Chinese mothers beat Wall Street to force gold price rebound

Gold prices are rising again as Asian mothers take advantage of the recent weakness in the price to buy jewellery. Photo: David Wong

Taking advantage of the steepest drop in three decades, Chinese mothers have shored up prices by splashing out on gold for their daughters' weddings in the past couple of weeks, foiling the plan of finance gurus who have been short selling the precious metal in the hope of pushing it lower.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 8:48am 4 comments

Shenzhen man's groveling public apology after he forgets to attend his own wedding

A picture of the apology went viral on Weibo. Photo: SCMP/Weibo

A Shenzhen man was so pre-occupied with work that he missed his own wedding.  Realising his mistake, he posted an apology in a newspaper asking this fiancee to forgive him.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:03pm

Letters to the Editor, March 9, 2013

Old factories can be converted into flats. Photo: Edward Wong

My father is a dementia patient who cannot recognise people or his surroundings. As we never let him hold any cash or an Octopus card, we have discovered a disturbing fact; Hong Kong's public transport system allows people without the ability to care for themselves to travel long distances without paying fares.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 1 comment

Talking points

Japanese, Chinese markets react to US deal

Japanese, Chinese markets react to US deal

4 Jan 2013 - 3:26am

Wedding joy for 12 happy couples on auspicious date

The 12 couples have a day to remember at The Peak Galleria on 12-12-2012. Photo: SCMP

With marriage registries booked to capacity, property managers were not slow to jump on the bandwagon on this week's auspicious triple-12 date.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:14am

On 12/12/12, thousands of couples say all you need is love, love, love

Leung Wing-sum and Chong Tak-kwong celebrate their wedding at Tsim Sha Tsui Marriage Registry. Photo: David Wong

A looming doomsday prophecy did not deter thousands of couples across Asia from getting married yesterday, when the triple-12 date appeared for the last time in a century. In Putonghua, 12-12-2012 resonates with amour. The number 12, pronounced yao ai, sounds the same as "to love".

13 Dec 2012 - 5:07pm

Mayan doomsday prophecy fails to deter wedding couples

Jon Lau and Winky Shum at Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry on Wednesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The looming doomsday prophecy – the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21 – did not deter almost 700 couples in the city from tying the knot on Wednesday, when the special “triple 12” date appears for the last time in a century.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:40pm

Gay marriage kicks off in Washington state

Terry Gilbert and Paul Beppler get hitched in Seattle. Photo: AP

Hundreds of same-sex couples have flocked to get married in the northwest state of Washington on the first day possible after the state approved gay marriage in a referendum last month.

At the Seattle city hall on Sunday, couples streamed through - to the cheers and music of a crowd that had gathered on the rainy day to celebrate the advance for gay rights.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Marriage on 12.12.12 fails to draw Hong Kong couples

Photo: SCMP Pictures

The number of Hong Kong couples planning to marry on 12.12.12 – seen as a fairly fortunate date by feng shui masters – has shrunk compared to the more auspicious 11.11.11 last year, reports said on Monday.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:06pm

Guests attend weddings because of who they are, not their money

A bride's warning to her friends not to come to her party unless they paid more than HK$500 each became the talk of Hong Kong.

How much money a couple wants to splash out on their wedding is a matter of personal choice. But, increasingly, it has become the occasion as much to impress as to celebrate. It is not uncommon to see well-to-do love birds going upscale, with their ceremony and reception being turned into a show comprising a mix of standard rituals, games and performances.

2 Dec 2012 - 8:08am 1 comment

Kenneth Fok and Guo Jingjing host Nansha wedding banquet

Kenneth Fok Kai-kong and Guo Jingjing at their wedding banquet in the Nansha Grand Hotel. Photo: SMP

After the first instalment of their HK$15 million wedding extravaganza in Hong Kong on Thursday, Guo Jingjing and Kenneth Fok Kai-kong were ready to party again - this time in the Fok family's ancestral home of Nansha in Guangzhou.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am 1 comment

Not just supporting cast

For most couples, the big day is the chance to celebrate their relationship with family and friends. Members of the wedding party play a vital role in ensuring the occasion goes without a hitch.

Selecting people for these roles is a personal but important decision.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Walk on the style side

Shopping for the gown is a highly anticipated part of a bride's pre-wedding plans and bridal boutiques carry different styles, with some offering exclusive designer labels and expertise on selecting the dress.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Couple in the market for a special setting

Candice Chan and Leonard Chao went to great lengths to transform Western Market in Sheung Wan into the perfect venue for a night of wedding celebrations.

Candice, 26, creative director at J. Candice Interior Architects, and Leonard, 29, the managing director of property firm Lechare Holdings, were married on May 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Romancing in luxury

The honeymoon is often the most anticipated trip of a couple's relationship, and many use it as an opportunity to stretch the budget for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am