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Everytime I try to find information about havinga wedding in Hong Kong this website comes up and I get sucked into the forums and never learn anything because the search always brings me to people shopping in Hong Kong for wedding things, but I want to actually get married there and it’s so confusing!
Anyway hopefully someone can help me out, I have read all the paperwork we will need from multiple sources and am still a bit confused and overwhelmed. We chose Hong Kong because there are no residency requirements to get married there and we think it would be cool to be able to have a marriage certificate in Chinese(FI is Taiwanese, moved to America when he was small).
I feel like the easiest thing to do would be to plan through a hotel, but the big problem is it’s just going to be me and him, no guests. Also for this reason we would like to not do the civil ceremony in Hong Kong because we will have to find witnesses, and I would think in a hotel setting we could borrow two staff members for a moment to be our witnesses. Does anyone know of any hotels that would offer just the ceremony? Everything I am finding in Hong Kong requires 100 or more guests, and while I think inviting 100 random Hong Kongers to my wedding would be a hoot, it’s just not in the budget LoL
Google has not been my friend on this one because everything I search either comes up with wedding shopping in Hong Kong, huge weddings in Hong Kong, or travel deals for Hong Kong honeymoons so right now I could use any help you guys can give that will point me in a more productive direction.
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@StinaBremm: interesting question, I dont know much about weddings in Hong Kong, have been there twice but dont know anything about weddings there. So was your Fiance born in HK, not Taiwan?
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My Fiance and I are now based in HK and we are getting married in November at the China Club. You can see our wedding website for more details: http://www.doublehappinessinhk.com or PM me for more info.
We have had some friends that simply got registered in HK at the civil records office and then took photos in Hong Kong prk next door. You have to give a notice of intent to marry 3 months beforehand and I think you can fill this form online.
More info here
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@traveller: Thanks for your response. He was born in Taiwan and moved to California when he was little. Us getting married in Hong Kong really doesn’t have much to do with his ethnicity. We’ve been planning a trip to see a few countries in Asia for awhile now and we thought it would be fun to elope and get married in Hong Kong and like I said before to have a marriage certificate in Chinese.
I have seen that website, it has a lot of good information. And we were going to get married at the Marriage Registry and do all the paperwork and hope we do it correctly but we’d need two witnesses and we’re traveling alone, and I’m not sure how receptive Hong Kongers would be to us just asking random people to come be our witnesses. Maybe I should try to contact some of the celebrants from that list they would probably be able to help.
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@StinaBremm: yes surely celebrants can assist with this.
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So your original post was 7 months ago. Are you married by now?
You might find this useful:
(Package deal, they do everything for you, so I suppose they will find two witnesses for you).
I was in HK last December 2012 where I met my fiancee for the first time, we went together to the Marriage office where we gave notice. HK Gov (marriage office) has to publish the notice for a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of 3 months. So this the window in which you set your actual marriage ceremony date. In other words, after you give notice, you will wait a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 3 months before the actual ceremony. During the ceremony, you receive the marriage certificate. Neither one of you has to be a resident of HK (Isn’t that wonderful?)
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@mhaggag: Thanks for your reply! We were married in September at the registry in Hong Kong Park! It was so much easier than we were expecting! We were lucky that Darling Husband had a childhood friend living in Hong Kong so her and her boyfriend were our witnesses(we thought we might have to find some strangers in Hong Kong since we were traveling alone and eloping). We were able to file paperwork for giving notice since we were only in HK a few days. Unfortunately after we were married I forgot to get a few extra copies of the marriage certificate to get my name changed here and that paperwork has been a pain. Here is a link to the announcement we sent out when we got back 🙂
My DIY exploding box elopement announcements! Pic heavy