 1:
We viewed all the photos, have a good laugh at all of them, as we recount the different gowns and poses we did on Day 1. From this 503 photos, Da Wei guided us to delete any photos which we think that are not nice, such as awkward smile or awkward poses, or photos which don?t give you the ?feel of love?.

Round 1 of deletion done, and we are left with 328 photos. No mention of price or selling.

Round 2:
We have 328 photos, and that?s still quite a lot. Da Wei guided us to delete any duplicate photos. Some photos are snapped twice so to capture the best shot, so we just want the better shot. We also don?t want to pay for a similar photo too.

Another round of deletion and we are left with 209 photos. At this stage, the pricing and selling begins.

Da Wei starts to list down the prices of the photographs, based on the number we buy. The lowest is NT850 (S$39) each if we get more than 50 photos, or NT1300 (S$59) each, if we get less than 20 additional photos.

Then Da Wei whipped out the calculator, and typed in the price and say ?Now is 209 photos. Hence, if you get all the photos, it will be (209-15) x NT850 = NT164,900 (S$7495).? This number scares me right away. Almost SGD$8k for wedding photos? seriously? I told him right away, we will delete more.

Round 3:
Da Wei says okay, so he will run through the list of images again, and we tell him the images to delete. After next round of deleting, we are left with about 110 photos.

Da Wei came up with another price. ?Now is 110 photos. Hence, the price will be (110-15)x 850 = NT80,750 (S$3670). I will also give you an 18-inch album instead of a 12-inch one, plus creating collages for the photos (??).

Round 4:
I told him the price is still outside our budget. I told him right away, my budget for additional photos is NT$13,000 only, which is about S$590 only. So, we will continue deleting the photos. After next round of editing, we reduced the number to 77 photos.

Da Wei then came up with a special price. NT$55,000 (S$2500) for 77 photos, including 18-inch album, collage, and music box.

Round 5:
Still, over our budget. We tell him we will continue deleting the photos. After another round of deleting, we are left with 62 photos.

Da Wei came up with another price, which he said is the best price – NT40,000 (S$1818) for 62 photos, including 18-inch album, collage, and music box.

Round 6:
Because we have set our mind right from the start (die-die 30 photos only), we tell him we will go on and delete some more. Another round of deleting, we are left of 44 photos.

Da Wei told us that if we get only 44 photos, he will have to calculate the cost based on the number of photos, and we won?t get 18-inch album, collage and music box. Each photo will cost the original $55 each which is stated in the initial package. This means we will get a lousy deal if we select less photos.

Round 7:
We have some heavy negotiation here. Both of us discussed and we decided to add back the photos to get the deal of NT$40,000 (in round 5). We then add back the deleted photos one by one, and we end up with 66 photos. We then tell Da Wei to just give us 66 photos (instead of 62 for the deal), because we don?t want to delete anymore. Done Deal!

This whole process takes 6 hours, and ended at 9pm. Da Wei even get his staff to buy Taiwan fried chicken and bubble tea for us, so we can take our time to choose photos. Throughout this whole process of photo selection, here are some things we have learnt, and things that you have to know.

1. Choosing photos is not as easy as it seems.

There are many factors in play when you choose photos.

If you have a good photographer who took amazing shots of you and your partner, you will have a hard time choosing photos, because the photos will look really good.

If you have a amateur photographer, then choosing is easier.

Our photographer is really good, and hence, we have quite a lot of amazing photos. We really had a hard time choosing, and that?s why you see the number of photos we delete in every round, the number get less and less, until it is so difficult to choose.

2. It is not choosing photos. It is more of deleting photos.

This is a game of psychology here. You are not really choosing, You are deleting photos. You are saying ?NO? to the photos you have taken.

If you have a really good photographer like us, and you want to keep your photos to a certain number, then you have to delete nice photos to reduce the number.

