Home comforts

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 June, 2010, 12:00am

For couples who want a wedding celebration close to home, Hong Kong offers many great choices.

For a European-style, outdoor wedding with a scenic view of the sea and yachts, the Gold Coast Hotel is a perfect choice. Prices start from HK$28,000. Couples can have their solemnisation on the pontoon at the Gold Coast Yacht Club, followed by a banquet at the hotel's large European-style garden. The Chinese menu starts at HK$6,680 per table, while the Western buffet is HK$350 per person.

For a peaceful garden wedding with breathtaking natural scenery, Hyatt Regency in Sha Tin is the place to be. It has a special offer of HK$16,800 for a cosy wedding with 60 of your closest family and friends. Couples can use the hotel's elegant landscaped garden for three hours, with exclusive floral decoration by Blooms 'n' Blossoms. Wedding guests also get preferential room rates.

Couples concerned about the environment can have a green wedding at The Langham Hong Kong. For HK$9,888 per table, guests can enjoy braised seafood and imperial bird's nest soup instead of shark's fin soup. Menus and name cards are printed on recycled paper, while there are soy candles and silk flowers.

If you prefer to have a no-frills ceremony at the marriage registry, followed by a retreat to a quiet little piece of heaven without phones ringing off the hook with congratulations, the Island Pacific Hotel is ideal. Wedding packages start from HK$2,888. Newlyweds can enjoy a brilliant harbour view with complimentary canapes, plus a wedding portrait package by France Bridal Salon.

Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees offers a special Refreshing Wedding Package at HK$4,988 for a table of 12 persons in its Salon Room. It includes a one-night stay at the hotel, discounts for wedding decorations and gift vouchers for spa treatments.

As weddings are every woman's fairy-tale day, Hong Kong's other upmarket hotels can provide the very best.

The Mandarin Oriental has a personal wedding planner to take care of the bride's every wish, while its ballroom can host an oriental or Western-style wedding. The couple get a complimentary Harbour Room one-night stay, wedding picture packages and a bridal makeup service discount. Package deals start from HK$9,888 per table.

If such luxury isn't enough, you might want to try a Hollywood-style wedding at the InterContinental Hong Kong. For HK$1million, the hotel will secure you private bridal consultations at the Vera Wang Flagship Boutique and Harry Winston Boutique in New York, wedding rings by Harry Winston, complimentary stays at the hotel's Hong Kong and New York branches and a facial by La Mer.

However, sometimes luxury doesn't make a wedding meaningful enough for some couples. If you are a thrill-seeker, how does getting married in the sky sound? The Peninsula is offering a new wedding package where couples can say 'I do' high above the city's skyscrapers in the hotel's twin-engined Aerospatiale Squirrel helicopter.

Priced at HK$68,000, the 'Peninsula Love is in the Air' package also includes a light lunch or cocktail reception at The China Clipper for up to 28 guests, photography, a one-night stay in the honeymoon suite, a romantic dinner at Gaddi's and spa treatment.

Modern couples who are not fond of traditional wedding settings could consider the W Hotel. With a fusion of traditional Chinese design and contemporary art, the venue is bound to sweep brides and grooms off their feet. A Chinese dinner menu costs HK$10,888 per table of 12 and the Western buffet and dinner set is HK$1,188 per person.