Suzhou's Wedding Gown Street | Speaking of China

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  1. Ericka
    Ericka May 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm | | Reply

    Ah memories. Actually with the boom of the wedding photography market, most provinces in China have wedding dress markets like the one in Suzhou. Just ask around where the wholesale markets are that the studios get their dresses.
    .-= Ericka´s last blog ..Standing up for Women all over China =-.

  2. Buddy Karren
    Buddy Karren June 5, 2010 at 4:58 am | | Reply

    help you to travel around China happy

  3. MW
    MW June 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm | | Reply

    Hello, thanks for your write-up. Would like to find out how long does it normally take to have a wedding dress custom made in Suzhou?

    P/S: Please reply to my email address directly and appreciate if you do not publish this email on your blog or other publication. Thanks.

  4. Joanne
    Joanne June 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm | | Reply

    Hi, Beautiful dress you have there. Would you know if they can make a dress in 5 days? I’ve got 8 days in Hangzhou/Suzhou/Shanghai and was planning to stop by Suzhou on day 1 and make a dress, then go to Shanghai and come back to Suzhou to collect the dress. Are there photographers around who could take some pre-wedding photographs?

  5. Joanne
    Joanne June 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm | | Reply

    Thanks Jocelyn! Hopefully I can pick something off the rack.. 🙂

  6. marwa
    marwa August 22, 2010 at 1:20 am | | Reply

    could any ones advise how long does it take form shangahi to Suzhou by train ?
    what does the train starts ?
    is thier any wedding market dress in shangahi it seLf closer than this market ?


  7. Melissa
    Melissa September 6, 2010 at 6:42 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn! I actually live in Suzhou and have been planning to go this route for a while now. My wedding isn’t until August 2011, but I leave for the states in June. Around when should I go to look at dresses? How long did it take them to make yours? And can a woman who is US size 6 fit into the dresses that they have on display? How does dress shopping work here, exactly? I know in the states you actually get to try the dresses on, but my experience shopping for myself here in China for the past two years has been mortifying – and I don’t consider myself to be large. Any answers you can provide are truly appreciated. Thank you!

  8. Joanne
    Joanne September 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn, is there much selection to buy off the shelves? I’m now worried I can’t get anything because I’m quite large and I don’t have time to custom make anything 🙁 I’ve only got 1 week in Shanghai and only 2 days in Suzhou. Sigh… looks like I might not be able to buy my wedding dress after all.

  9. Melissa
    Melissa October 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn! Thanks for your reply earlier. I went to Tiger Hill and I must have gone to hundreds of stores, none of which had a single dress I liked. I did try one on, but it wasn’t my style at ALL! How did you choose the shop you chose to make your dress? I have photos of the dress I want, but I don’t know where to take them! Any recommendations on what to look for in a potential seamstress?

  10. Joanne
    Joanne October 29, 2010 at 7:14 am | | Reply


    I just got back from Suzhou and bought a gown for RMB560 off the rack. From my observations, here are some tips:

    1) Go around noon – when all the shops are opened and the sales people are more hungry for business – they will give you good rates
    2) Shops start closing once it gets dark (around 5 or 6)
    3) Some shops can do it in 1-2 days if the design is simple enough – or give them 2 weeks for an elaborate gown
    4) HAGGLE down to 60% of the asking price – this is a tip that even the cab drivers will give you
    5) There are 3 areas of shops – The most expensive shops are the ones right next to Tiger Hill Scenic Spot entrance/carpark. There are many many more shops down the road and in the alleys. The smaller the shop, the better prices they give. Bigger and nicer shops have price tags and don’t encourage much haggling.

  11. Melissa
    Melissa October 29, 2010 at 9:02 am | | Reply

    You guys are great! I would love to see a photo of your dress, Joanne. I might bring a friend with me to get the price right, I went alone the first time and I was like live bate. I didn’t go near the carpark/entrance to Tiger Hill, do they have better quality dresses or are they all about the same? I’ll update you guys once I go for round two, thanks for your help again!