Deleting nice photos is an emotional game. These photos are not just simple photos that you take with your camera. These photos are taken after spending the time, money and effort for make up, the gown/suit, the transport and entry fee to the venue for the shoot.

Hence, it is not easy to say??just delete the photo?.? Each nice photo you delete is like a stab in your heart. If you can bear the pain, then go ahead and delete. But most people can?t, including us. We hold on to the pain until we can?t delete anymore.

3. The more dresses/gowns you wear, you will have more photos

When the bridal studio give you more dresses to wear, you can be happy, because you can have more shoots with different attire. That also means you will have more photos to choose. And that will make your selection even tougher.

4. Prices are never fixed

Did you see that the price of photos keep changing after every round? The price changes to the point I forgot what?s the original price stated in the $999 package deal (which is S$55 per photo).

But this is good, because the price per photo keep getting lower. This also tells you that photography prices are not fixed, and you can negotiate for a good price, if you know how to.

5. The bridal studio has to meet a minimum sales target

When we got our deal at $999, we thought we had a good deal, but we didn?t think of how the bridal studio is going to make money with just a $999 deal.

Remember, wedding is usually a one-off event, and bridal studio only has one chance to earn your money. If they can only sell you at $999, they will be losing money. They still have to pay their photographer, their rental, and many other expenses.

After we settled with the NT40,000 (S$1818) package, our overall wedding photograph costs is about S$4000. Hence, we estimate that the studio would at least want to get a sale of S$4,000, before they can give you any goodies or discount.

Since you have read till this stage, let us show you some of the photos we have chosen out of the 66.

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5.?Our Final Package: Breakdown of numbers

If you love numbers and want to get down to the nitty gritty details of costs, then here is the breakdown of the entire package for you.

The initial package: S$999

Wedding photo shoot:

  • 2 Night stay in a Ximending hotel (Worth S$150)
  • Plus some Taiwan snacks here and there (Worth S$20)

Gowns/Suits:

  • 1 x White Wedding Gown
  • 1 x Night Gown and
  • 1 x Additional Gown for Bride
  • Make-up equipment for Bride
  • Hair Make-up Design for Bride and Groom
  • Accessories for Bride
  • Nail polish for Bride

Other costs that we have incurred:

  • Courier fee (for album to ship from Taiwan to Singapore) – to be charged based on weight – not known yet.
  • Hairdying and Hairdressing before the shoot – NT2300 (S$94)
  • Upgraded Men Suit Rental – NT9000 (S$409)
  • Ampoule (hydration plus oil control) – NT1000 (S$46)
  • Additional photographs with 18-inch album and collage – NT40,000 (S$1818)
  • 1 Day Private Transportation – NT4000 (S$181)
  • Entrance Fee into Tamsui Manor – NT3000 (S$136)
  • Full Day Make Up Artist – NT6000 (SG$273)

Total cost: S$3956 + album courier fee

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6. Our Final Verdict

End of the day, is the deal worth it?

We did not sign up for any pre wedding shoot in Singapore, hence we cannot do an apple-to-apple comparison for you to compare between doing your shoot in Singapore or in Taiwan.

However, what we can share is the entire experience with you, and let you decide if you should go for it.

What we like about doing our wedding shoot in Taiwan:

A different experience

We are traveling outside of our own country so taking wedding photos overseas is a new experience itself.

Awesome weather

This is a very important factor. As Singaporeans, we know how crazy our weather can be. It can be scorching hot at 34 degree celsius, or it can rain heavily anytime.

In Taiwan, there are seasons, depending which month you go to. We went in April, hence it is the start of summer. The weather in Taipei is windy, but not cold. Temperature around 20 to 25 degree celsius.

When we do the shoot in Tamsui, because it is near the higher northern area, it is a little more colder. The bride may feel colder because of the gown, but the groom will feel shiok! Both of us hardly perspire, hence, our make-up don?t wear off. (I think you know how disgusting it is to perspire in your makeup).

