Every Chinese couple in Singapore knows that they need to buy and exchange Guo Da Li (Betrothal) gifts before their actual wedding day. Evan and I exchanged the gifts about one month before our wedding. Out of the many wedding gift shops we visited, Yuan Xi Wedding & Gifts at Chinatown Complex had the best prices by far. The service was great too!
Other Wedding Gift Shops
Based on our research online, we visited many Guo Da Li shops in Chinatown, heartland shophouses, and shopping malls. However, we found most of the wedding items in these shops to be overpriced. And many of the shops offered expensive “Guo Da Li packages” that cost at least a few hundred dollars. Luckily, one day we stumbled upon Yuan Xi Wedding & Gifts in Chinatown Complex.
Yuan Xi Wedding & Gifts
As we browsed around the cozy shop, we were taken aback by how affordable the items were – the wedding gifts here were about 20 to 50 percent cheaper than all the other shops we had visited! And most of the items were similar or even identical.
The concept of “Imperfect Market” in Econs 101 immediately came to mind – this was a textbook example.
The lady boss of Yuan Xi was very knowledgeable and helpful. She answered all our questions patiently even though there were many other customers in the shop. However, she didn’t budge at all when we tried asking for a discount – not that it matter because all the items were already very affordable.
Yuan Xi also sells dowry and An Chuang items. We visited the Yuan Xi branch at #01-077 in Chinatown Complex. It has another branch at #01-096, located just nearby.
Teaset – $16
Bedside lamp – $16
Dragon/ Phoenix Candles – $8 per pair
Umbrella – $8
Above are some of the wedding items Evan and I bought from Yuan Xi Wedding & Gifts. All of them were significantly cheaper than what the other wedding shops offered.
We are glad to have stumbled upon this awesome Guo Da Li shop that offers such reasonable prices. We have read that it is also possible to get affordable wedding items from Taobao and shops in JB. However, we did not have time to explore these options because we bought our Guo Da Li items at quite the last minute. Compared to other wedding gift shops in Singapore, Yuan Xi Wedding & Gifts is definitely the best one.
Yuan Xi Wedding & Gifts
Address: Blk 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex #01-077 & 096, Singapore 050335
Phone: +65 6222 2572
Facebook: Yuan Xi Facebook Page
This is part of a series of articles where I share about my wedding preparations leading up to the Big Day. Check it out: Evan and Raevian’s Wedding Journey