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05 Editor’s Letter
The summer line from Jack Wills is all pops of color and garden party dresses.
06 Guestlist Art Basel
Don’t miss the international big names and up-andcoming talents at the city’s biggest art event.
Enjoy local goods and grub at the recently launched PMQ Central Night Markets till the end of May.
Homegrown fashion talent Erbert Chong tells The List about his favorite things.
Beauty and Wellness
The Budgeting Bride
When to splurge and when to save? Plan your wedding with insight from budget-savvy brides.
50 Baby Pak choi
Managing editor Sarah Fung is pregnant (!!!), and you can follow her journey with this new column.
Get summer ready with high-intensity workout sessions at LGN (Look Good Naked).
KNOW & TEL Photos: Dennis Mok
Wedding Dresses p.20
Makeup Artists p.26
Alfresco Venues p.36
Chinese Wedding 101 p.40
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Wedding Daze Ah yes, wedding planning season is here again, and with it, brides citywide are pulling out their hair with the stress of trying to plan it all. Luckily, The List is here to help!
photographers (p.36), cakes (p.42) to makeup artists (p.26), we’ve brought you the best wedding vendors on offer.
A huge part of the wedding planning process (and one of the biggest pains!) is the budget. That’s why we’ve spoken to several local brides (p.14) about what they considered worthy investments for their weddings, and where they wish they’d saved.
wedding and don’t know where to start? Flip to Chinese Wedding 101 (p.40) for our listings on where to get Chinese wedding essentials.
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it. From wedding gowns (p.20) to
Want to add a Chinese flavor to your
And finally—we’re launching a new column this week! I’m expecting a baby (arrgh!) and will be writing about my experience of pregnancy and parenthood in Hong Kong. Check it out!
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Make a Date Our picks for the month
Art by Yang Yong-liang, featured at Art Basel. Photo: Galerie Paris-Beijing
May 20, 27
Ladies’ Night at The Langham
The Langham has launched a brand new ladies’ night at Palm Court every Tuesday. Enlisting mixologist Antonio Lai to lend some of his cocktail magic, Palm Court is offering eight Absolut Vodka creations. Try the Yuzu Sour, made with vodka, yuzu jam, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white on top. Palm Court’s resident band Body Heat will be playing pop, jazz, blues and more. 7:30-9:30pm. Palm Court, L/F, The Langham, 8 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2132-7898. Cocktails are $98 and up.
Hong Kong’s number one art event rolls around once more. This year, over half of the 245 galleries attending the four-day show have exhibition spaces in Asia, meaning Basel’s bringing a ton of talent from much closer to home. New this year is the Film section in collaboration with the HK Arts Centre, which will be a three-day program with screenings of international works, as well as local projects from Kwan Sheung-chi and Christopher Doyle. May 15-18, HKCEC, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, www.artbasel.com/en/ Hong-Kong. $250-850 from www.hkticketing.com or at the door.
Ceilidh on the Beach
Try your hand at a ceilidh (pronounced “kay-lee”)—a traditional Scottish dance party—on the beach in Shek O, with music courtesy of a live band. There’s an open bar and a buffet with a hog roast. It’ll probably get messy, but that’s part of the fun. 7pm-midnight. Shek O Main Beach. Coach pickup to Shek O Main Beach from The Canny Man (B/F, Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, 57-73 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai). Registration at 5pm; departure at 6pm.Coach returns to The Canny Man afterwards, where there will be happy hour drink prices.
Singapore Airlines Promotions
There are plenty of public holidays coming up in the next few months, and if you book time off wisely, they can easily turn into week-long getaways. Singapore Airlines is offering deals that are good through July, including $2,532 for roundtrips to 12 destinations in Indonesia and $2,610 to Burma, inclusive of taxes and surcharges. Book before the end of May; visit website for deals and destinations.
Green Queen Made in HK Pop-Up May 3
Kronenbourg 1664 Pop-Up Bars
Catch the last of Kronenbourg’s popup bars around town this month— with FREE BEER! Yes, you read that right, and the event is free to enter, too. They want to bring the “cinq à sept”—or “five-to-seven”—lifestyle to town: essentially a boozy afterwork gathering. Question: why do they need to import what’s basically a happy hour? And why do they get off work so early? Oh well... It’s free beer! 5-7pm. Grand Central Bar and Grill, Shop R001, Roof, Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon. Free entry.
Founders of Green Queen (www.greenqueen.com.hk), Sonalie GalardiEste and Tracy Turo continue to be a force in promoting healthy and sustainable options for Hongkongers. Earlier this month, they hosted Green Queen’s fourth Made in HK local artisans pop-up to great success. Featuring produce from local small businesses, the one-day market’s offerings ranged from fresh vegetables and raw chocolate bars to even bottled kombucha, as well as organic honey made right here in Hong Kong. Half of the vendors were launched in the past six months, and crowds turned up in droves to support the brand-new homegrown talents. Want to see your event featured here? Send invitations to email@example.com
A dose of Hong Kong style
Fashion Forecast This fortnight’s style digest
Powder Blue Pastels are red hot this season, with baby blue leading the way.
Skirt, $3,190 from Pinko
Re-Designing Central Central is getting a big makeover, starting with the Former Police Married Quarters, aka PMQ Central. This newly renovated space launched with a bang, with more than 8,000 people heading out for the inaugural Night Market, which will continue every weekend through May. Inside PMQ, an affordable place for local designers to show their wares, you’ll find an array of shops from brands such as jewelry designers Marijoli, Bamboa, Cocoon, Aly & Rachel and Chocolate Rain, alongside local restaurants and exhibitions from up-and-coming international artists. 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2811-9098, www.pmq.org.hk
Tousled Braids Nothing says “long hair, don’t care” like a roll-outta-bed braid.
Metallic Leather From shoes to handbags, gold and silver metallic accessories are snagging the spotlight. Handbag, $2,520 from Oroton
Pajama Trousers Rule of thumb: If they’re as comfortable as actual pajamas, then leave ‘em at home.
Lab Concept recently added a new store to its growing list of fashionforward shops. Check out Cheap Monday, where you can find the Stockholmbased brand’s signature looks. The pop-up will also feature the spring and summer wardrobes, with lots of bold aesthetics and collage prints that pay homage to the 90s. With loud patterns and rebellious designs, Cheap Monday is sure to add a touch of wild to your wardrobe. Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, Admiralty, 2118-3599, www.labconcepthk.com
Pants, from Monki
McQueen Twin Skull Rings Even though they’re quite costumey, I quite like these as statement pieces. They’re just cool in general. I like the brass one because it’s already scratched up. It makes me feel edgy, and it cheers me up when I’m down.
Ray-Ban Wayfarers I have this lovely turquoise blue pair of Wayfarers from a few seasons ago. Ray-Ban sunglasses are the best: I love them and have many pairs. They’re my summer I-don’t-wanna-give-a-shit sunglasses.