  12. Janelle
    Janelle November 9, 2010 at 9:17 am | | Reply

    Can you elaborate more on the type of wedding dress off the rack? I am thinking of going there to get my wedding gown.. But I think I can only stay there for a week, so dun tink I will have the time to tailor make one.

    I saw from a few china online website selling lotsa gorgeous wedding gown, and some of their factories are situated in Suzhou too.. So I’m wondering if I would get to find those gown from the shelves? This is an example of the kind of wedding gown that I like..

  13. Janelle
    Janelle November 9, 2010 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    Oh ya.. On top of that, I’ve heard a few comments saying that their quality are not too good.. What do you think? Thanks in advance for answering my questions. =D

  14. Joanne
    Joanne November 9, 2010 at 9:27 am | | Reply

    Hi Janelle,

    If you’re slim/petite (S or M), you will definitely be able to buy something off the rack. I’ve seen many shops with similar designs to what you like – you won’t need to custom make but they could alter the dress to suit your size and that would only take a few hours / up to a day.

    You could spread your shopping out into 2 days and cover most of the hundreds of shops there. Start from the bigger shops to get an idea of what’s in store, then wander off into the alleys to see what the smaller shops have to offer. Remember to bargain 50-60% of their first price!

    Of course don’t expect super high quality gowns, but it will definitely last you through your wedding day!

    Good luck with the gowns and I hope you have fun!

  15. Janelle
    Janelle November 9, 2010 at 9:32 am | | Reply

    Thanks for your prompt reply! Looks like Suzhou is a must go place if I wish to purchase cheap wedding gown..

    But what do you mean by it is not super high quality gowns? Does it look cheap and low quality when worn?

  16. Joanne
    Joanne November 9, 2010 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    No it doesn’t look cheap, but i won’t say it’s excellent workmanship. The materials they use are all good, of course better materials comes with a higher price so know your stuff and pay what you think the gown is worth. Here’s a picture of my gown – I paid 500rmb for it (Asking price was 1,200 rmb). Oh and they would have more winter gowns for sale now and those look really good too. Tell me your experience after your trip![email protected]/5161019125/

  17. Janelle
    Janelle November 9, 2010 at 9:51 am | | Reply

    Your wedding gown is gorgeous! Was it tailor made or off the shelf? So generally the price can be cut to 400-800 RMB?

    Anyway mine maybe somewhere mid next year. Can’t get any leave at the moment.. =( Any recommendations to any specific shop? 😉

  18. Joanne
    Joanne November 9, 2010 at 9:58 am | | Reply

    I’m quite big size so my best option was to tailor make but I didn’t have the patience to wait so I went around looking for tie-back corset dresses and this was my favourite of the lot.

    Let’s say… if they ask for 800rmb, you say it’s too expensive. Give me a discount. They’ll probably say 700 and you say it’s still too much. Then you name 400rmb and they’ll say it’s too much. Then you try and persuade them to give it to you at that price… and if they don’t want to, walk away. They’ll probably run after you and give you the price you want or negotiate it down the middle

    Remember to check for a veil and gloves (and the can can if applicable).

    No specific shops, you need to touch and feel the different shops. Just remember the bigger shops come with bigger price tags but better quality. Those gowns start from 1000rmb and don’t give much discount.

  19. Joanne
    Joanne November 9, 2010 at 10:14 am | | Reply

    And don’t be shy to try… most of them are ok if you try and don’t buy – I didn’t encounter anyone rude (though there were a few pushy ones who measured me before I could say hello) and wear a strapless bra and simple clothes so that you won’t get frustrated with all that trying! They also provide heels and a veil so you’ll look like a bride in 5 minutes!