We get to travel after the shoot

Coming overseas to do our wedding shoot also put us in holiday mood. We planned our wedding shoot on the first 4 days, then travel the rest of Taiwan for the next 9 days. We pay them a visit on the last day to see our edited wedding photos.

Because they know we are coming back, they rushed their editing work to compile the photos for us in a CD. (This is why you see can see the finished work earlier. Good customer service again!).

What we like about our wedding shoot with Naza Bridal Studio:

Awesome customer service

Taiwan people are generally good and helpful people. Coming to serving their clients, they are even helpful and more service oriented.

They know how to make you happy by buying you Taiwan snacks like Fried Chicken or Ah Zhong Mee Sua, or Bubble Tea when you spend the whole afternoon doing gown/suit fitting. They know how to keep you warm by buying hot bubble tea during the photoshoot in Tamsui.

They have one assistant to follow you around while doing the shoot, helping you carry your suit, your sunglasses, your shoes, and whatever-you-can-name, to make your photoshoot pleasurable.

Yes, it means I can walk empty handed everywhere throughout the shoot. Their makeup artist follow you around for the whole day to do touch-ups before you take your next photo.

They will send their people to queue for popular snacks for you, knowing that you will take a long time to choose the photos. These are little cost to them, but they know how to serve you well. They can serve you so well that you will feel paiseh (embarrassed).

Awesome photography skills

This can be subjective, because we like the photos he took for us. We like the way he discussed with us before we started to shoot to understand our style, our personality, and the type of shoots we want.

On the actual shooting day itself, he is also quite humorous to help us relieve our stress. He knows how to make us laugh so to capture that split-second moment. He also teach us how to pose to create that special feel. We like our shoots.

They are a Real Company

When we first bought the package, we also read about scary stories, like bridal studios closing down after taking your deposits, or coming over to Taiwan, but can’t find the studio.

We?ve checked forums, and Singaporeans are talking about their wedding packages since 2010, and now in 2015, we have completed our shoot too. We even had photos with the people who served us.

Our Make Up Artist is Jhen Ti. You can check out her Facebook page – A-migo???? ?with collection of all the beautiful bride photos.

So you heard about mentioning him right from the start. Here is Da Wei (??)!

Here is the boss of the studio, Sherry!

What we didn?t like:

If you have read from the top, you can read that we didn?t like some parts of the experience.

1. The way the package is sold

The way this package is sold is different from most other bridal studios, including those in Singapore. Usual wedding photography package sells you in the range of $3000 to $4000, then tell you what?s included.

If you are new to all these like us (most couples are), and saw the price of $3000 to $4000, you will be shocked, and your first reaction is a big NO. However, we were sold differently.

We were given a very low quotation of $999, with many ?optional? charges (which is not really optional because you will need them), and the cost to be stacked up from there. In the end, the cost is around $3000 to $4000 too, which is about the same too.

What we don?t like is the gradual realisation when optional items became required items, and at their quoted rate.

For example…

i) We didn?t know what are the complimentary men suit they will provide us. If I have known it is just plain ones, I would have tailored one myself at S$400 (which is the rental rate), and still get to keep it for my own business wear.

ii) We have to travel out for photoshoot, but we are only going to one location. The driver only drove for 2 hours, and waited there for 7 hours. We shouldn?t be paying for his 7 hours of time. He could have left to pick up other passengers. But we were made to book private transportation for entire day.

iii) The makeup artist will want to sell you their ampoule, which is expensive. We bought ours cheaply so to avoid the optional fee, but they still prefer you to use theirs.

2. Choosing of photographs

This is not unique to just overseas wedding shoot. If you have to buy photographs, you will go through the same process of selecting the number of photos within your budget (unless you bought a high-end package that gives you all the photos.)

As mentioned, our photographer is quite skilful, and hence make our selection difficult. But we also have to give it to him, and take it as we are paying for his expertise.