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Erbert Chong Up-and-coming Hong Kong designer Erbert Chong has been part of every aspect of the fashion industry, from starting as a sales rep to creating his own brand. He sits down with Mayan Braude to share some of his favorite things. www.erbertchong.com
My blue iPhone C is a fashion statement: I’m addicted to this turqoise—it’s even on my socks! Maybe my next spring/summer collection will feature this color.
Laneige Power Essential skin refiner light This line of products is quite good for Hong Kong weather as well as my extremely sensitive skin. I’ve used a lot of products that tend to be too heavy for the humidity, but this one is quite nice because it’s dry and fresh.
McCafe Coffee McCafe is just as good as Starbucks. I like it decaf with skimmed milk. I have sleeping problems so I can’t have too much coffee, but I like the taste. Not a lot of places offer decaf but McD’s does!
ASOS Racer Back Tank These tank tops are inexpensive, but they’re great for summertime. They’re very airy and they’re actually quite sexy too. They’re also perfect for Hong Kong weather.
Black Lingzi Bag We name all our bags after people we’ve worked with in the past: models, bloggers, people like that. Lingzi was the first model to use the bag in our pre-launch, so it just kind of stuck.
Beauty & Wellness
Your guide to looking fit and fabulous
Lookin’ Good Summer is already here again, which means it’s high time to start shaping up. Break out of hibernation with some of the high-intensity sessions at LGN (Look Good Naked). There’s a 30-minute LGN Express, a fat-busting class that aims to raise your metabolism with full-body workouts to help you burn calories throughout the day, as well as TRX Circuit, which combines suspension training and cardio to strengthen and tone your body. The full range of services also includes nutrition and results-driven personalized guidance, so you can strip down and show off. 3/F, 50 Stanley St., Central, 6683-2632, www.lgn-fitness.com
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For beauty products and pampering all in one place, check out the newly revamped Faces in Lab Concept. The one-stop shop for beauty goodies now offers a handful of makeup demos and pampering services— think nails, facials, blowouts, the works—so you can ready yourself for a big night out, or simply stop in for some primping while you’re shopping.
Australia’s favorite hair tool brand, GHD (that’s Good Hair Day), launched in Hong Kong late last year, bringing with it a new, innovative hair straightener called the GHD Eclipse. The tech-savvy tool has only one temperature—185°c, said to be optimal for healthy hair styling—so it’s an easy on-off affair. It heats up in just seconds, and the outer shell stays cool to the touch all the while. The List got to test it out, and indeed, the iron’s sleek frame and smart technology creates shiny, lush locks that can withstand Hong Kong’s humidity— even on frizz-prone strands.
Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, Admiralty, 2118-3653, www.labconcepthk.com
$2,559 at select salons, including Paul Gerrard, The Strand and Emmanuel F., www.ghdhair.com
Whatâ€™s In Jack Wills
1. Barrowby Dress
$630 2. Ibstone Clutch
$370 3. Lazenby Sandals
4. Stonefield Overalls
5. Ellington Shorts
$490 6. Alvie Necklace
$160 7. Cheshunt Bag
$750 8. Milby Bag, $430
9. Melrise Bikini
$560 10. Margate Swimsuit
$490 11. Lidston Hat
12. Cadmore Dress
13. Oldbrook Dress
$750 14. Eastfield Backpack
Shop L02, 77 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 3105-1798, www.jackwills.com 13
The Budgeting Bride Planning your wedding and don’t know where to splurge and where to save? Get some inspiration with the help of these real brides, who share their wedding budgeting experiences.
Photo: DM Wedding
Jolene Otremba got married at the Hong Kong Club I’m glad I saved on: The wedding venue. We ended up choosing to get married at a private club as my dad was a member, and not only was the venue intimate and perfect, but the banquet manager was absolutely amazing. We just trusted her so much that we didn’t even choose our cake, she chose it for us! Our wedding was perfect, and at a fraction of the cost of holding it at a hotel. I’m glad I spent on: Our wonderful photographer. Although it cost us almost
one-third of our entire wedding budget, the photographs are
the only thing from our wedding that I still look at a lot. It’s the one thing I will be showing to my kids and hopefully grandkids one day. I wish I’d saved on: The band. Maybe it was just our wedding, but the live
band wasn’t too popular. Most people were more interested in the open bar. I wish I’d spent on: A pre-wedding dinner or an event just for our wedding party who flew in from overseas, which was about 50 percent! We were so wrapped up in all the planning, that we felt we didn’t get a real chance to thank them and play host.
Cat Mak Got Married At Habitu Ristorante The Garden, With A Reception At The Hong Kong Yacht Club I’m glad I saved on: Flowers. We purchased all of our flowers from a wholesaler at the Mong Kok Flower Market and got everything (bride and four bridesmaids’ bouquets, plus five boutonniers) for the same price as a single bouquet at a typical florist. I’m glad I spent on: A free-flow drinks package. Since many of our wedding guests were from out of town, we didn’t want them to have to spend extra on drinks throughout the day. It was well worth it to see everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves. I wish I’d spent on: Our invites. We designed everything and printed them
through a local printer. It saved us loads of money but it was so stressful at times.
Photos: Seksan Manee
Sofia Taylor got married on Lipa Noi beach in Koh Samui I’m glad I saved on: My makeup. I decided to do my own as I think some makeup artists have a tendency to pile too much on and, as a result, I looked more like myself. I’m glad I spent on: Photography. We chose an amazing photographer who was a little pricier than most, but it paid off as we now have hundreds of beautiful photos that we’ll treasure forever. I wish I’d saved on: Shoes. I’m only 5 feet tall while my husband is 6 foot, so I bought towering four-inch wedge heels. But on the day I discovered I couldn’t actually walk in them on the beach and had to go barefoot! I wish I’d spent on: More champagne! Wine and champagne are very pricey in
Thailand, so we opted for one champagne toast and offered our guests beer and cocktails for the rest of the night. But then again, we didn’t have any complaints from guests.
Photo: Jon Lau
Fifi Kirstein got married at St. Margaret Mary’s Church with a reception at 8th Estate Winery I’m glad I saved on: Hair and makeup. Myself and the bridesmaids helped each other out with both, and it meant we all looked like ourselves—and could do touch-ups ourselves too! I wish I’d saved on: Corkage, but honestly I would have rather we paid more and
included our special wine—we got engaged at a vineyard! I wish I’d spent on: A special lunch before the wedding for the bridesmaids and
my family. Then gotten ready and headed to the church.
