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Traditional and Modern Groom's Attire in a Chinese Wedding

A traditional Chinese wedding is a grand and joyous occasion that is steeped in centuries-old customs and traditions. One of the most important aspects of a traditional Chinese wedding is the attire worn by the bride and groom. While the bride's dress is often the center of attention, the groom's outfit is just as important and reflects his status and prestige.


The groom's traditional outfit; Magua (马褂) Changpao (长袍).
The groom's traditional outfit; Magua (马褂) Changpao (长袍).

The groom's traditional outfit typically consists of a set of Magua (马褂) Changpao (长袍), which has been popular since the Qing Dynasty. This outfit is made of silk and features intricate embroidery and designs that symbolize good fortune and prosperity. The groom's outfit is complemented with a hat adorned with a pair of gold-plated ornaments, a bright red sash with a flower ball, a pair of Kung-fu pants, and shoes. This traditional attire highlights the groom's presence and makes him stand out on his special day.


However, as modern times have evolved, so has the interpretation of traditional wedding costumes for the groom. Two of the most popular types of modern groom's traditional Chinese wedding costumes are the Tangzhuang (唐装) and the Zhongshan suit (中山装).


The Tangzhuang (唐装) is a modern take on the Magua (马褂) design, incorporating Western tailoring techniques. This outfit is typically made of silk and features intricate embroidery with auspicious Chinese characters or symbols such as "prosperity" and "longevity" as blessings to the groom. The Tangzhuang (唐装) is a popular choice for grooms who want to embrace their cultural heritage while incorporating modern design elements.


Zhongshan suit (中山装)
Zhongshan suit (中山装)

The Zhongshan suit (中山装) is another modern interpretation of traditional Chinese wedding costumes for the groom. This outfit is designed based on the tunic worn by Chinese in old Nanyang and features a blend of Eastern and Western fashion. Grooms wearing the Zhongshan suit (中山装) often appear poised and respectable, making it a popular choice for modern weddings.


In conclusion, the groom's attire in a traditional Chinese wedding is just as important as the bride's dress. Whatever the choice may be, the groom's attire adds to the grandeur and beauty of the occasion, making it a memorable and cherished event for all.

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