We have heard stories of couples selecting the photos, and arguing on the spot on the number of photos to take. The groom will be budget-conscious, while the bride will want all the photographs.

When arguments like these arise and when it is difficult to come to a decision on the number of photos, the bride usually wins. The bridal studio wins too. If you are going for wedding shoots, and if you will buy photos individually, discuss with your fiance/fiancee on the number of photos.

You may be like us, and?change the number when choosing becomes increasingly difficult. If that?s the case, just step aside to discuss again. Take as much time as you need to discuss and select the photos. To prevent future arguments, go ahead with the purchase only when both parties share the same consensus.

Overall, is the whole deal worth it?

We will give a yes. A 100% yes.

Though there are upsells and all that, the overall price is still within our budget. We also believe we got a good deal because of the awesome service standard they have, and the first class treatment we receive from them.

If we were to take up this package again, we will make our own men?s suit and bring over, request for one way taxi, and bring our own ampoule and insist to use ours. However, we won?t be doing it again. So since you have read this, don?t make the mistakes we made.

That?s the end of this entire review of our whole Taiwan wedding photoshoot experience.

If you have any questions about our Taiwan photography experience, just leave a comment below and we will try to answer you.

If you are keen to get your wedding photography in Taiwan by Naza, below is their details:

Naza Bridal Studio ??????
https://www.facebook.com/NA.ZA.Bridalphotography
http://www.naza.com.tw/

We are not sponsored by Naza to write about them. If we are sponsored, we wouldn?t have paid almost $4000 for the shoot and gone through the headache of choosing photos (because they would have given us all!).

Whatever you read above are all our honest thoughts without any sugar coating. If you were to engage Naza, you can mention you read about us here, or you can show them this post (because we have pictures of their boss who know us as well). But we can?t guarantee you will get any special deal, because we didn?t strike any deal with them.

What we can guarantee, is that you will go through the same enjoyable photography session, and the stressful photo selection experience too. 🙂

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In Pictures: Supermodel Chiling Lin’s outfits at Tainan wedding, Entertainment News & Top Stories

Taiwanese supermodel Chiling Lin got hitched to Japanese band Exile’s Akira, 38, on Sunday (Nov 17) in her father’s hometown of Tainan.

The glamour of the event, held at Tainan Art Museum with an after party at the five-star hotel Silks Place Tainan, was ramped up by the 44-year-old bride’s many outfit changes from renowned designers.

Here are some memorable fashion moments of the night.

1. Custom Ralph Lauren

PHOTO: CHILING LIN/INSTAGRAM

Akira, whose real name is Kurosawa Ryohei, is the first Asian male model to globally represent the American fashion house Ralph Lauren and the couple opted to don the brand for their nuptials. Lin’s gown, in particular, with an intricate pearl overlay was designed for Lin personally by the brand’s founder Lauren himself.

2. Romantic tulle

PHOTOS: SOPHIA WEDDING STUDIO/INSTAGRAM, VOGUE TAIWAN/INSTAGRAM

This bespoke dreamy pink number with a tulle skirt and feathered shoulders is from Taiwan’s renowned wedding studio Sophia. The studio’s founder told Vogue Taiwan in an interview that Lin liked “fairytale, romantic styles”.

3. Cinderella shoes

PHOTO: JIMMYCHOO/INSTAGRAM

Lin paired her wedding outfit from Sophia with shoes fit for a Disney princess, literally. These Swarovski-crystal embellished Jimmy Choo pumps – each pair reportedly has over 7,000 crystals – are named the Cinderella pumps and retail for around S$5,200.

4. Modern cheongsam

PHOTOS: SHIATZYCHEN/INSTAGRAM

Lin’s take on the traditional cheongsam came in the form of a lacy pink Shiatzy Chen number. Shiatzy Chen is one of Taiwan’s most famous luxury brands founded by designer Wang-Chen Tsai-hsia. The distinctive high neck of a cheongsam paired with a low back design emphasised the bride’s model physique and fair skin.