Jenny Au got married at The Peninsula Hong Kong I’m glad I saved on: My traditional Chinese tea ceremony “kwa”. Despite that little bit inside me which wanted to purchase the dress, I felt that realistically I wouldn’t know what to do with it after the wedding. Hiring was the cheaper option. I’m glad I spent on: An awesome team of wedding planners. With my planners at Bliss Creations, we were able to plan our wedding without us actually being in Hong Kong and of course, on the big day, I was one relaxed and happy bride. I wish I’d saved on: Invitations. Well actually, that would be my husband’s comment not mine. Although a pricey item on our list, I loved the customized invitations which set the color theme.
Vica Chan got married at Pak Lee Café Since 1964 in Sheung Wan (now closed) I’m glad I saved on: My wedding gown. I bought three gowns on [Chinese shopping site] Taobao, and they cost about $1,500 combined. They all looked elegant, and no guest at my wedding banquet realized they were from Taobao until I told them.
Photo: Derek Photography
Krystal Chiu got married at St. Margaret’s Church I’m glad I saved on: Banquet decorations. We decided to keep it simple and classic and I’m really glad—we were so busy that day, we didn’t even have a chance to look at it until the photos came out! I’m glad I spent on: An amazing videographer. He captured beautiful moments from all angles and produced a very sweet wedding day highlight video. My mum still watches it from time to time! I wish I’d saved on: Nothing! A great tip I would like to share with all brides-tobe is from early on in the wedding planning, spend some time in a heart-to-heart session with your fiancé. We shared our top three priorities for our wedding (mine was wedding gown, video and music!) which helped set our budget. We worked our way through the other aspects and managed to stay pretty close to our budget and expectations.
I’m glad I spent on: Photo : Yanko Getting little props for the v Won g guests to take photos with during the wedding banquet. We bought fake flowers and masks for guests to take fun pictures, instead of ordinary (and boring) family group photos, where everybody stands around the couple. I wish I’d saved on: Hiring a makeup artist for my pre-wedding photos. I had the makeup artist with me the whole day, hoping for her to do touch-ups whenever necessary, but most of the time she just stood there playing with her phone.
Photos: Iamyu Photography
May lynn Funnell got married at Kam Hei Garden, Sai Kung I’m glad I saved on: Everything! We did a DIY wedding as we wanted everything to be personalized and very “us” and our money went so much further—the biggest saver was the invitations. We sourced our booze from suppliers so we had too much in the end! I’m glad I spent on: A videographer. My best friend didn’t have one and she regretted being able to watch the day again as it really does go by in a blur. I wish I’d saved on: My dress. I got so caught up on the “perfect dress” that I spent a small fortune and now it’s sitting pretty in a box. I wish I’d spent on: My wedding band. I upgraded a year later. You wear it forever (hopefully) so you’ve got to love it!
Photo: Jeni Smith
Mark Naismith got married at City Hall I wish I’d spent on: A better “on-the-day” photographer/videographer. His photos were crappy compared to our pre-wedding guy. He was using a 35mm film camera. And the videographer was using a VHS camcorder to record everything—I got married in 2006, and VHS and film were already outdated then. I was pissed! Also, a better suit for myself. My wife looked gorgeous in all of her dresses... I looked like a schmuck in a cheap suit.
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Blush Bridal Couture
wedding reception. Wedding gowns start from $15,000 for retail, and $4,500 for rental.
Europe, offering a huge range of wedding and evening gowns, as well as a selection of bridesmaid dresses and veils for sale. A full-length wedding gown starts at $15,000. Looking for flower girl dresses too? The owner also recently launched Pompom, a designer shop stocking girls’ clothing from US and European labels. Dresses for special occasions range from $900 to $2,900.
4/F, Kai Kwong House, 13 Wyndham St., Central, 2850-7255, www.acaciawedding.com
Anaiss On Weddings
Acacia Wedding Looking for the perfect designer gown? Acacia Wedding ensures that each and every bride can find a dress that speaks to her, with a hand-picked collection of imported designer gowns. Brands include Claudine By Alyce from the United States and Bellice from the UK, to name just a few. Acacia also provides a selection of evening gowns for all occasions, from glamorous ball events to your own
Established more than 10 years ago, Anaiss On Weddings is headed by AsianCanadian designer Anca C, who aims to bring brides-to-be the romantic and feminine gowns of their dreams. Her latest “J’adore” collection is inspired by spring romance, which is evident in the delicately handcrafted lace embroidery and crystal-beaded butterflies, as well as the flowers on textured organza gowns. Anaiss On Weddings’ collections of gowns are made-to-measure, starting from $8,000 for wedding gowns and $5,800 for evening gowns. It also provides a rental service ranging from $5,800 to $6,800 for selected wedding gowns, including drycleaning and alteration—a perfect bet for budgeting brides who don’t want to deal with storing the gown after the wedding. 3/F, Tak Woo House, 17-19 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2522-2030, www.anaissonweddings.com
Blush Bridal Couture Blush Bridal only stocks from top designers from the US, Canada and
Blush Bridal Couture: Suite 7B, Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham St., Central, 2899-2739, www.blushbridalcouture.com Pompom Little Couture: Shop E, G/F, 39-41 Caine Rd., Mid-Levels, 2833-6657, www.pompomlittlecouture.com
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Central Weddings and Occasions
323 Des Voeux Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2130-9875, tiny.cc/hk-chinoiserie
Located in The Landmark, this bridal salon offers exquisite gowns ranging from fluffy ballroom dresses to romantic, lacy numbers. The collection includes the work of a number of talented designers such as Christos and Marchesa, to name just a few. Consultants are available to help you find the perfect gown, so make sure to call in advance to set up an appointment.