  20. Melissa
    Melissa November 10, 2010 at 4:17 am | | Reply

    Hey Janelle – I recently went back for round two and finally found a dress. I must not have seen the same stores that Joanne and Jocelyn did, because the back-alley off-the-beaten-track shops I went to all had the gaudiest, over the top designs I’ve ever seen. Joanna, you found a GREAT dress! I wish I’d had your luck. So after searching for an hour or so the second time I went, I decided to try the ritzier shops near the park entrance. The first store I went to I was treated terribly. They told me I was too fat for their dresses, even though when I tried one on it zipped all the way up (yep – ZIPPED!). Even after I proved I could wear their merchandise, they continued to treat me badly, so I moved on to the next, where they wouldn’t even let me TRY because I was, again, “too fat”. I’m not sensitive, so it didn’t bother me, I just moved on, closer to the park. There was a place called “Angel”, and that’s where I found my dress. I haven’t purchased it yet, but I tried it on and it is gorgeous. They had lots and lots of beautiful dresses there, but their price tags are 3,000 RMB and up. This one was labeled at 3,350 RMB. I haven’t purchased it yet because I’m going to have a local friend do the haggling: foreign face = foreigner price. I followed Joanne’s lead and created a photo account for your viewing pleasure! Once I buy it I’ll show you guys actual pics – we took these from outside the store because they weren’t keen on us taking any pictures at any of the stores.[email protected]/with/5163307441/

  21. Melissa
    Melissa November 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm | | Reply

    Okay, I finally bought it. A friend of a friend of my friend’s husband got me a huge discount (thank you, guanxi!), but the shopkeeper seemed to resent it a little bit when I went to pay. The dress was originally 3,550 RMB and I got it for 2,300. He said not to tell anyone I got it for anything less than 3,550. Anyway, here are the photos, same link as above I just added more. Thanks again for your help! I’m glad I found your blog, you’ve got a new follower now!

  22. jen
    jen December 4, 2010 at 5:00 am | | Reply

    just found this post. i’m going to wedding street in suzhou next week! thanks for this great info, super helpful before i get started! cheers!

  23. Edwyn
    Edwyn January 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm | | Reply

    do they really make the wedding gowns by themselves?
    I understand the real factories are in places like Huqiu, further out in Suzhou?

    Does anyone know where the wedding gown factories are? I’m not sure if these shops in the street are just middleman?

  24. Clare
    Clare May 16, 2011 at 7:02 am | | Reply

    I am really interested in going to Suzhou , but when I looked on a map (Google) I found TWO places called Suzhou!? How can this be ?

  25. Joanne
    Joanne May 16, 2011 at 7:05 am | | Reply

    Hi Clare, Funny, there should only be one. Look for Suzhou, Tiger Hill.

  26. Melissa
    Melissa May 16, 2011 at 7:08 am | | Reply

    There is another Suzhou (宿州) in Anhui province. The Suzhou (苏州) this post is referring to is in Jiangsu province.

  27. Clare
    Clare May 16, 2011 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    Thank You for the replies and clarification ….. despite my (extensive) research , I only happened on this anomally today . I wonder how many people might have ended up in the wrong place ?

  28. Joanne
    Joanne May 16, 2011 at 8:45 am | | Reply

    LOL I didn’t know either. I got to Suzhou from Shanghai… just a short train ride there.

  29. Clare
    Clare May 16, 2011 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    Im hoping to go there with my daughter’s soon , thought we were coming on the 23 May but so far it hasnt panned out . We want dresses for her and the maids . Do you know if they can recreate top end Mother of the Bride outfits too? Also hoping to get down to Yiwu on the same trip . How long do you think we would need in Suzhou ?
    She doesnt get married until next May anyway …

  30. sara
    sara May 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm | | Reply

    I live in Kuwait and i cant come to china so i would love to order online then they would ship the gown to Kuwait, is that possible?
    I have the picture of the gown i want, can they make me an exact one ?
    thank you very much

  31. Lorna
    Lorna May 21, 2011 at 5:43 am | | Reply

    I am planning to visit Suzhou to buy some gowns to sell. I have found this information very valuable. Are there any places you would recommend to stay in Suzhou as I want to maximise my time there. Also are there a lot of shops such that I will need a lot of days to look around and are there usually some available to buy off the racks or they are mostly for display. Many thanks.

