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Memorable locations

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am
 

A wedding day is usually a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it must be memorable, entertaining and oozing with personality.

The backdrop to the festivities can provide that personality, making the day extra special for family and guests, and the bride and groom.

For those who prefer the great outdoors, Hong Kong has a variety of options.

The Assembly Hall at Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village, operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is a popular choice for an outdoor wedding.

The former British army barracks provides historical ambience in scenic surroundings and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

Other parks that offer scenic outdoor venues for small groups include the Sai Kung Waterfront Park; the Lawn and Amphitheatre at Tai Po Waterfront Park; Six Arts Terrace Kowloon Walled City Park; and Bauhinia Garden, in Kowloon Tsai Park.

Each has its own personality, so it is a good idea to check them out.

Sai Kung, for instance, is known for its beautiful scenery and sea views and the park's upper platform is open for hire and offers privacy.

There are plenty of seafood restaurants nearby for reception options. Kowloon Walled City Park has a Chinese-style garden with a quaint Bamboo pavilion, while nearby Bauhinia Garden, when flowers are in season, provides a carpet of crimson and green.

Tai Po Waterfront Park offers great views of Tolo Harbour.

If you prefer a beach party wedding, Repulse Bay is where you can realise your dream. It features a pavilion by the sea with a small nearby garden.

For more details of these venues go to: www.lcsd.gov.hk/wedding/en/enquiry.php.

If you don't want to gamble with the weather and prefer indoor venues with outdoor options, the Airport World Trade Centre Club at Chek Lap Kok offers a spacious patio for the ceremony and a Chinese restaurant indoors for a reception. The venue has a 360-degree view of the runway.

Some restaurants have outdoor facilities and are also ideal locations for ceremonies and receptions.

Habitu, in Causeway Bay (www.habitu.com.hk/HABITU.htm) has an outdoor garden area, as does the Lawn at The Upper House (www.upperhouse.com) and The Verandah at The Repulse Bay (www.therepulsebay.com).

For a nautical theme, you can tie the knot on an iconic Star Ferry, which you can board in either Central or Tsim Sha Tsui - a harbour cruise is a perfect setting for a wedding (www.starferry.com.hk/ferry_hire.html).

The Bounty, the only European tall ship in Hong Kong, is also an option for a wedding at sea and you can also host your reception onboard (www.thebounty.com.hk).

Saying 'I do' at McDonalds has been possible since last year, when the fast-food company granted couples permission to hold weddings in its outlets.

It provides a package including decorations, audio, customised games and special gifts, and their regular menu for the reception. Customers can also celebrate engagements and anniversaries under the Golden Arches (www.mcdonalds.com.hk/english/about/wedding/index.asp).

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