Name: Sharon Au Wai-fong Occupation: Wedding planner Young Post: What made you become a wedding planner? Au: I entered the public relations field after graduation. Once, a client asked me to write promotional materials about weddings. I did some research and discovered that there were no wedding planners in Hong Kong. I realised that the market had huge potential, so I set up my own company, Sharon Au Wedding Consultants, in 1993. YP: What does your job entail? A: Planning a wedding involves a lot of things. I have to pick an auspicious date and prepare all kinds of ceremonies on the wedding day. Traditional Chinese customs like kicking the door of the bridal sedan chair and pouring tea for parents are popular with couples. The Chinese are very superstitious. They see broken glass as a bad omen. If a mirror or a glass breaks accidentally, I have to perform a ceremony on the spot to banish all the bad luck. Designing games for the banquet is also my responsibility. I even have to be an emcee [master of ceremonies] at the feast. YP: Some couples get nervous on their wedding day. How do you help them handle the stress? A: Some brides are so tense that they would cry. Some get cold feet when they are about to deliver their speech at the banquet. Once, a limousine carrying the bride broke down on the way to the registry. We arranged another car immediately, but the bride still cried because she took it as a bad omen. But I managed to cheer her up and the wedding went smoothly. YP: Have you organised any unforgettable weddings? A: Yes, plenty! Once, a couple - bound by a heart-shaped rubber ring - exchanged their wedding vows in a swimming pool. Then there was a groom who was a war games enthusiast. His best men, carrying fake guns and dressed like soldiers, lined the corridor of the banquet hall. As the couple passed, they fired shots into the air. I also helped plan the wedding of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's son. YP: Do local couples prefer western or Chinese ceremonies? A: Most couples like a wedding that includes both western and Chinese customs. After exchanging vows in the morning at a church in a suit and white dress, the couple may wear traditional dress for the evening banquet in a Chinese restaurant. I am a modern chaperone because I organise both types of ceremonies. In the morning, I may escort the bride under a red umbrella and perform traditional Chinese ceremonies. At night, I will be on stage, playing all kinds of western games with the couple and guests. YP: Is your job interesting? A: Absolutely! A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You can see the most beautiful dresses and the happiest faces at a wedding. Seeing people exchange vows is also touching. A wedding planner is like a film director. You have to prepare all the props and dialogue for the biggest show in people's lives. I feel very satisfied when I see people tie the knot in lavish surroundings.