Arrive in style
Every bride wants to make an unforgettable entrance at her wedding. So Winnie Au elected to go to church last month flanked by 30 leather-clad, tattooed Harley-Davidson riders from the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club. Her husband is a bike enthusiast. 'Who would miss a biker wedding, especially with the bride looking so lovely in a gleaming Mercedes-Benz?' says Mad Dog member Doug Netzel, 'Many onlookers were delighted to see something new in Hong Kong, and waved and clapped for the bride and bikers.'
But you don't have to go to these lengths to make a dramatic entrance. Hong Kong has a diverse range of wedding transport options to get you to the church on time - and in style. Wedding consultant and founder of The Wedding Company, Michele Li, says she has organised helicopters, junks, vintage buses and cars to transport couples and their guests. 'For one couple we reserved an entire Peak Tram. The ceremony was at St John's Cathedral in Central and the wedding dinner was at Pearl on the Peak, so guests - many from out of town - got to see more of Hong Kong's impressive skyline,' she says.
Other novel forms of transport she has arranged include a fleet of junks to take guests from Stanley to the Aberdeen Boat Club for a wedding reception, and for one couple a helicopter flyby at the Clearwater Bay Country Club as their guests stood sipping champagne on the lawn.
If this doesn't appeal but you don't want to opt for the traditional vintage wedding Rolls-Royce or Bentley, it is also possible to hire a pink or lilac London taxi, a gold mini or, if you are really adventurous, a horse and carriage. 'Our horses are specially trained in Melbourne to work in traffic, and we can go anywhere in Hong Kong,' says owner Horace Leung, who makes a point of inspecting the location first to make sure the drop-off area is adequate. Ms Li agrees this is an important point when booking wedding transport. 'You have to check where buses can load and unload.'
Ms Li has a final word of advice for nervous brides: 'Take a plastic bag; we've had brides feeling carsick. Some tissues, water and also a map - you'd be surprised how often the driver can't find the way.' Make sure you hire from a reputable firm, Ms Li says. 'There are lots of car companies including those that specialise in vintage Rolls-Royces, but if you're hiring a model from the 1960s, you don't want it to break down on the way to the church.'
The Wedding Company Michele Li, 28694222
London Taxis Andy Ha, 94617818
Horse & Carriage Horace Leung, 92381626
8111 Motors Joe Tung, 63108111