Now that you’ve said “Yes!”, what’s next? This ultimate Hong Kong wedding planning guide will help you get started…
So, you’ve said yes to the ring and it’s time to prepare for “I do!”. From securing a wedding venue and picking out your wedding dress to finding the right photographer, makeup artist and more — it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the dauntingly long list of things to take care of before you walk down the aisle. But don’t worry, a number of us on the team have successfully tied the knot or are currently in the planning phase, so we’ve got a tip or two to share. This guide is particularly useful if you’re planning to host your wedding right here in the 852 but for others tying the knot overseas, it should also provide some much-needed inspiration.
If organisation and time management are not your strong suit, hiring a wedding planner might be a necessary first step. Offering a world of experience, useful tips and invaluable connections with vendors and the like, an expert wedding planner can save you a significant amount of time, money and stress!
This all-encompassing wedding planning team does it all, covering the crucial aspects of your big day down to the smallest details. Re.born can help with everything from finding the perfect venue, caterer, photographer, decorations and live band to even going the extra mile to help you organise shuttle bus services and wedding favours for your guests. Its ultimate goal is to create a joyous wedding experience for you and your other half and beautiful memories to last a lifetime.
The Wedding Company
We had to give a shoutout to our 2023 Sassy Hong Kong Reader Award Gold Winner for Best Wedding Planner! Blending impeccable taste with pragmatism, and with hundreds of weddings under its bridal belt, you can expect stunning results.
First order of business is to secure your wedding venue as early as possible. Depending on when and where you’re planning to tie the knot, you may have to book a month to more than a year in advance. Narrow it down by season, and then decide what type of venue you envisage yourself getting married in. You could get hitched at your favourite hotel, by the sea or somewhere more unconventional like the Star Ferry or abroad! Or perhaps you’re planning to have a civil wedding at City Hall. Start calling up to see what dates are available.
We can’t think of a better backdrop for your wedding 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.
Bathers, South Lantau
Sea views and sand abound 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 Murray Hong Kong, Central
Gorgeous semi-outdoor arches, an open-air terrace with greenery, a grand indoor ballroom and even a restaurant with a 270-degree cityscape view. The Murray has both the space and the expertise to deliver, whether you’re thinking lunch or dinner, Western or Chinese, ceremony or reception.
Your wedding dress is another thing you want to have sorted early, especially if you’re thinking of ordering something from overseas or getting one custom-made. If time is not a luxury you have, there are many bridal boutiques across the city where you can rent or purchase ready-stitched gowns. Here are a couple of brands that our own team members and That Brides have donned on their big day… While you’re at it, you might want to pick out your wedding bands and look around for bridesmaid dresses and suits for the groom and his best men.
Though no longer based in Hong Kong, designer Christina Devine remains a favourite whose skill and professionalism we can attest to first-hand. Christina takes the best practices of couture dressmaking and combines them with a fresh take on bridal gowns, little white dresses and jumpsuits which you can browse and order online.
Christina Devine, www.christinadevine.com
Read More: We Try Christina Devine’s Bespoke Wedding Dress Service
The LOFT Bridal
The LOFT goes above and beyond to put a unique spin on bridal. It’s worth noting that most of the brands stocked here are available in less than five places in the world — perfect for those looking for a truly unique and special fashion moment for their big day.
Once you’ve locked in your venue, you can start to think about how you would like it decorated (these wedding decoration companies and florists should have some ideas!). Other details to consider include which wedding catering company to go with and what flavour cake you want (be sure to ask for samples to taste, this is very important). Don’t forget entertainment! Whether you’re putting together your own Spotify playlist, hiring a DJ or booking a string quartet, you’ll want some music to get your guests on the dance floor.
Unless you’ve got a hair and makeup wiz in the family, you might want to consider hiring a professional to help you and your bridal party get ready on the morning of your wedding. It wouldn’t hurt to book trial sessions with a couple of makeup artists and hair stylists ahead of time to make sure you’re happy with your finished look. If you really want to pamper your bridal crew, you could organise a spa day for facials or mani-pedi sessions.
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After putting in all that effort to make sure you’ve got the perfect dress and that your venue looks just as you dreamed it, you need a photographer and videographer you can trust to capture your day. We’ve got a list of some of our favourite Hong Kong wedding photographers here, and it’s also worth scrolling through some portfolios you find on Instagram to get an idea of their photography style.
Specialising in narrative-style photography, Fermat will chronicle your day in stunning images you’ll never want to stop looking at (just look at how gorgeous our Partnerships Manager Emily looks above!).
Jamie Ousby Photography
Award-winning documentary wedding photographer Jamie Ousby has photographed over 200 weddings across the world! His unique style of photography is raw with emotion and personality, and anything but traditional.
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Main image courtesy of Jakob Owens via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Re.born, image 2 courtesy of Jamie Ousby Photography via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Sassy Media Group, image 4 courtesy of Photos by Lanty via Unsplash, image 5 courtesy of Chalo Garcia via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of Fermat Photography.