Tang Yunuo was excited to receive her complete photo album after a photo session at a professional photo editing studio in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province.

The 27-year-old ballet dancer was photographed alone.

“I didn’t want to get married when I was younger, but I hope to capture my best moments in my prime in my wedding photos,” Tang told local media. “When I put on the exquisite wedding dress and ornaments, I felt like a princess.”

Photo agencies in Harbin recently saw a trend of single women planning a wedding asking for solo photos.

According to the on-demand service platform Meituan, the search for studios ready to do solo photo shoots this year has increased by 23 percent in the fall of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

Photo agencies began promoting new services at prices between 500 yuan (S $ 100) and around 2,000 yuan, much less than traditional wedding photos with couples.

Women can take photos in two or three different wedding dresses with makeup services from the agencies.

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According to a photo studio employee, many customers have lined up to take photos and seek advice in the past two months.

“Business is booming so much that they have to wait more than a month,” said the worker.

Some cafes and bookstores have recognized new opportunities and have started building similar businesses.

Prospective brides can rent a wedding dress for 59 yuan a day from a crystal chandelier-decorated cafe that uses backgrounds from French stage plays.

“Although we don’t offer professional makeup, hair, or photo services, the relatively inexpensive and free modes attract a lot of young women,” said the cafe’s manager.

At the same time, some women choose a high-end travel photography service for a much higher price.

Coastal cities such as Dalian, Liaoning Province; Sanya, Hainan Province; Qingdao, Shandong Province; and Xiamen, Fujian Province are top cities for those interested in a premium package.

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