  32. Lorna
    Lorna May 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm | | Reply

    Hi again,

    That’s great I will look for the guidebook and start planning my trip. I am looking forward to it already. I am sure there will be so many beautiful dresses I will be spoilt for choice. I just have to figure out how I will transport them back to the UK. Quick question, do you know if the stores open on Sundays.
    You have been a great help.


  33. Kinzy
    Kinzy June 11, 2011 at 8:12 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn,

    I am living in Shenyang and have recently found the wedding dress I would like to have recreated here for my wedding back in the States next summer. (Google image search “Anne Barge Grayson”)

    Though I’m not planning on making the trip down to Suzhou, I’m curious… would most average tailor shops (in any city) be capable of reproducing a dress like this? Or would I need to find a tailor who specializes in wedding dress creation? Who selects the fabric, and how? I’m planning on enlisting a Chinese friend to help out with the details, but is there any other advice you might have for someone who’s walking into this endeavor quite blindly? I’m willing to pay up to $500 US (3000RMB)

    Thanks in advance!

  34. Lorna
    Lorna June 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn,

    I have arrived in Suzhou. Unfortunately did not get off to a good start as our flight arrived through Pudong and it took ages to travel to Suzhou. Am looking forward to the first day walking around the wedding gown street tomorrow.
    Would you advise taking a taxi to Pudong airport from Suzhou as the journey here was rather nightmarish. Any taxi company you can recommend would be most apperciated and you can email me if necessary.
    Many thanks.

  35. Melissa
    Melissa June 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm | | Reply

    How did you arrive in Suzhou, Lorna? There’s a high speed train that takes 30 minutes, and from the train station you can take the subway if you’re so inclined but the ride will be long no matter which train station you go to (Suzhou trains go to Hongqiao and Pudong). There’s also a bus directly from Suzhou to Pudong Airport. Good luck!

  36. Melissa
    Melissa June 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm | | Reply

    That should say Hongqiao or Shanghai Railway Station, not Pudong.

  37. Lorna
    Lorna June 26, 2011 at 4:02 am | | Reply

    Thank you.
    We got the metro from Pudong airport then the fast train from Suzhou railway station but finding where to buy the tickets and knowing which platform to go was very difficult. We then took a taxi from Suzhou rail station and had our hotel details written in chinese but succeeded in being dumped on the street by an irate taxi driver as apparently the directions were not clear enough and we could not understand each other but fortunately the hotel was just behind us.

    Our flight back is at 11:40am and we will have some luggage so we want to avoid the trains as we had to carry our luggage and and down the steps which was quite difficult with all the congestion. It looks like the earliest bus leaves at 7am and I am worried we may not be on time for our flight and it is apparently 2hrs 40 minutes to get to the airport from here so it looks like we have to book a taxi. Maybe if we leave at 5:30am we can be at the aiport well in time and it will be better to sit and wait there than be late.

    We have been to the wedding gown street and it is such an amazing place, I wish I could visit all the shops, we will see how much we can do in the next four days. There are beautiful dresses and I am even not sure which ones I will pick. Looking forward to returning tommorrow. We have found a young lady who will be escorting us to do the translating though her English is not the best but she is ever so kind and helpul which we really need as it is otherwise impossible to understand anything.

    Down side is we are yet to find a restaurant that makes English food which we badly need.

  38. Lorna
    Lorna July 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | | Reply


    On our return trip, we took the high speed train from Suzhou to Shanghai then the subway to the airport as you suggested. We arrived with an hour and half before the flight was due to depart which was great as we checked in straight away and made our way to security. I doubt we would not have made it on time had we taken a taxi.
    I returned home with some beautiful dresses and made some friends.
    Thank you very much Jocelyn for the information you provided, it has been very valuable in my planning the trip and getting around to bargain for some dresses.


  39. Theodora
    Theodora September 11, 2011 at 4:50 am | | Reply

    Could you tell how to get a guide to help me buy wedding dresses from suzhou to sell. Can I also get flower girl dress on the wedding dress street?. Thank you.

