Inspiration: photo pods, grey gowns and milk bottle centrepieces

Put a personal stamp on your big day with these new takes on old traditions.

By Susie Riza


A Gif that keeps giving 

If you love the idea of a photo booth, but don’t know what you’ll do with a stack of printed Polaroids, try Pixta . The “Party Starter” package comes with

a selfie station that ensures guests can create, share, and save GIFs with personalised backgrounds. But not to worry: More traditional guests can still print images on the spot.
A Head For Fashion
Brides who aren’t so hot on a traditional veil might try a few alternatives – like a flower crown, Grecian headband, or a retro-chic headpiece to pull the look together. Whether you’re looking for a short veil or a trendy crown, Olivia The Wolf has a range of designs to suit every bride.
Milk the Experience
Floral centrepieces bring tables to life, but traditional vases can be a bit of a bore. Take a tip from your DIY friends and fill charming Kowloon Dairy jars with fresh blooms for a retro homage to Hong Kong. Don’t forget to return them for recyling afterwards though!
Find A Grey Area
If the typical white poufy gown isn’t for you, not to worry – grey wedding dresses are sashaying their way into fashion. Styled perfectly by wedding gown designer Hayley Paige , a soft slate hue adds a contemporary twist on expectations.
The Couple That Stags Together
Gone are the days of solo stag and hendos – instead of going your separate
ways, why not celebrate together with all your besties? Couples are replacing
traditional “last hurrah” outings in favour or joint trips away or junk parties.

