Think beyond the classic church or hotel ballroom with these alternative wedding venues in Hong Kong.
From quaint colonial-era churches to fancy hotels, there are many beautiful wedding venues in Hong Kong. But what about spaces that are equal parts beautiful and unique? The classic church or ballroom isn’t for everyone. And now, thanks to the evolution of wedding celebrations, they don’t have to be!
Libraries, underground caverns and even zoos are just some of the quirky locations people across the world have chosen to say “I do” in. While it’s true that Hong Kong’s lack of space precludes it from having a similarly eclectic rundown of options, that isn’t to say there are none. Though they may take a little more effort to hunt down, alternative wedding venues in Hong Kong do exist. Here are some of our favourites.
Book a private charter aboard the aqua luna for a memorable ceremony on the sea with up to 80 guests. A menu featuring your choice of Italian, Japanese or Chinese cuisine can be created for you, with dishes prepared by the chefs of aqua and Hutong. Offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the city skyline and harbour, we can’t think of a better spot to tie the knot.
Exchange your vows atop The Hennessy, 31 floors above the city bustling below. Wooloomooloo will hook you up with a personalised food and drink package, lively entertainment and custom decor to create a celebration to remember. Amp up the romance with fresh floral decor and make sure to have your first dance at sunset for some truly dreamy photo opps!
This ethereal open-air venue is sure to enchant your guests with its picturesque surroundings. Complete your dream garden wedding with a seasonal menu courtesy of one of Wooden Fairies’ restaurant teams (Chelsea Garden & Restaurant and HARA). You can opt for the buffet menu (featuring a seafood corner, salad bar, hot dishes and dessert) or the lighter cocktail menu (which includes an antipasti platter, assorted savoury canapés and desserts).
It can be tempting to “go big or go home” when planning a wedding, but we’re firm believers in the inherent chic of a quietly understated approach. Enter Pomegranate Kitchen – a striking minimalist venue complete with an open-plan kitchen and over 2,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space (because who doesn’t want to get married under the stars?). White on white interiors provide a blank canvas for couples to truly create the wedding of their dreams. Pomegranate Kitchen can accommodate up to a maximum of 140 standing guests (outside) or 80 standing (inside). The price for venue hire starts at $7,000, though this fee is waived when you opt for Pomegranate’s in-house catered dining.
Built in 1841 as a magistrate’s house, this 4,000-square-foot event space provides a unique venue rich in history. Expect Colonial design elements (think white columns, French Windows, arched doorways and black and white chevron tile patterns), and plenty of natural light. Holding a capacity of 359 people, hiring the self-contained venue will give you exclusive access to the event spaces, terraces and back of the house.
Despite being only a 10-minute drive away from Hang Hau MTR Station, this secluded outdoor venue feels worlds away from civilisation. Think concrete jungle, minus the concrete. Nestled in the mountains of Clear Water Bay, you and up to 250 guests will find yourselves completely surrounded by gorgeous greenery. The venue can set you up with a fairy light canopy that will light up your dinner table at night, as well as catering and other decorations.
Historically significant event sites are hard to come by in Hong Kong, making this pre-World War II military bunker turned modern wine cellar all the more special. The stand out space here is the 1,500-square foot colonial styled conservatory, which boasts an abundance of natural light. Perfect for intimate weddings (the venue accommodates up to 30 guests only), Crown Wine Cellars is surrounded by ethereal forest green. Boasting the honour of being declared a UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site, it’s a magical place to say “I do”.
Introducing Hong Kong’s version of a country retreat – One-Thirtyone is perfect for those couples wanting an intimate alfresco affair. Nestled in the bay of Sai Kung’s Three Fathoms Cove, the restaurant is situated within a three-storey Mediterranean-style house which opens out onto lush green lawns. How very European! Looking to end your celebrations in style? The front lawn can accommodate small helicopter landings, and a private dock allows for yacht moorings. As for guest capacity, the outdoor space can comfortably hold up to 80 guests.
Think an exotic beach ceremony is reserved for destination weddings only? Think again. Sea views and sand are the order of the day at waterfront restaurant Bathers, sitting pretty on Lantau’s Lower Cheung Sha Beach. The folks at Bathers are experienced professionals in all things weddings, including event management, audio-visual requirements, and event concepts and decorations. The 100-guest venue also offers a selection of three to four course menus featuring fresh European dishes. Just make sure to remind guests to leave their stilettos at home.
If you’re reading this you’ve probably already decided that a church wedding venue is not for you. But when it comes to the White Chapel in Auberge, Discovery Bay, you may want to make an exception. With a modern sleek design, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and waterfront location, we promise this is not like any other church you’ve seen before. Accentuate the drama by opting to add on the venue’s horse-drawn open-air carriage (talk about a happily ever after!). And if you’re wondering about capacity, the chapel accommodates 60 for a banquet and 120 with theatre-style seating for a wedding ceremony.
A Hong Kong wedding deserves a suitably Hong Kong backdrop. And we can’t think of a better one than the Harbourfront – aboard the iconic Star Ferry no less. Whether for reception cocktails or the actual ceremony itself, couples can take their pick from four charming double decker boats for hire. Accommodating up to 150 guests, depending on boat type, we love the rustic elegance of this wedding venue option. Hourly rental starts at $5,800 (excluding additional electricity, berthing and table charges) for the “Classic Ferry”, but can easily go up to $26,800 for the more modern (read air conditioned) “World Star”.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Jess Ng on 27 August, 2019, and was most recently updated in April 2021 by Nicole Moraleda.
Featured image courtesy of The Grassland via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of James Palmer via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Wooden Fairies via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Tai Kwun, image 4 courtesy of Jenny Tong Photography, image 5 courtesy of Bathers, image 6 courtesy of Jamie Ousby Photography.