Auberge Discovery Bay launches a new wedding package

 
SEA YOU THERE
Hong Kong has no shortage of city venues, but it’s slim pickings
when it comes to coastlines. Shining a spotlight on sea views,
Auberge Discovery Bay is home to a gorgeous contemporary
chapel right on the waterfront. The hotel recently launched a new
bridal package, which runs until the end of 2017. The deal includes
nuptials in the White Chapel, as well as a celebratory toast, a
dummy cake for photos, a real cake for eating, personalised linens,
and a one-night stay in a Mountain View Room for breakfast for
the newlyweds. Choose from one the half-dozen venues, including
the romantic gazebo, waterfront terrace, and enormous Grand
Azure ballroom, which can welcome up to 576 for a banquet.
DB North Plaza Discovery Bay, 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay,

Kerry Hotel – Hung Hom’s new wedding venue

Looking for something new? The just-opened Kerry Hotel might be the venue of your dreams. With 17 different indoor and outdoor event spaces, the Hung Hom “urban resort” offers everything from the city’s largest pillarless ballroom (right, seating up to 1,030 guests!) to more intimate outdoor spaces and terraces. Our favourite spot? The gorgeous Red Sugar terrace (above), which
overlooks Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour.
38 Hung Luen Rd., Hung Hom, 2252-5888, www.shangri-la.com

Real Weddings: Mark And Laine Koon Murray

 

Mark And Laine Koon Murray

Interview: Kate Springer

After meeting on a dragon boat team in London, Mark and Laine married in Hong Kong eight years later. The ceremony took place on the Star Ferry’s Meridian Star in the middle the harbour, followed by a reception at The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club in Wong Chuk Hang.

Q How’d Mark pop the question?

Laine Murray: It was a complete surprise and out-of-character PDA… he asked in the queue at the departure gate just before a flight back to the UK for Christmas. I turned around and Mark was on one knee! We have great memories every time we see “our” departure gate at Hong Kong Airport.

Q Why the Star Ferry for the ceremony?

LM: The Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour are so iconic. We wanted to incorporate a part of Hong Kong history into our wedding since we have spent the majority of our time as a couple here. As with Hong Kong Airport, we do get a little nostalgic whenever we find ourselves down at Central Pier, and always try to spot the Meridian Star crossing the harbour.

 

Q What advice would you give to couples looking for outdoor venues?

LM: Prepare for the unpredictable Hong Kong weather – heat, humidity and typhoons! We gave customised wooden Chinese fans as a wedding favour for the ceremony on the Star Ferry, and kept our fingers firmly crossed for calm seas. As a backup, we did make sure we were able to hold the ceremony at The Butchers Club.

Q What were you most stressed about before the ceremony?

LM: We had a few hiccups on the day including a champagne delivery fail and a missing bus driver. But we quickly realised that we didn’t need everything to be perfect, the important thing was that we were getting married, with family and closest friends to celebrate our big day.

Q What was your favourite moment?

LM: Just before the ceremony was due to start, David, our celebrant, came into the bridal area looking very serious and quietly announced that my part of the vows had blown overboard! Then the ferry staff didn’t know how to work the sound system, and we ended up playing the “Wedding March” three times. We found it hilarious!

Q What did guests enjoy the most?

 

LM: The boys were on great form for the door games before the Chinese tea ceremony in the morning. Let’s just say that mankinis, Beyonce and bananas were involved! For the rest of our guests, I’d say the open top bus ride from Central Ferry Pier to the reception in Aberdeen.

 

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: Having our families out from the UK; an amazing photographer and fantastic decor for the reception.

Glad I saved on: Favours, by ordering from Taobao and customising; I also designed our invitations.

Wish I spent on: A decor team to jazz up the ferry.

Wish I saved on: My cheongsam and evening dress. I didn’t want to change out of my wedding dress.

 

WHO HELPED THEM:

Caterer: The Butchers Club (thebutchers.club)

Transport: Star Ferry (www.starferry.com.hk); Big Bus (www. bigbustours.com)

Photographer: Justin Lim Photography (www.justlimphoto.com) Florist and venue decor: Workshop Weddings (www. workshopweddings.com)

Dress: elDevere Bridal (180 Queen’s Road Central, 6488-8330)

Rings: Haywards of Hong Kong (www.haywards.com.hk)

Suit: Misurino Tailors (www.misurino.com)

Entertainment: Mark and a friend took care of the music.

Gift Favours: Taobao (taobao.com)

Invitations: Ringo Ching, M-Forest Production (mforest1998.wixsite. com/mforest)

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.
WEDDING STYLE:
Nautical bliss, old-school elegance.
BEST PART:
It’s perfectly private out on the water – just you and your guests.
Psst…
There’s so much wedding hashtag potential: #ferrytalewedding, anyone?
Booking office: Star House, 3 Salisbury Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui, 2118-6201, www.starferry.com.hk
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.
BEST PART:
British chef Rowley Leigh created the menu, so you
can expect refined European dishes and beautiful presentations.
PSST…
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.
Capacity:
Restaurant: up to 200 people standing, 60 people seated; terrace: up to 100 standing, 60 people seated.
Hutong
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.
BEST PART:
Aside from the views? Don’t miss the Chinese-inspired tea cocktails.
PSST…
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,
3428-8342, www.aqua.com/hk
Fast Facts:
Catering: The restaurant will work with each
couple to create a perfect set menu.
Capacity:
Up to 150 people sitting, 200
standing.
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
location.
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, www.parklane.com.hk
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,
FAST FACTS
Catering : Semi- and full buffets, as well as four-course set menus.
Capacity:
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
Harlan’s 
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