    Best Regards

  40. zell
    zell September 27, 2011 at 3:01 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn,

    Thank you very much for sharing. Was wondering, where would u reckon to be a good place with variety for other wedding items such as tea sets?

    Would be travelling to Shanghai next month and we’re planning to visit Suzhou.

    Greatly appreciate ur help! 🙂

  41. lala
    lala October 1, 2011 at 8:47 am | | Reply

    Hi guys
    in suzhou city also evening dresses wholesale market?
    i am looking to buy evening dresses in wholesale is suzhou a best place or chaozou and guanzhou is better place?
    please advice
    Thaks in advance

  42. Tracy
    Tracy November 8, 2011 at 5:02 am | | Reply


    Where is the best place to get evening dresses and mother of the bride suits wholesale in china.?? Does anyone know any factory websites that I can check out for these items.

  43. erelsa
    erelsa February 7, 2012 at 10:17 am | | Reply

    I am a hairdresser from albania and want to come to China to buy some dresses please help

  44. BJ
    BJ March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | | Reply


    I would like to buy a wedding dress. Any idea if shops in Suzhou would ship it to Aust? This is assuming that I didn’t find one I like and needed them to tailor a sample picture.


  45. amber jean
    amber jean April 24, 2012 at 2:58 am | | Reply

    So I found a company who says they can make a copy of the dress I want. They are suzhou perfect trading co. on no.18 changhua road. Is this the area everyone is speaking of? I can not travel but want to buy from china. I have read many horror stories about buying online frm china but also some wonerful ones. Does anyone have tips about getting a good dress online from suzhou? Or should I attempt to make a friend in china who can assist me with buying a gown from a store there? Oh what to do, what to do!

  46. Lainey
    Lainey April 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amber, I was in Suzhou in June last year and made friends with a girl who I am still in contact with and may be able to help. I ordered two dresses from her which she later sent to me in the UK. If you think she fan help, let me know then I can give you the details on email.

  47. Taryn Barnard
    Taryn Barnard May 29, 2012 at 12:52 am | | Reply

    Hi Lainey,

    I would greatly apreciate the details of the lady in China you deal with, I am getting married and unfortunately do not have the funds to travel to China.
    I would be very grateful for the information, especially seen as you have recieved dresses! My e-mail is [email protected].
    Many Thanks, Taryn

  48. SMaria
    SMaria May 30, 2012 at 2:37 am | | Reply

    I’m a bridal dressmaker, and was planning to visit Suzhou & Guangzhou this year to buy wedding dresses & fabrics. Thanks for the great advice on buying dresses!
    I need some info on fabric too, and was hoping you could help – Do you know what bridal taffetas & satins sell at in retail? Is there a street for wholesale purchase of fabrics (i will be buying rolls of material, not by the yd/mtr).

  49. Ashling McLaughlin
    Ashling McLaughlin July 10, 2012 at 11:30 am | | Reply

    I received a dress today from tiger hill wedding shop on HUQIU road I did not send for this,is there anyway that the shop can
    Know of this and lift the dress ASAp

  50. Annie
    Annie July 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm | | Reply

    hi Lainey
    can I fly from UK to Suzhu Shanghai Airport
    Does the street do Wholesale Bridal Gowns or do u have wholesale websites I can see.
    Thanks for the time taken

  51. Lainey
    Lainey July 24, 2012 at 12:40 am | | Reply

    Hi Annie, I am sorry I am not familiar with Suzhu Shanghai airport. I arrived at Pudong airport after taking a direct Virgin flight from London which was about 8hrs if I remember well as the others which were indirect were as long as 43 hrs. I could not find a flight from UK which was going to Hongqiao airport which is closer but as Joycelyn advises, you could still need to get a train from Shanghai to Suzhou. About wholesalers, I am not sure as I bought from different shops but I do know there are factories perhaps they would be able to give you wholesale prices. I could get you in touch with one factory if you wish. You can email [email protected] and you can phone me if it helps. Best wishes.

