More Modernness in Wedding Dress

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Models display both traditional Khmer wedding attire and a western wedding gown, illustrating the change in trends (Photo courtesy of Sofitel).

By Cecelia Marshall for The Khmer Times

PHNOM PENH, August 29 (Khmer Times) − Wedding season is around the corner, and this weekend Sofitel is hosting its third annual wedding fair to prepare even the most extravagant and over-the-top brides-to-be.  
The free exhibition will be held at Sofitel Hotel on Saturday and Sunday with local and international vendors attending.

A fashion show will show off designers’ latest motifs of bridal wear.  Florists will sculpt peaks of bouquets in intricate patterns. And classical and jazz musicians will perform throughout the days.

Since Sofitel opened in Phnom Penh in 2011, they have been one of the top wedding venues in Phnom Penh. Over the past three years, many there have noticed a new trending.

“From what we see [weddings] are moving toward western-style, such as the throwing of the bouquet, cake cutting, and changing from a traditional cake to cupcakes,” said Kalyana Phal, a special event manager at Sofitel.

“There isn’t much related to the Cambodian culture during the evening reception, but [weddings] are still maintaining the ceremonial rituals in the morning and afternoon [which are] held at the couple’s home,” she said.

Weddings in Cambodia are becoming more westernized, and this brings about a transition not only in style but also an increase in budget. Fortunately, Mrs. Phal says that this weekend there will be everything a future bride needs under one roof.

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