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When you want something done…

29 Mar

Do it yourself. We called several tailors, dressmakers and seamstresses – some whom actually made ao dai of people I know – and heard the same response. They all said they didn’t know how to take ao dai measurements. And it wasn’t me calling. My Vietnamese sister in law called, so it wasn’t a language barrier. I just think they didn’t want to take the measurements unless they would be the ones to make the dress.

No thanks.

Thankfully my Mother is a talented seamstress, so she was able to take measurements for my ao dai last weekend. So with her surprise __th birthday party raging downstairs, Mom and I slipped away to fall pray to the measuring tape. A few friends clued me in on this website that has detailed measurement guide with photos to show where and how to measure specific things – biceps, lower next to nipples, etc – these measurements and closely tailored dresses are precise. So we got that done.

If you’re in the market for an ao dai, Ao Dai Vinh has lots of dresses to choose from. I picked mine from Thai Tuan, which I thought had some really great styles I couldn’t find elsewhere. Their website is pretty awful, and it’s in Vietnamese, but it is navigable. Hover over the bộ sưu tập link off to the right and picking the different sections. Which I believe are designers and lines.

Just like my wedding dress, now that I’ve picked the style, color and have my measurements in, it’s time to stop looking.

One more thing checked off the list for our my Dam Hoi/American Wedding.


Vietnamese Engagement Ceremony Planning

15 Mar

One of the things I am most excited about is the Dam Hoi, or Vietnamese Engagement Ceremony, which takes place one month before our American wedding. This is where the future-groom and his family come to my family’s house (where I’m supposed to still be living…oops), and bring gifts asking for my hand in marriage. This is the first time that our families would first meet, traditionally. Thuan has joked that I’m worth one pig. I hope it’s at least a Berkshire Heritage pig.

Although we’re blending traditions here, I am going to wear the traditional Ao Dai (ow yai), or Long Dress. This is fun because it can be in any color and style – totally up to the bride-to-be’s preference. My future mother- and sister-in-laws are helping in this process and I’m going to have my Ao Dai made in Vietnam. Unbelievably excited about this.

Vietnamese long dresses in a window

Unfortunately I’m going to get measured this weekend, less than a week after gorging on BBQ and tacos in Austin. But what can you do. Now I’m not giving away any secrets about the color, exact style, and such, but I am really excited to honor this tradition and incorporate his Vietnamese heritage to our marriage.  Continue reading


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