Shop 3510, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2869-8666, www.centralweddings.com
Chinoiserie With more than 10 years of experience up its sleeve, Chinoiserie provides drop-dead gorgeous wedding gowns and contemporary qipaos, all made in its intimate studio in Western Market. With a great understanding of the Hong Kong spirit, it provides custommade gowns and accessories with an oriental flair; Chinoiserie also a one-stop shop for wedding styling services, pre-wedding and wedding day photography, and even wedding stationery, flowers and decoration. Call for an appointment in advance. Shop 7-8, G/F, Western Market,
From gowns to tuxedos, cheongsams to cocktail dresses, Cocoon Bridal provides attire for every aspect of your big day. Having served Hong Kong brides for more than a decade, the outlet provides stylish, elegant designs with your choice of high-quality fabrics and embellishments, and production and tailoring is all done by their team of experienced tailors in Hong Kong. Professional consultations are available, but be sure to make an appointment in advance. 6/F, O.T.B. Building, 259-265 Des Voeux Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 2577-2122, www.cocoonbridal.com
Dear Deer Bridal For something off the beaten track, give Dear Deer Bridal a try. Located in the New Territories, it provides ample space and an even larger collection of its own unique designs, as well as plenty of imported options for rental or sale—gowns start at $10,000 to buy. Whether you want to support a local designer at your wedding or if you just want a one-stop shop (Dear Deer has accessories and shoes as well) for the big day, Dear Deer’s got your back. 9A, Mai On Industrial Building, 17-21 Kung Yip St., Kwai Chung, 3590-2519, www. deardeerbridal.com
Dorian Ho Wedding Hong Kong’s very own fashion star, Dorian Ho showcases his elegant readyto-wear collections and subtly sexy eveningwear at his Harvey Nichols outlet in the Landmark. For custom-made wedding gowns or looks from his eastmeet-west line, D’Orient, you have to make an appointment at the showroom in San Po Kong, where you can also shop for vintage and modern tiaras and wedding jewelry, as well as bespoke veils in a variety of fabrics. The bespoke gowns start from $20,000. By appointment only. 12/F, Block A, 106 King Fuk St., San Po Kong, 2321-3288, www.dorianohk.com
Elysian Bridal Couture
Dress Up Established in 2011, Dress Up provides floral lace dresses, bridal gowns and maxi dresses at half-off the usual rack rates. The brand was originally internet-based, but has since opened up a 1,300-square-foot retail shop in Sheung Wan so that you can try on dresses in person before taking the plunge. There are 200 styles of evening dress and 500 cocktail dresses, plus lots of wedding options, so it’s a great place to shop if you’re looking to bag a deal on designer dress for any occasion. 8/F, 50 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 9143-0313, www.dress-up.com.hk
Elysian Bridal Couture If you’re looking for something otherworldly, perhaps Elysian Bridal will have what you’re after. This boutique stocks an expansive list of international brand names, and each gown is personally chosen and purchased during visits to Europe and the US. It’s an authorized retailer of brands, including Claire Pettibone, Lazaro and Zuhair Murad bridal (part of Elysian’s Luxe collection). It also exclusively sells American labels Henry Roth, Michelle Roth, Blush by Hayley
and evening dresses— the boutique’s specialty lies in its gorgeous luxury gowns. Carrying a wide array of gowns from internationally acclaimed designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, J Mendel, Carolina Herrera and Ines Di Santo, this wedding boutique is the place to go for the latest in high-end wedding attire. Trinity Bridal is by appointment only, so make sure to call ahead to receive a consultation. 8, W Place, 52 Wyndham St., 2978-3987, www.trinitybridal.com.hk
Vivian Luk Atelier L’une Wedding
Paige, Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta and Canta Bella; you can’t find these brands anywhere else in Hong Kong. Elysian also carries evening gowns and luxury bridal shoes and accessories. Designer bridal gowns start at $12,000, while gowns from the Luxe collection sell at $30,000 and up. 15/F, 168 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2352-0823, www.elysianbridal.com
Hitched! In the last few years, Hitched! has become one of the more popular names in luxury bridal boutiques in Hong Kong. The roomy and elegant 1,400-squarefoot shop makes trying on dresses a fun experience for all brides-to-be. It stocks some of the biggest and edgiest international bridal labels, including Augusta Jones, David Fielden and Amanda Garrett, evening gowns by redcarpet mainstay ML Monique Lhuillier, and veils by Sara Gabriel. Bridal gowns start from $23,000, and evening gowns range from $3,800 to $9,800.
as a talented crew who can custommake the dress of your dreams. In addition, L’une provides a tailor-made service for hair accessories and veils, and is preparing to launch an in-store collection in the near future. Wedding gowns start from $8,000, but it also offers insanely affordable rental packages for wedding and evening gown combos starting from $5,888. 11/F, Tung Fai Building, 27A Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2110-3822
Noel Chu Wedding Gallery An esteemed local wedding dress designer, Noel Chu creates unique one-of-a-kind gowns that are enhanced with European fabrics and focus on your personality and personal style. Her acclaimed gowns can be modified into party dresses after the big day to fit future occasions. Noel focuses on tailormade couture and styling services with gown prices going for about $28,000. By appointment only.
Room 1501-2, Hing Lung Commercial Building, 68-74 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, 2815-8330, www.hitchedbridal.com
Shop 1102, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2380-6381, www.noelchuwedding.com
One of the newer wedding salons in town, L’une currently offers retail and rental services for gowns, as well
Although Trinity Bridal offers more than just wedding dresses—look for the collection of stunning shoes, veils
Having previously worked with Vera Wang in New York, designing dresses for some of the most iconic red carpet celebrities, Vivian Luk decided to go solo in 2008 and set up her eponymous label in Hong Kong. You can bring in your own design ideas for Vivian to work from, or select from her in-house collection of gowns with signature lace and floral embellishments and fine tailoring. For a custom design, prices start from $60,000 with a design fee starting from $5,000, and for a dress fit to measure, prices start from $40,000. Mezzanine, 13-15 Yik Yam St., Happy Valley, 2891-8311, www.vivianluk.com
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La Comme Vintage Wedding Bridal La Comme mainly sells vintage wedding gowns, but it also provides gown rental services. Not sure about wearing something worn by somebody else? It also offers tailor-made dresses in vintage styles and cuts for brides who want “something new” with an old-fashioned twist. For a free fitting, make sure to call in advance to set up an appointment. Room 503, 5/F, Causeway Bay Centre, 15-23 Sugar St., Causeway Bay, 9207-7637, tiny.cc/ thelist-lacomme
Looking for Something Old? For timeless beauty on your wedding day, why not don an oldschool wedding gown, or even a breathtaking vintage veil? Here’s where you can find vintage gowns in Hong Kong.
Miss Bride All the designer dresses found at Miss Bride Wedding Shop are hand-picked
from all over the world, for sale or rental. It’s also an exclusive retailer of internationally renowned brands Alvina Valenta and Carol Hannah Whitfield, Sareh Nouri, Hayley Paige and Love Yu in Hong Kong. Miss Bride also carries a great selection of dazzling accessories from Sara Gabriel, Twigs and Honey, and Untamed Petals. One of the shop’s best quirks, however, is that it’s a staunch believer in vintage, providing a friendly platform where brides can find rare and vintage pieces—whether you’re looking for a 70s lace gown or a headpiece from the 40s. Miss Bride can also help you
Constance, the owner of Mrs Vintage, sources gorgeous vintage wedding gowns, dresses and outfits from the US and Europe from the early 1900s through to the 90s. Each dress sold at Mrs Vintage is one of a kind, and ranges in price from $2,000 to $5,800— a steal for a truly unique and classy gown! Apart from that, Mrs Vintage also carries timeless vintage headpieces and jewelry, all of which you can browse on the online shop or at the showroom in Sai Ying Pun. 903B, 9/F, Kaiser Centre, 18 Centre St., Sai Ying Pun, 9784-8124 (Constance, the owner), www.mrs-vintage.com
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Ana Makeup With an International Certificate of Aesthetics from the Elysées Marbeuf school of beauty, Ana Darmon is a qualified makeup artist who strives to give brides a fresh and elegant look. Her makeup has been featured in top fashion magazines such as Elle Asia, Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Currently working as the makeup artist for the Korean brand VGL, she predominately uses VGL products. Please note however that Darmon only does makeup and not hair. Prices start at $2,200. 9385-9445, email@example.com, www.anamakeup.com
Joey Tang As one of Hong Kong’s leading bridal makeup artists, Joey Tang is truly passionate about helping brides look and feel their best on the big day. In 2012, she founded the bridal makeup workshop, Joeytang.Bridal, offering bridal makeup and hairstyling services. Her makeup is applied to last the whole day, and her techniques seek to accentuate a bride’s natural beauty. She uses lots of top-shelf brands, including MAC, Shu Uemura and Bobbi Brown. There are a variety of price plans on offer; a makeup trial for two looks costs $580.
