Ceremonies must be conducted in serious way, says new celebrant One of the new celebrants who will conduct ceremonies under relaxed marriage laws is worried that some couples will select inappropriate venues to tie the knot. 'Some people are more creative ... and I have doubts whether their choice will be suitable for weddings, for example in a red-light district or in a casino,' said solicitor Chung Pui-lam, one of the 132 civil celebrants appointed yesterday. 'How about a mahjong parlour? Is that acceptable? The law itself is not clear.' Although the Marriage Amendment Ordinance allows marriages at any time and any place in Hong Kong, Mr Chung said the law also required civil celebrants to make sure weddings took place in a serious and formal way without specifying what this would require. Coco Wong, of wedding planning company Coco Weddings, urged the government to give clearer instructions for the public on how to get approval for weddings at government-owned venues such as beaches and parks. 'Some of my clients are hoping to have weddings on the beach, just like in Bali. We are still searching for the right location because public beaches are hard to get approval,' said Ms Wong. 'Some hope to organise weddings in parks where there's a lawn and most of them are public parks. We don't know the procedure or whether this is allowed. And will a wedding be considered as a gathering in public? Do we need to get approval from the police?' According to the Public Order Ordinance, if a gathering has more than 50 people, approval from the police commissioner is necessary. The registrar of marriages, Lai Tung-kwok, said everyone understood what a serious and formal environment meant so there was no need to worry about the broad definition of the law. A spokeswoman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said that apart from some pre-approved venues, parks, playgrounds and gazetted beaches would not be rented out for the exclusive use of private ceremonies. But members of the public could use such facilities if they did not prevent other people from using them. Lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan said applications for weddings at public venues were not necessary but they would not be exclusive so outside people might end up sharing the same venues. '[Wedding organisers] will have to take a risk if other people at the venue obstruct the ceremony. Not everything is under your control,' he said.