This article originally appeared in the latest August edition of Foodie: The Wedding Issue. Read it here!
Menu, venue, and customs, not to mention choosing the perfect dress and organizing all the logistics, weddings can be a lot of work. But they are also some of life’s most memorable moments. Based on our editors’ experiences, and the helpful tips from our wedding planner consultants, we’ve put together a list that will, hopefully, ease any bride’s pre-wedding jitters. Here is the first section concerning wedding venues from our August issue.
Meet our esteemed wedding planners:
Evelyn Mills of Marriage Maestros has been planning luxury, large scale weddings in Hong Kong and across the globe for over 13 years. With typical attendance lists ranging from 300 to 1000 guests, it’s safe to say she’s an expert at organization. Recently, she launched Wedding Maestros, which caters to more conservative budgets .
Sonya Yeung of Bliss Creations has over 10 years of experience in event and wedding planning, and has created unforgettable moments for lucky couples all across Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific.
Location, Location, Location
Whether it’s a rustic country wedding under fairy lights in a barn, or a black tie soiree in a palatial chateau, the venue plays a key factor in setting the tone, and theme, of a wedding.
Here are some of our favourite Hong Kong wedding venues:
5-Star Hotel Swank
This historical hotel is all about refined elegance, from the gilded ornate ceiling and walls to the classic Rolls Royce and white gloved bell boys. We love the intimacy of the Salisbury Room, which can fit up to 12 cozy tables. There’s even the option of a string trio or a jazz band to enliven the romantic ambiance.
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2920 2888
Say “I do” from the highest wedding venue in town at Ozone, on the 118th floor of the towering Ritz-Carlton overlooking Hong Kong’s iconic skyline and Victoria Harbour. Several ballrooms are on offer, including ones that can accommodate over 500 guests! We also love the personalized Pierre Hermes macaroons as guest favours!
ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2263
With panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the city’s largest pillarless ballrooms, Intercontinental is the perfect venue for large, extravagant weddings. With a reception venue that can accommodate up to 720 guests for a sit-down dinner, as well as the city’s largest hotel LED wall, there’s plenty of space for create the perfect ambiance.
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721 1211
The sprawling luxury hotel is renowned for its panoramic harbour views and impeccable service. Opulent ballrooms are ideal for extravagant receptions of 450 guests for sit-down banquets, while more intimate affairs can be had with special wedding packages ranging from 10 to 60 guests. The blueberry and honey buttercream cake sounds mighty drool-worthy!
8 Finance Street, Central, 3196 8888
The Four Seasons
Evelyn: One Thirty One, a 3 storey Mediterranean-style house nestled in Three Fathoms Cove in Sai Kung, is a perfect venue for romantic outdoor weddings overlooking the ocean. The outdoor space can comfortably accommodate up to 80 guests.
131 Tseung Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, 2791 2684
One Thirty One
Sonya: Crown Wine Cellar was constructed 80 years ago by the British military as an ammunition bunker during the Second World War and was declared a UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Site in 2007. It’s 1,500 square foot glass conservatory is the perfect venue for a reception filled with fine wines.
18 Deep Water Bay Drive, Shouson Hill, 2580 6287
Evelyn: WIth an open-air horse-drawn carriage to take couples to the 16 meter seaside White Chapel, and a European tall ship named The Bounty, there’s plenty of fairy tale elements at Auberge. For reception, the massive ballroom can accommodate 570 guests for sit-down dinner, or up to 700 for cocktail reception!
88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, 2295 8288
Sonya: The industrial chic venue can accommodate up to 120 people for seated dinner, or up to 400 for cocktail receptions. There’s also the massive 7,000 square foot rooftop that can seat 400 guests comfortably. Guests can stop at the food truck before making their way up to the oyster bar, carvery station, and the a hog roast! There’s also plenty of sweet temptations, like the “build your own s’mores station” and the waffle sundae station!
16th & 17th floor, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2552 8281
The Butchers Club