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Délice Makeup Founded by Joey Tang (see previous listing) and several other makeup artists in 2012, Délice Makeup focuses on bridal makeup and hair services with customized wedding packages. Aiming to craft an elegant wedding look for brides, Tang and her team heighten a bride’s beauty without making her feel unnatural. Makeup brands used include MAC, Make Up For Ever and Dior. A full day service (14 hours) with unlimited makeup and hairstyling costs $6,880. 9869-2969, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/delicemakeupgroup
Elaw Wong Dedicated to making brides look and feel beautiful, Elaw Wong goes to great lengths to ensure the bride’s skin is at its best—even providing a mask treatment for that perfect glow. With extensive experience working with celebrities on fashion shows and at weddings, Wong has the ability to create a natural, elegant and modern look for brides that highlights their best features. She uses makeup products such as Nars, YSL and Clé de Peau. Bridal makeup and hair
A spa with professional makeup and hair services for brides, Flawless even includes a dress rehearsal. With a thorough skin and makeup consultation, Flawless closely collaborates with the brides to ensure they look fabulous on the day. A wedding makeup trial (90mins) ranges from $950 to $1,300, while a hair trial (45mins) is $550 to $750. For makeup and hair-styling on the day, prices start at $1,000 and $550 respectively. 4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2869-5868, www.flawless.hk.com
Kalamakeup A makeup artist agency consisting of founder Ka Lam Chu and her team of talented makeup artists, Kalamakeup’s bridal service is recommended by the city’s leading wedding planners and photographers. With experience working with famous fashion brands such as Chanel and Gucci, Kalamakeup creates a glowing, natural bridal look. Makeup brands include La Mer, MAC, and Maquillage. Prices range from $1,880 to $18,880, depending on what you’re looking for. 9757-4220, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kalamakeup-agency.com
Make Up By Tiffany Wong Makeup artist Tiffany Wong has worked with models from top modeling agencies, and is committed to perfecting your bridal look. With a makeup style that emphasizes natural beauty, she uses high-quality cosmetics, such as Dior and Bobbi Brown. An attentive listener, she is
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always keen to work with the client to get the perfect look. Various bridal packages are offered, including a whole day package for $12,800, and a makeup and hair styling trial service for $1,000. 9604-5977, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/MakeUpByTiffanyWong
Saint Warren With bridal makeup as one of his specialties, Saint Warren has a broad knowledge and excellent technical skills in the art of makeup. Having worked with MAC Cosmetics for nine years, he primarily uses MAC makeup products. His signature style is flawless skin along with perfect liquid eyeliner and a statement red lip that matches your skin tone. He charges $1,200 for bridal makeup ($500 for trial and $700 on the day). 6295-7625, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saintwarren.com
Smudge Make-up Artistry Jaime Smith, who works under the name Smudge Make-up Artistry, has wide-ranging knowledge when it comes to makeup—from color concepts to making the most of your facial features, Smith has the ability to make any woman glow with confidence and beauty. She prefers using high-end makeup brands such as Chanel, YSL and Bobbi Brown. For bridal makeup trials, she charges $1,200 and for the bridal makeup on the day, prices start at $1,500.
Qureshi is also an experienced beauty therapist. Believing that no two skin complexions are identical, she blends her own foundation for every customer. She uses brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Gucci and YSL. Hair and makeup trials cost $1,200, with on-the-day makeup and hair costing $2,500. Suite 01-03, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2524-1272, www.spabpz.com
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Airport World Trade Centre Club The airport might not be the first wedding spot that springs to mind, but the Airport World Trade Centre Club is actually home to a spacious terrace. It’s a boutique space that can host up to 100 people, plus there’s a great Chinese restaurant inside that can arrange catering and cocktails. 7/F, Airport World Trade Centre, T2, Hong Kong International Airport, 1 Sky Plaza Rd., Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, 3960-1320, www.wtchkia.com
Auberge Discovery Bay A romantic seaside chapel awaits at the recently opened Auberge Discovery Bay. With Lantau’s lush mountains as a backdrop, the ocean-front hotel offers photogenic scenery that’s far removed
from the buzzing city. And after you tie the knot in the striking 16-metertall White Chapel? You can trot off in a horse-drawn carriage, or sail off into the sunset on a boat. No, seriously, Auberge’s event planners will help you plan the ceremony down to every last idiosyncratic touch. Should you want to take the party indoors, there’s a 702-square-meter ballroom that can house up to 700 people for celebratory cocktails. Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau, 2295-8288, www.aubergediscoverybay.com
Hong Kong Tramways For a unique and intimate setting, hop aboard a vintage Hong Kong “ding ding”. You can fit up to about 25 people on the double-decker versions, and the open-air rooftops promise fresh air and an awesome city backdrop where you’re in the middle of it all. Hire the red trams for $1,400-1,750 per hour, though we suggest you arrange your own catering. 2118-6301, www.hktramways.com
Hooray If you have your heart set on city skylines, then check out Hooray Bar’s
outdoor terrace. The urban chic rooftop lounge is known for its awesome skyscraper views, and its location— smack in the middle of Causeway Bay—is hard to beat. Aside from the view, Hooray serves up Japanese and Italian cuisine, or you can arrange a bespoke menu. Room P502, 5/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 2895-0885, www.jcgroup.hk
LCSD Wedding Venues Yep, that’s right, the Hong Kong government has designated six public areas for wedding ceremonies, including the pretty garden pavilion on the west side of Repulse Bay Beach, the Bauhinia Garden in Kowloon Tsai Park, Tai Po waterfront’s ampitheatre, Sai Kung’s Waterfront Park and the bamboo pavilion in the Kowloon Walled City. In order to book one of these spots, you have to plan within the park’s opening hours (Tai Po is open till 11pm, while Repulse Bay Beach closes at 5pm), as well as pay a hiring fee (from $2,500 for the first four hours). You’ll also have to submit an application at least two months ahead of time, though a year is recommended. The rest is up to you! www.lcsd.gov.hk/wedding
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Palm Beach Teepee Village
For something a little different, you can get hitched at Palm Beach Teepee Village on Lantau Island. This scenic spot counts mountains, forests and six kilometers of beach among its photoworthy surrounds—and you can rent it out for four-hour time slots. If you want to rent the entire place, rates start at $11,300, plus a surcharge if the party lasts past 7pm. The 20,000-squarefoot lawn area comes complete with American Indian-style teepee tents, which are available for overnight stays for $620-3,600, depending on tent size.
