The Wedding Industry in China

wedding in china
   Young couples like to have elaborate weddings and there is a big wedding industry set up to serve this need in China.  They have shops and they set up temporary tents or booths in malls and shopping centers where those who are shopping for these services can look at catalogues and discuss what services theywant to buy.  The pictures above are from a magazine-catalogue from a chain of shops called Bassar.  The photo below is of a tent where you can see samples of wedding portraits painted by hand.

wedding in china

wedding in china

    Besides wedding planning, catering, etc., one of the most important services they provide is the wedding photographs.  These are not just photos of the ceremony and festivities as they happen, but rather, elaborate, posed, photographs in different styles of dress.  This means a couple will pose for photos dressed maybe in what looks like late 19th century western dress with a lot of fancy added and also in traditional chinese dress.  These photos will be taken at some nice location totally separate from the wedding location, and I am not sure they are necessarily taken on the same day.  The photos below are of couples having their wedding photos taken at Shamian Island, Guangzhou.

wedding in china

wedding in china
A couple in the foreground and another couple in the background.
wedding in china

wedding in china

wedding in china

wedding in china

wedding in china

wedding in china

wedding in china

wedding in china

    For traditional Chinese dresses see this page.