Navigate the maze of wedding choices

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 August, 2010, 12:00am

Minimal decorations and a fake cake aren't going to cut it for Hong Kong's modern couples, who want their wedding to be memorable.

For those who find themselves lost when deciding between the thousands of venues, catering, decorations and entertainment options, hotels often hold annual wedding showcases to point them in the right direction.

The InterContinental held its 'Luxury Wedding Showcase' in March, featuring professionals ranging from bridal photographers to the city's top floral artists. The Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees held its 'Wedding Day' on the same date, showcasing a collection of wedding gowns and tuxedos, and presenting shows that featured hair and make-up stylists. The hotel also had a second wedding showcase in May.

This weekend, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong invites guests to experience 'A Day in a Life of a Grand Hyatt Wedding'. The two-day event features 23 wedding professionals from 10 service industries, including bridal wear, florists, photography, videography and a celebrant service.

'We think if you find the correct service company, planning a wedding isn't stressful at all,' says Gladis Young, marketing communications manager at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. 'It just requires good planning, but it's also important to know what you like before choosing [certain elements].'

Located at The Pool House and The Residence within the hotel, visitors will be able to meet professionals while sipping on free-flow champagne and canapes. Models dressed as brides and grooms will simulate a ceremony.

As many couples are looking for smaller, mid-sized venues, Young says The Pool House and The Residence can accommodate such requests.

For couples who don't want to hold their wedding at the Grand Hyatt, it's still an opportunity to meet a wide range of professionals. 'We picked some of Hong Kong's top companies for weddings to cover all the areas and provide practical assistance,' Young says.

Here's a brief rundown of some participating companies:

An Oath Celebrant Service: The company takes care of the paperwork for the marriage application and registering at the Marriage Registry. One of its celebrants can perform the wedding anywhere in Hong Kong (

Faces Make-up Studio: With more than 15 years' experience in bridal make-up, Eva Chuk has worked for celebrities including Shu Qi and Michelle Reis (

Noel Chu Wedding Gallery: Designer Noel Chu's couture bridal gowns are tailor-made and handcrafted with embroidery, beading and lace (

Limetea Design Studio: A one-stop shop for wedding stationery, from invitations and guestbooks to red packets and location maps. The studio can also design boxes for gift favours (

Innonation Productions: This live music company offers string quartets, piano trios and bands for hire. Musicians can play everything from classical, jazz, traditional Chinese and electronic music to pop (

The wedding fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm. Tickets will be available at the door at HK$60 per person or HK$100 for two. Inquiries: 25847722.