5. Queenly blue

PHOTO: SGREENGRAB YOUTUBE

This ice-blue haute couture Jimmy Choo gown in a deep-V cut that shows off Lin’s curves looks like something out of the animated Disney movie Frozen with its bejewelled torso and strips of blue in the skirt. The Queen Elsa effect is more pronounced as the dress comes with a translucent floor-length cape.

6. Fringe, fringe, fringe

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Lin really paid homage to her Taiwanese heritage with her wedding outfits – three were made by Taiwanese fashion labels. Nicole and Felicia Couture, founded by Taiwanese sisters Nicole and Felicia Chang, were behind this fringed mini-dress that Lin changed into for the after-party, where she was seen dancing up a storm with Akira.

7. Happy guests

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Talkshow host Dee Hsu, who has an onscreen rivalry with Lin but a close personal friendship in real life, wore a shiny black jumpsuit to Lin’s wedding.

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Variety show host Mickey Huang, who is Hsu’s famous ex-boyfriend, was also spotted at the wedding. He posted photos of him with the newlyweds at the afternoon wedding ceremony in a bowtie and hipster glasses.

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Famous talkshow host Kevin Tsai (right) with a guest of the bride at the wedding banquet. Tsai is a well-known as one of Lin’s best friends in the industry and emceed the afternoon portion of her wedding ceremony, which included the tea ceremony and the couple’s speeches to each other.

90,000 Manufacture of exclusive wedding dresses worldwide

“Pollardi Fashion Group” –

succinctly about the main thing

We are a Ukrainian factory that produces wedding and evening dresses, children’s dresses, veils, boleros and boudoir clothes. As a modern enterprise in our niche, we can well compete with powerful factories in China and every day we try to expand our business horizons. Sometimes it is not easy, but it happens the other way around – everything goes like clockwork.There are different situations in the life of a company, but that’s great. Since learning from our own mistakes and achievements, we gain precious experience that helps us to become even better and more and more to hone our skills in the production of wedding and evening dresses.

How did it all start? ..

In 2011, we purchased our first sewing machines. After that, every year the production of wedding dresses expanded and gradually our team had a desire to make the products of the Ukrainian manufacturer one of the most popular in the world.And after nine years, more than 80 partner countries began to buy our products (and this figure is rapidly increasing). Although, this is not strange, because all conditions have been created for comfortable cooperation with us.

The main advantages of cooperation with us, for the production of wedding and evening dresses:

  • Possibility of sewing minimum lots, individual orders from 1 unit for our clients;
  • three-level (!) Quality control (at the stage of cutting, sewing and readiness of dresses), professional assistance in changing dress models at your own discretion;
  • creation (development) of custom-made collections.

In addition, we have the ability to produce exclusive lace for wedding dresses in our city. Additionally, we also cooperate with Chinese, Taiwanese and Italian factories. They also produce unique fabrics and laces that adorn our unrivaled outfits over time. Such capacities allow us to sew dresses not only for personal needs, but also under the order of famous brands from Israel, America and Spain.

About the factory

The factory for the production of wedding and evening dresses is located in Ukraine, in the city of Khmelnitsky, the total area of ​​which is 6,000 m².Within its walls, we create more than 5,000 names of our products every month. Today the factory has a number of important advantages:

  • creation of patterns using Julivi software;
  • huge cutting complex of the FK GROUP TOPCUT 2.5SP model;
  • laser cutting of decoration elements and the use of the newest models of automatic sewing machines “JUKI” in work.

Also, we would like to note that we use a lot of manual work in the production of wedding dresses.The decor of each product is created by craftsmen manually, without the help of machines (beadwork, sewing appliqués on a corset, adding all 3D colors, etc.), so all models have their own special charm.

We also focus on the fact that the production of each dress is strictly controlled in our company, so you can track all stages of work in real time. In addition, we pay special attention to incoming inspection of materials and strict control over the packaging of orders.