  52. linda
    linda January 19, 2013 at 9:38 am | | Reply

    pls is Suzhou a one stop place for the whole bridal party? pls help me. am planning my wedding and still have not found the place to shop for it.
    thank you

  53. Germaine
    Germaine February 18, 2013 at 1:16 am | | Reply

    May i ask whether there is any cheap gowns that we can purchase from Shanghai? I am going to Shanghai end March and my first plan was to buy a cheap wedding gown in Shanghai. I am not sure if i have the time to make a trip down to Suzhou. Is there any places in Shanghai that sells cheap wedding gowns and all the wedding stuff?

    Many thanks. Look forward to your reply.

  54. Im Marry
    Im Marry July 13, 2013 at 1:33 am | | Reply

    Nice blog thanks for sharing, china is one of the most beautiful place to travel.

  55. tessa
    tessa September 23, 2013 at 1:59 am | | Reply

    dear Jocelyn.. i Have read your story and others’s replies. i want to ask, if they also sell for wholesale in suzhou tiger hill?

  56. sarah dhooma
    sarah dhooma October 15, 2013 at 11:02 am | | Reply

    hi there!

    I LOVE your reviews and assistance to help poor souls like myself!

    I live in South Africa and am starting my own little business here. there is a HUGE market for bling evening dresses, hollywood red carpet style. Would this are wedding gown market keep evening dresses other than bridal gowns? and where else could i go to to find such dresses at affordable rate to re-sell here in SA

  57. annie
    annie November 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm | | Reply

    you may visit dressbulk
    is a wholesale website, huge selection of evening dresses and mother of the bride suits

    good luck!

  58. neera
    neera September 9, 2014 at 10:24 am | | Reply

    Hi jocelyn ,
    Need to buy plain platinum pure chiffon dress material which is non-polyester . Is it possible to do dat in suzhou please ?
    And if so what is s correct rate one must pay ?
    Thanks .

  59. Antonio
    Antonio January 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm | | Reply

    I’ve seen your products and I liked, so I’d like your phone contact to talk better please.


  60. Shariff Tbealeh
    Shariff Tbealeh January 19, 2015 at 5:34 am | | Reply


    I have a friend that has a small wedding dress factory in Suzhou Tiger Hill. He only makes dresses to export to Europe so they are very high quality but still very reasonably priced. Let me know if you would like to connect with him. His English is perfect.

    1. Joanne
      Joanne February 24, 2015 at 2:26 am | | Reply

      Hi shariff,

      I’m interested with your friend’s shop. Is he selling it online? If yes, can send me the website?

      Looking forward to your prompt reply.

      Thank you!

    2. Rosey
      Rosey February 2, 2016 at 9:43 am | | Reply

      hello shariff,
      i am going to tiger hill please let me know how i can get into contact with your friend.
      Thank you

  61. Nani Manroe
    Nani Manroe November 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn…i have plan to go to suzhou looking for wedding dress and evening gown…but i need more information where i can stay….if i want to eksplore the weddibg market how many days i need….could you email me to [email protected]

    Thănks and best regards


  62. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth January 5, 2016 at 8:22 am | | Reply

    I recently toured Suzhou for my dress. There are so many lovely ball gown options, but this is not what I am looking for. While I have found stores that have the lace I like, I have not found it in my preferred style. At the shops, I requested a custom made (copy cat) gown. None of the shops said they could do this. Do you have advice as to where to buy the fabric seperately? Or how to ask for a tailor/custom make in Chinese? Or perhaps where the Suzhou tailor shops are located? Any and all advice is welcome. Also, there were a number of lovely bridesmaid dresses and gowns for black tie events. Did manage to see lots of designer copies in those. The price for the wedding gowns that were similar in quality to the delicate lace and mermaid/trumpet style in the USA had starting prices around 2,000¥.
    Thank you!!!

  63. Rosey
    Rosey February 2, 2016 at 9:42 am | | Reply

    i am going here to buy my wedding dress and wanted to know is their a particular store time hours i should be aware of? I am only able to go for 1 day and want to make the most of it.
    Also are their any stores i can buy the dress off the rack?
    Thank you.

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