Nothing reeks of romance quite like sailing off into the sunset. For lovesick seafarers, Saffron Cruises hosts wedding ceremonies aboard its luxury ships, while a wedding coordinator arranges a minister, flowers, photographer, the cake and a full reception.
Palm Beach, Lantau Island, 2980-4822, www.palmbeach.com.hk
Regal Hotel For a wedding that’s both beautiful and convenient for traveling family, look to the Regal Hotel, which is right by the airport. There’s a huge pillarless ballroom with 5.3-meter-high ceilings, which can accommodate up to 1,500 people for cocktails, plus a big beautiful outdoor space should you wish to go alfresco. The event team here can take care of everything from top to bottom, from decorations to floral arrangements, limos to honeymoon suites. Wedding packages start from about $8,000. 9 Cheong Tat Rd., Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, 2286-8888, www.regalhotel.com
hotel will provide a sampan in case you want to have a photo shoot on the water. Plus, you can feel good about spending money at this not-for-profit property, since all proceeds go towards the heritage conservation and the Tai O community. Expect to have an intimate gathering though, as the capacity is limited to 30 to 60 guests. Shek Tsai Po St., Tai O, Lantau, 2985-8383, www.taioheritagehotel.com
Spasso The 6,000-square-foot space at Italian restaurant Spasso offers awesome views of Victoria Harbour, making it a top choice for alfresco weddings. The terrace can seat up to 100 people, or about 200 for cocktails—but it’s nice to have the indoor area as a backup in case it rains on the big day. You can arrange for special menus, canapés, drinks and décor—just ask Spasso’s events team. Shops G5-8 & 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-8027, www.spassoristorante-bar.com.hk
Tai O Heritage Hotel This colonial retreat adds a touch of timelessness to your nuptials. With seaside views on one side and the hotel’s striking white façade on the other, it’s hard to take a bad photo at this historic address. To add a touch of Chinese culture to the big day, the
The Verandah The Verandah at The Repulse Bay Hotel is a laid-back yet sophisticated venue with an airy dining room and sea-view outdoor terrace. The colonialstyle spot has been around since 1920, and you can feel the history oozing from the dark woods and marble stairways. The outdoor lawn, which looks beautiful on its own, can host 400 people—a romantic and timeless choice that’s immensely popular with couples. The Repulse Bay is managed by The Peninsula, so you can expect top-notch service. The Repulse Bay Hotel, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., Repulse Bay,2292-2822, www.therepulsebay.com
The Pawn For an open-air venue with a romantic vintage feel, look into The Pawn’s intimate rooftop. Formerly a pawnshop, the British gastropub has a charming terrace that can hold up to 200 guests for cocktails, plus there’s more space on the second floor for private dining. And, of course, your wedding meal doesn’t have to consist
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of Scotch eggs: the chefs here can whip up custom menus tailored to your tastes. The minimum spending for a rooftop wedding at The Pawn ranges from roughly $40,000-55,000. 62 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2866-3444, www.thepawn.com.hk
United Services Recreation Club Opened in 1911, the United Services Recreation Club was once home to a British military club. Today, it’s mainly used for recreation, sports and lots of events. For a wedding venue, it checks all the boxes: a pretty outdoor garden, lovely architecture, historical appeal, versatile menus and lots of space—all while being surprisingly affordable. When you book the $600 per guest dinner package, which includes freeflow drinks, there’s no venue hire fee. The manicured lawns can handle up to 250 for dinner or 450 guests for cocktails, so you don’t have to skimp on invites. 1 Gascoigne Rd., Jordan, 3966-8633, www.usrc.org.hk
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Bespoke Bottles Want your wine bottles to be overflowing with personality? Design some custom bottles with help from The Private Wine Company. Whether they’re in lieu of a wedding invitation, for drinking on the night or as a special way to say thank you, bespoke wine labels can add something special and lasting to your celebration. Choose from a favorite photo, an artist’s work or even a personal doodle—whatever best reflects your personalities. As far as the actual wine goes, you have a choice of Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Half-size bottles are also available, but do keep in mind that you need to budget three weeks from the date of your order.
If you’re looking for delicate, one-of-a-kind accessories for your wedding day, Down The Aisle Design is a locally owned Etsy online store offering a range of headpieces, clips and silk flowers for special occasions. Each piece is handmade by owner Rachel Sung, featuring the likes of intricate floral bands decorated tastefully with pearls and Swarovski crystals. Pieces go from as low as $400, up to around $2,000.
Looking for fun and memorable edible wedding favors? You’ll be
able to let your imagination run wild at Since Rm 1409. The cakes here are designed to capture your personality and are priced according to weight and design difficulty. Flavors on offer are classic chocolate and vanilla, with a variety of different creams to top the cake off, from raspberry to passion fruit. Cupcakes, macaroons, cake pops and cookies are also available—in case you want to add some statement sweets to your wedding center pieces. Visits by appointment only.
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Big Bashes Inviting everyone and their mother to the big day? Here are three colossal venues big enough for your entire extended family.
Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre It’s not the most romantic of venues, but you can’t deny the sheer size of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre—plus the harbor backdrop is a nice addition to otherwise pretty corporate surrounds. For added convenience, the center is attached to the Grand Hyatt and the Renaissance Harbour View, which means there are thousands of rooms within minutes, which might be necessary if you book out the largest banquet room—the Grand
The InterCon’s views of the harbor
Hall, which accommodates up to 1,800 guests. Whether you’re after a westernstyle bash or a Chinese banquet, you can have a bespoke menu created by the convention center’s restaurants, with prices starting at $9,388 per table.