This list of benefits helps us meet the needs of customers around the world every day.

You can contact representatives of our factory at the following details:

tel .: +38 096 306 41 91

Fashion Designers

In 2012–2013, Miele brought top designers, celebrity chefs and food critics to its showrooms in Beijing and Shanghai to gain attention as a leading manufacturer of high-end, innovative built-in kitchen appliances for the Chinese market.We asked the guests to prepare traditional homemade meals using the Miele technique and share the recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation in their family. Photos of this large-scale culinary project were published in many media, and the collection of recipes was later released in book format.

Among the participants in the Love Kitchen with Miele project was fashion designer Guo Pei. She produces clothes under her own brand and, along with haute couture collections, creates costumes for films and unique dresses that look great on the big screen.One of her most impressive pieces is a white evening dress hand-embellished with 200,000 Swarovski crystals. It was made for singer Son Zuiyin, who performed with Placido Domingo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony. In the spring of 2013, as part of the Miele: Cuisine with Love project, Guo Pei cooked Taiwanese beef noodles according to her mother-in-law’s recipe on a Miele induction cooker. At the photo shoot, Guo Pei spoke enthusiastically about her passion for fashion and endless love for her husband and two daughters.To properly celebrate the success of this advertising campaign, Miele China invited 200 guests to a gala dinner at the Shanghai Film Museum. At this celebration, Guo Pei showcased the “Chinese Wedding Dress” collection: a dedication to the Miele kitchen, where mothers lovingly share life experiences with their daughters and teach them culinary skills. The famous chef prepared beef noodles for this meal according to the designer’s recipe.

Since then, Miele and Guo Pei have worked closely together.At Beijing Fashion Week 2014, Guo Pei gave a highly acclaimed lecture on design and the importance of tradition, quality and family for her and our brand. Her Beijing studio has a Miele automatic washer and dryer. “I totally trust this technique,” ​​says the designer. In addition, Miele and Guo Pei made a joint presentation at a special event called “Guo Pei’s VIP Lounge at Miele Shanghai House 2015”. Chinese lifestyle reporters and city dignitaries not only saw the designer’s new creations to boggle their imaginations, but also learned all the details of environmentally friendly washing with Miele appliances.

In the intricate works of Guo Pei, the unique stylistic language of the imperial era of China takes on new life and harmonizes with modern design. Guo’s original approach and artistic elements of her work have won her recognition far beyond the borders of her native country. Pop star Rihanna made a splash by appearing on the red carpet at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum ball in a canary yellow dress with sophisticated embroidery and fluffy fur trim. Three assistants carried a huge train behind her.Guo Pei designed this dress for the 2010 Arabian One Thousand and Two Nights collection. It weighs 25 kg, took 20 months to make, and is decorated with natural gold threads. After accidentally seeing a photo of this dizzying dress on the Internet, Rihanna said it would fit perfectly for a Chinese empress. The outfit was so impressive that the editors of Vogue magazine put it on the cover of the issue dedicated to this ball.

The first show of Guo Pei’s works in Europe took place at Paris Fashion Week in spring 2016.The fashion designer participates as a guest in the work of the High Fashion Syndicate.

Text: Regine Smith Thyme

90,000 Handsome men from Taiwanese markets caused a stir on the network

Recently, handsome young men of athletic build have been appearing one after another in the markets of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Thanks to the users of Chinese social networks (most likely female), their photos get on the network, causing incredible interest and hype around the person of the still unknown guy yesterday.

“Tofu-Prince”, the sexiest fruit seller and the handsome man from the pastry shop – all the world’s media are writing about this trinity today.

(Total 9 photos)

Source: dailymail.co.uk

1. One day, an ordinary trader Wang Xianghong from Taipei went to work without a shirt. And that’s it! Let’s go! Someone photographed his athletic body, and now he is already an Internet star. The 20-year-old graduating from university has become one of the sexy young people who have attracted worldwide attention.

