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New wedding trends emerge at Shanghai expo
Last Updated: 2017-12-15 08:31 | China Daily
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A model shows a wedding dress at the Shanghai Winter Wedding Expo last weekend. [PHOTO BY HE QI/CHINA DAILY]

The Shanghai Winter Wedding Expo at the Shanghai World Expo pavilion last weekend showcased new features and trends.

"The China Wedding Expo is the world's largest one-stop wedding shopping platform," says Lin Yan, representative of the 2017 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International, whose winners walked the ramp at the expo.

The expo provided couples with choices for wedding photography, honeymoon, wedding dresses, banquets, jewelry and other requirements.

Since the wedding expo concept took off in China in 2005, 42 such expos have been held in Beijing, 36 in Shanghai, 24 in Guangzhou, nine in Wuhan and Tianjin, respectively, and one in Hangzhou.

The platform introduces brand shops, designers and celebrities from over 30 countries with an annual turnover exceeding 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion).

This year's expo in Shanghai invited the winners of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International to present high-end customized wedding dresses from international bridal brands such as Lanyu, Tarik Ediz, and Grace Kelly and jewelry from Platinum.

"We will consider business links at different levels to introduce Chinese couples to more honeymoon tourism resources, and also provide more tourism opportunities for merchants," says Lin.

As for hotel choices for wedding banquets, more 5-star hotels entered the market.

For instance, the W Hotel on the Bund, Amanyangyun, Four Seasons Hotel, and the Ritz-Carlton are all participating in the expo.

Also, custom-made ring brand Blove brought the jewelry design team of former US first lady Michelle Obama to the event.

According to Lin, the generation born in the 1990s is gradually becoming the major clientele at wedding expos. And compared with the generation born in the decade before, 90 percent of whose weddings are arranged by their parents, the '90s generation is more willing to participate in wedding preparations and choosing wedding supplies. Now, around 80 percent of them arrange their own weddings.

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