Hong Kong’s skyline wedding venues

There are few views in the world as spectacular as the Hong Kong skyline, so why not make the most of it? We’ve rounded up the best wedding venues with show-stopping city views. From five-star hotels to foodie favourites and cherished Hong Kong establishments, these stunners are perfect for
that special day. By Susie Riza
The Star Ferry
THE VIBE: Have your heart set on a waterfront wedding? You’re in luck. The Star Ferry offers private two-hour cruises aboard its “World Star
Water Tour,” so you can cruise the harbour with your wedding party, or even have the ceremony on board. For a real skyline wedding with a nautical vibe, this is a venue to remember.
Nautical bliss, old-school elegance.
It’s perfectly private out on the water – just you and your guests.
There’s so much wedding hashtag potential: #ferrytalewedding, anyone?
Booking office: Star House, 3 Salisbury Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui, 2118-6201,
Fast Facts
Catering:Guests need to organise outside catering.
Capacity:180 passengers.
The Continental
THE VIBE: An elegant restaurant atop Pacific Place, The Continental is spacious and intimate, inspired by the charm of Europe’s grand cafes. Designed by David Collins Studio, the restaurant is a vision of gold and emerald with comfortable leather booths. The romantic outdoor terrace can be transformed into a Pinterest- worthy, fairy-lit aisle, surrounded by Hong Kong’s highrises.
WEDDING STYLE: City vibes, European flair.
British chef Rowley Leigh created the menu, so you
can expect refined European dishes and beautiful presentations.
The Continental is a stone’s throw from registry offices and several historic churches.
Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88
Queensway, Admiralty, 2704-5211,
Fast Facts
Catering: Menus available for early evening canapes, leisurely lunches, brunches and decadent dinners.
Restaurant: up to 200 people standing, 60 people seated; terrace: up to 100 standing, 60 people seated.
THE VIBE: If it’s panoramic views you’re after, Hutong is a dream. Overlooking
Victoria Harbour, the restaurant will transport you to an ancient family courtyard in one of Beijing’s historic neighborhoods.
The restaurant showcases avant-garde creativity in its Northern Chinese cuisine and three private dining rooms that are perfect
for rehearsal dinners and intimate affairs.
WEDDING STYLE: Modern Chinese style; impress out-of-towners.
Aside from the views? Don’t miss the Chinese-inspired tea cocktails.
The experience can be tied in with a private sailing on the Aqua Luna, the
restaurant group’s signature red-sailed junk.
28/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,
Fast Facts:
Catering: The restaurant will work with each
couple to create a perfect set menu.
Up to 150 people sitting, 200
The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel
The Vibe:
Stretching across 372 square meters, the Park Lane’s rooftop garden offers a panoramic view of the city and gorgeous greenery. Couples enter the venue in style, using a breathtaking marble staircase – all set against the glimmering cityscape.
Wedding style: Urban garden, laid-back romance.
Best part:The jaw-dropping views from this rooftop
Psst…The leafy garden setup will give your wedding a
botanical boost.
28/F, The Park Lane Hotel, a Pullman Hotel, 310 Gloucester
Road, Causeway Bay, 2293-8888,
Fast Facts
Catering: Chinese banquets available for lunch and dinner.
Capacity: The rooftop can accommodate 380 for cocktails or 180 seated
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
The Vibe:Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is a smooth operator – think smart wood interiors, modern furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views from every angle. The warm atmosphere makes for an intimate wedding setting and the sprawling rooftop bar doesn’t hurt either. Couples are in good hands here, thanks to personalised events packages, including bespoke decorations and entertainment.
Wedding style:Celebrations with the city at your feet.
Best part:The tender, tasty steaks will be a hit with meat- loving guests.
Psst…If Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is booked, try Wooloomooloo Prime or the Chop House; both offer similarly spectacular views.
31/F and rooftop, The Hennessy,
256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai,
Urban House
The Vibe: Located on Granville Road, Urban Park is home to an elegant
rooftop that’s bang in the middle of the city. Urban Park also has an outlet
in Central if you prefer to keep things on Hong Kong Island.
Wedding style:Garden party with a dash of urban glam.
Best part:Booking a wedding ceremony at Urban Park comes with an
added perk: a complimentary overnight stay at Attitude hotel nearby.
Psst…Look out for special wedding offers on their website.
4/F, 20-22 Granville Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui, 2751-1999,
Catering : Semi- and full buffets, as well as four-course set menus.
120 guests for a sit- down dinner
Al Molo Ristorante Italiano
The Vibe:Overlooking Victoria Harbour, Al Molo is home to a cool New York design with celebrity chef Michael White at the helm. With a range of homemade pizza, pastas, and world-class wines, Al Molo is an ideal destination for any food-loving couple.
Wedding style:New York flavours, gourmet gala.
Best part:The venue can arrange a two- to three-tier wedding cake for the big day.
Psst…Chef Michael White is happy to design bespoke
menus to cater to each couple’s tastes.
Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-7900,
Fast Facts
Catering:Bespoke set menus are available.
Capacity:Up to 180 guests seated or 300
The Vibe:Located in The One, Harlan’s is right in the thick of it, featuring spectacular views of Kowloon’s dense cityscape and Victoria Harbour from
the terrace. Boasting a Mediterranean-influenced menu, floor-to-ceiling
windows and a carefully curated wine cellar, this 650-square-metre address
feels timeless and elegant.
Wedding style:Sky-high elegance, Mediterranean decadence.
Best part:The terrace, hugged by skyscrapers on all sides.
Psst…The elevators are a bit confusing, so include directions in the invite.
19/F, The One, 100 Nathan
Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2972-
Fast Facts
Catering: Banquets, buffets and set menus are available.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests seated

Lunchtime fitness classes with Fit Eat In

Busy brides will appreciate the uber-efficient workouts and meal plans from Fit Eat In. The fitness company has designed an effective training regime that fits neatly into your lunch hour – the intense, 30-minute programme takes place in the Tai Chi Court at Hong Kong Park, and includes a healthy lunch prepared by Supafood. The team has tailored the healthy menus to help you trim down and tone up. Among the many options, lunch could include a roasted Aussie chicken with kale cashew pesto or baked tofu with sesame sauce – all complemented by sides of broccoli salad and coconut brown rice.
From $200 per session, including lunch.