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 2582-1111, www.wedding.hkcec.com
The InterContinental Book the InterContinental Ballroom which, at a sprawling 839 square meters, is the
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largest in Hong Kong. You can have up to 1,300 guests for cocktails or 720 for dinner. Freshman year roommate? Your stepmom’s fourth-cousin twice removed? Invite ‘em all. Aside from the luxury of space, the ballroom is also equipped with state-of-the-art tech touches and super-high ceilings and chandeliers. Continuously voted as one of Hong Kong’s top wedding venues, the InterCon is hard to beat when it comes to grand occasions. 18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721-1211, www.hongkong-ic. intercontinental.com
Lending its fashion-forward and avantgarde vibes to its wedding services, The Mira is home to one of the largest pillarless ballrooms in the city, with a capacity of 800 for cocktails or 600 seated. The event planners here can put together blowout parties without breaking a sweat, thanks in part to the signature wedding setups that have been designed by event planner Colin Cowie. If you’re getting hitched this year, you’re in luck, as The Mira is currently rocking a 5th Anniversary campaign with a new set-up called “Air of Allure”—which features whimsical décor and big, dazzling centerpieces, as well as a choice of free upgrades when you book a wedding banquet—think complimentary house wine, a free night for the newlyweds or a prewedding shoot in the Grand Mira Suite. 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-5688, www.themirahotel.com
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Joyce Yung Productions Professional photographer and founder of Random Art Workshop, Joyce Yung has plenty of experience with various kinds of shoots, from product shots to fashion editorials to, of course, weddings. Backed by a strong team of lighting, visual and production experts, and with a welcoming photo studio, your imagination can run free. Unit 6, 20/F, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok St., Ap Lei Chau, 9248-9986, www.joyceyung.com
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Ann Choi Ann Choi honed her craft in Germany and the US, and produces truly original wedding portraits. She lets the moment speak for itself, producing natural, candid shots rather than stuffy, posed photographs. For pre-wedding shots, she uses unique backdrops around the city to create fun, contemporary wedding albums. Check out her extensive portfolio online. A whole-day shoot costs $40,000 and up, while an overseas shoot is $50,000 and up for 10 hours. G/F, 29 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, 2866-8674, www.annchoi.com
CM Leung This award-winning photographer is a member of the Wedding Photojournalists Association. His naturalistic shots are the perfect way to capture your big day. He enjoys creating original perspectives and backdrops that capture the emotion and atmosphere of your special moments. By appointment only. 4/F, 21 Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 8334-1317, www.cmleung.com
Dennis Mok With more than a decade of photography experience, Dennis Mok specializes in wedding portraits, using a mix of candid
and posed shots to capture your special day. He has shot more than 1,000 couples from around the world, and includes engagement and prewedding shoots in his repertoire. Check his website for examples of his work. Unit 602, 6/F, Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 8106-8024, www.dennismok.com
Melanie Adamson Canadian photographer Melanie Adamson has been shooting weddings in Hong Kong for years. She is known for her candid, creative shoots that capture the true spirit of the occasion, and she also offers wedding collages, cards and canvases. Adamson is also available for studio and location shoots for a range of different types of photography.
Don’t be put off by the company name—Your Overseas Wedding does offer wedding photography here in Hong Kong, as well as many destinations around the world. Packages including a videographer are available, as well as pre-wedding shoots. Look out for the monthly overseas shoot promotions. This month, it’s offering a Guam package for $29,800, including direct flights and accommodation for the happy couple for two nights. Unit 216-217 and 268, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 8102-2243, www.youroverseaswedding.com
Philip Tsang Photography Award-winning photographer Philip Tsang captures touching and profound moments with an artistic eye, and the quality of his work is indisputable. See website for rates. Studio 4B, 285 Des Voeux Rd. Central, Sheung Wan, 9688-7461, www. philipphoto.com
Jada Poon Photography With experience in Hong Kong and Sydney, photographer Jada Poon brings a fresh perspective to traditional wedding photographs by focusing on the importance of human connections as well as a romantic atmosphere. Standard and tailor-made photography packages are available. 9106-0066, www.jadapoonphotography.com
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Wedding Picture Production Kelvin Wong at Wedding Picture Production only does one wedding per day, so you’ll have the team’s undivided attention. WPP also offers a wedding
After many years working in the fashion industry, Zosia Zacharia took to life behind the lens. A film photographer, Zacharia primarily shoots wedding and engagement photos. She manages to capture timeless and artistic moments, and has traveled across the globe, from Australia to Phuket to Hong Kong, for photo shoots. Check out her website for examples of her work. 6354-9740, www.zosiazacharia.com
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Get a Good Night’s Sleep It’s easy to forget this, but sleep works wonders. On your wedding day, you’ll have to be up bright and early to get ready and you’ll pretty much be on your feet all day, so getting good, quality rest the night before will ensure you look your best during the day, instead of a grumpy, tired bride who’s fed up with cameras flashing in her face.
Practice Makes Perfect Everyone has a favorite angle when having photos taken. Before your big day, be sure to practice—in front of the mirror or in actual photos—to see what works best for you.
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Body Tricks There are some commonly known tricks that often work well in photographs. Try standing with half your body turned away from the camera, while balancing your weight on your back foot.
Good Lighting Never underestimate the importance of good lighting on your big day. Your photographer should be able to help you with this, but the rule of thumb is to ensure the venue or location where your photos are taken is well-lit. If your budget allows, consider hiring lighting specialists.
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Wing Wah Embroidery Wing Wah Embroidery has given the traditional kwa a bit of a facelift to accommodate modern tastes. While the traditional gown is more demure, Wing Wah offers a slimmer, more figure-hugging fit. You can also pick up matching shoes, accessories, decorations and Chinese tea sets. G16, Golden Plaza, 745 Nathan Rd., Prince Mei Wah Clothing
Kwa Most people are familiar with the traditional Chinese cheongsam, but for the wedding tea ceremony, Chinese brides wear a kwa, a bright red jacket and floor-length skirt, embroidered with lucky motifs. One common pattern is a phoenix and a dragon, which represents the bride and the groom. A good-quality kwa can be pricey, so these days many brides choose to rent, rather than purchase them. Otherwise, you may choose to borrow a kwa from a friend or family member with a long and happy marriage—the idea being that some of her good fortune may rub off on you.
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This wedding-themed shopping center is three stories of small stallholders offering everything you could possibly need for your wedding—Chinese or western. There are some great bargains to be had here, from laisee packets, invitation cards and gift favors, to flower girl dresses, costume jewelry, fascinators,
ostrich quill pens, ring pillows, shoes and more. It’s particularly worthwhile if you’re looking for Chinese wedding accessories, as many shops here will sell auspicious decorations, “Double Happiness” tea sets, red and gold accessories, embroidered shoes and more. There are many shops here that rent and sell kwas, cheongsams and evening dresses. 745-747 Nathan Rd., Prince Edward
Koon Nam Wah This popular shop sells kwas, cheongsams and western-style wedding dresses, though kwas remain the specialty. You can also check out the photo gallery of the male traditional dress, which is admittedly rather less elegant. Through Koon Nam Wah, you can also get an expert to choose an auspicious wedding day, or hire an on-the-day Chinese wedding coordinator— traditionally the job of an older woman—to ensure that the various customs and rites are properly carried out. G-1/F, 345 Hennessey Rd., Wan Chai, 2893-8126, www.koonnamwah.com.hk
Lucky Embroidery Established in 1973, Lucky Embroidery is one of the few shops to still specialize in hand-embroidered kwas; most modern stores have adopted machine embroidery.