2. He knows that many women approach him as soon as they see his stunning figure. The guy gets compliments every day about his beautiful body. After graduating from university, handsome Xianghong plans to become a professional military man. In the meantime, 4 times a week, he moonlights in the market.

3. The female half of the buyers admits that the attractive appearance of the seller motivates them to make purchases in this place more often. The guy, 185 cm tall, also works as a model at the local CatWalk agency.

4. 20-year-old Yu Shen-long became an overnight star on the Chinese Internet after being seen slicing shirtless cupcakes.

5. “Courageous, sexy and simply adorable” is what some of the most articulate girls on the web call him.

6. Meanwhile, the run-of-the-mill bean curd shop suddenly became the most popular in Taipei’s Beitou District. Girls flock there to gawk at another handsome man. Photos of a young man named Chen Yi-tin were also leaked, and as a result he was secretly named “Sexiest Tofu Seller”.

7. Agree, the guy is nice …

8. … and hard-working.

9. But later a terrible secret was revealed – Chen is actually a model. His agency decided to take amateur photos in the market to promote the guy.

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90,000 10 Taiwanese Dramas You Heard Of

We present to you a selection of 10 dramas from Taiwan, which have almost become classics and are well known to the Russian audience.

Garden of Shooting Stars (2001-2002)

These are two seasons of the most popular Taiwanese adaptation of the Japanese manga “Flowers after Berries.” The drama became a phenomenon, and after its broadcast, Taiwanese male idol group F4 with Jerry Yan , Vaness Wu , Ken Zhu and Vic Zhou were formed.

100% Senorita (2004)

This is a story about how a surrogate mother gave birth to two twin girls, one of whom she gave to wealthy parents.

Wedding Dress from Heaven (2004)

This Taiwanese drama tells the story of Ai Qing ( Cindy Wang ) and fashion designer Zi Hao ( Leon Jay Williams ) who meet by chance in Paris, but leave unpleasant first impressions of each other. Back in Taiwan, Ai Qing desperately discovers that her family’s farm has been sold to the arrogant Zi Hao. This is also the debut drama for Ming Dao and gives a good idea of ​​his original talent before his career skyrocketed.

Mars (2004)

Taiwanese adaptation of the Japanese manga of the same name starring Vic Zhou and Barbie Xu .

“The devil is by your side” (2005)

In this drama, the acting trio of Mike He , Raini Yang and Wang Chuan Yi showed such chemistry that they were put together for another 2007 drama, Why Why Love. The drama “The Devil is by Your Side” tells the story of Qi Yue, whose love letter went to the wrong guy who used the situation to threaten her.Things get even more complicated when they find out that their parents are dating and will soon get married.

“It all started with a kiss” (2005)

This is the first Taiwanese film adaptation of another famous Japanese manga – “Mischievous Kiss”. The story is about a family whose house is destroyed by an earthquake, and so she moves to the house of a friend of their father’s. It featured Jiro Wan , Joe Chen and Ariel Lin . The second adaptation of this manga in Taiwan was released in 2016.

The Prince Turned into a Frog (2005)

This drama held the highest ratings record for three years. It was starred by Joe Chen and Ming Dao . This is a funny story about a ruthless CEO with amnesia and a girl who doesn’t know what to do with this CEO and his amnesia.

“Doomed to Love You” (2008)

Another drama starring Joe Chen that broke the ratings record held by her other drama, The Prince Turned Into A Frog.This is a romantic comedy story about casual sex and subsequent pregnancy.

Ideal Boyfriend (2012)

Another adaptation of the Japanese manga with Jiro Wan and Goo Hye Sun in the lead roles. A sad story about a robot and a girl in love with him.

Amazing Boys (2013)

This is a Taiwanese adaptation of the Korean drama You Are Beautiful, starring Cheng Yu Xi , Hwang In Dok , Ewan Yo and Jiro Wang .

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