Edward, 2381-3623, www.wingwah.com.hk
Chinese Wedding Cakes When wedding invitations are sent out, it is customary for the marrying couple to also give out traditional sweet pastries. Many Chinese-style bakeries around town specialize in these cakes, which come in a variety of flavors, such as lotus seed paste, mung bean, walnut and assorted nuts. They are always given in boxes of four, six or eight to symbolize pairs. However, if you only give two cakes, it means that you are not planning to invite those guests to the wedding.
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Kee Wah Bakery
This famous Chinese bakery is extremely popular for its selection of Chinese wedding cakes, which come attractively packaged in auspicious red boxes. If you’re having a western wedding but would like a Chinese touch, check out the selection of table gifts, which are individual heart-shaped wedding cakes in cute individual tins. If you would like to learn more about Chinese
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wedding traditions, Kee Wah also has an interesting section on website that takes you through the various aspects of the ceremony. If you don’t want to lug around enormous boxes of cakes, it also offers gift vouchers for added convenience. Outlets citywide, including Shop 2, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2520-2029, www.keewah.com
Yue Hwa Chinese Products This emporium of China-made products has an entire section devoted to ready-towear cheongsams for women of all ages and sizes. Prices vary hugely depending on the material and design. The department store also has its own in-house cheongsam sifu who can tailor-make cheongsams for you, should you want to go bespoke. 309 Nathan Rd., Jordan, 3511-2222, www.yuehwa.com
Usually worn as one of several costume changes at the evening reception, the cheongsam, a traditional Chinese formal dress, can be tailored to suit just about any taste. Red is the traditional color for weddings, and most brides will choose a looser fit and a more demure side vent for a family occasion. For guests, however, the only limit is your own creativity— have fun with hemlines, sleeves, clasps and fabric—but stay away from red (unless you’re the bride), white or black (which are unlucky at Chinese weddings).
In Chinese tradition, it is considered lucky for the bride’s family to give the bride gold jewelry for when she begins her married life. Sometimes this is bought new, and sometimes it is passed down from mother or grandmother to daughter. It can be a good opporunitiy for families to show off their wealth by loading their daughter down with necklaces and bangles. The tradition, however, is as pragmatic as it is showy—if the couple falls on hard times, the wife can sell her jewelry.
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This long-standing cheongsam shop on Cochrane Street remains a popular destination for special occasion cheongsams. It also has a ready-to-wear section if you’re pushed for time. 38 Cochrane St., Central, 2544-2456.
Mei Wah Clothing This 80-year-old cheongsam tailor shop has a long waiting list and a stellar reputation. Proprietor Mr. Kan Hon-wing learned the craft from his father and grandfather, and specializes in demure wedding dresses, as well as formal occasion wear for older ladies. Prices start at around $3,300 for a basic gown and orders take roughly three months to complete. If you don’t speak Cantonese, it’s advisable to bring a friend to interpret.
Emphasis Jewellery It’s not exactly hard to find gold wedding jewelry in Hong Kong—all the big jewelry shops have an extensive bridal collection— but Emphasis manages to combine traditional auspicious characters and symbols with style. Prices start at $3,720 for the earrings, going up to $30,300 for the ornate cloud-patterned necklace. Outlets citywide, including Shop 139, L1, Pacific Place, Admiralty, 3107-0260, www.emphasis.com.
Attending a Chinese Wedding? Here are five insider tips for first-timers. • Don’t be surprised to see guests in jeans and sneakers. While close family members may dress up, many will just come as they are. If you’re worried about the dress code, take the venue as a clue. You can get away with smart-casual at a seafood restaurant, whereas a banquet at a five-star hotel will be more formal. • Serving oranges at the end of a banquet is a sign that it’s OK to leave. So don’t be shocked when everyone gets up and departs en masse once the citrus hits the table. • For Chinese weddings, it is customary to give cash—partly to help pay for the banquet— so leave that juicer on the department store shelf. If you’re not sure how much to give, find out the cost of the banquet per table, and divide by 12 to get a ballpark figure. If either of the marrying couple works for you, give generously. Don’t dip below $500 per guest no matter how distantly you know the couple. • Eat before you go. With all the photo-taking and ceremonies going on, you might not be served dinner until pretty late. • Forget unobtrusive photojournalism. Everyone will be expected to take a portraitstyle photo with the bride and groom as a memento of the evening. Say cheese!
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In addition to its seasonal petite cakes and pastries, this cute cake shop in NoHo creates made-toorder wedding cakes. If you’re looking for something different, it also offers cupcakes and macaron towers, decorated to match your theme. Antique Patisserie can also do individually packaged edible wedding favors. Shop C, 2-4 Mee Lun St., Central, 2542-3960, www.facebook.com/ AntiqueHK
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Baby Food My Chinese family, god love ‘em, has been pressuring us to have a baby since before we were married. In the west, this may be considered something of an intrusion, but in Asia it’s pretty much par for the course. And growing up in a Chinese family, you generally have to develop a pretty good sense of humor. One’s weight, skin condition, dating history and dandruff is all considered totally appropriate dinnertime conversation, and so continually asking if and when one plans to have a baby is definitely fair game. So, I wasn’t too surprised when the big pregnancy nutrition discussions commenced.
to me exactly why, but I do make sure to hold back on the “cold” food when with the family. When the baby comes, you eat pork knuckle stewed in ginger and vinegar, a “heating,” nutrient-rich dish to help you replenish lost blood and energy. The advice keeps on coming. Eating collagen-rich fish maw makes your lady parts “stretchy” and helps you to have an easier labor, according to one colleague, while watermelon—though banned in the first trimester—can be eaten a month before you give birth to prevent your child from having baby acne, says a friend. For mysterious, unexplained reasons, snake and frog are also off the menu. Bummer.
Watermelon, while banned in the first trimester, can be eaten a month before you give birth to prevent your child from having baby acne.
For a city that’s obsessed with food, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that a lot of folk wisdom related to pregnant ladies centers around what you should and shouldn’t eat. For instance, my aunts used to tease me at Chinese New Year by feeding me candied lotus seeds, a food that is traditionally said to promote fertility; its Chinese pronunciation is linguistically similar to “give birth to many children.” Eek. Forget unpasteurized cheese and cold cuts. Foods that are forbidden during the first trimester include anything “cold” or “leung hei,” for instance, watermelon, banana and crab. No one has explained
To be honest, I’m pretty sure that no one in my family really, truly believes in all this “hot air, cold air” stuff, and what they’re really doing is showing their love, excitement and concern by clucking over me and hotly debating what I should and shouldn’t eat whenever I go for dinner.
Funny enough, my 85-year-old grandmother rarely chimes in. Instead, she quietly cooks my favorite dishes and special, nourishing broths—her dedicated, grandmotherly way of giving her first great-grandchild the best possible start in life. And I quietly—and happily—eat it all. Follow Sarah’s journey through pregnancy and parenthood at babypakchoi.tumblr.com.
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