“Til debt do we part”
Hong Kong wedding vows can be something that sound that way. This is not a far cry from how much couples would usually spend for the celebration as grand as they can afford, or maybe show. A Hong Kong wedding can cost more than HK$300,000 or around 1.2 million pesos on average.
But, that is not what we are aiming for! For us who are more practical, Hong Kong makes our “go small on the big day” possible.
Yep, you read it right! You can marry in Hong Kong without “really” breaking the bank. Well, kind of… but it can compensate avoiding all the troubles of an intricate paperwork and processes that would almost cost the same if you do it in the Philippines.
How much do you need for a wedding in Hong Kong?
The following reflects the expenses that you will incur when you decide to tie the knot in the former British territory. Please bear in mind that we listed only the minimum amount for the wedding and all activities related to it based on our experience. (There are some other personal activities we did that cost us extra and it is not reflected here.)
|– TRANSPORTATION, HOTEL & FOOD –||TOTAL (PHP)|
|Roundtrip Airfare (PH to HK)||17,935.71|
|Guesthouse (10 days)||20,355.45|
|Food (minimum spending, mostly if you would go to fastfood or buy at the local supermarket)||25,000.00|
|Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui (fare depends which area you will stay)|
|A21 Bus||HK$ 33.00 (4) – 855.00||855.00|
|* Alternative transportation available: *HKS240 for taxi (one way)||HK$ 240.00 (4x) – 6,216.00|
|*HK$ 90 for Airport Exp||HK$ 90.00 (4x)|
|Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty ( Queensway)||HK$ 9.40 (4x)||246.00|
|Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty (to City Hall )||HK$ 9.40 (4x)||246.00|
|City Hall to Phil Consulate|
|via tram||HK$ 2.30 (2)||30.00|
|Admiralty to Tsim Sha Tsui||HK$ 9.40 (2)||123.00|
|– PAPERS –|
|Application to HK||HK$ 305.00||1,906.00|
|Wedding Ceremony||HK$ 715.00||4,647.50|
|Wedding Certificate (1 certified copy)||HK$ 280/copy||3,640.00|
|Apostille stamp||HK$ 125.00/seal||815.00|
|Registered mail for Apostille||HK$ 15.50||105.00|
|Report of Marriage Processing (Phil. Emb)||HK$ 200.00||1,300.00|
|Expedite fee||HK$ 80.00||520.00|
|– EXTRAS –|
|Witness (food and some amount)||4,000.00|
*** The airfares are based on where you are coming from in the Philippines. It can be cheaper if you happen to book a flight way ahead, which is not also possible as you have to wait for the wedding schedule confirmation first. Lucky you, if there is a promo fare available on the schedule of your departure to Hong Kong.
*** Your other half’s airfare from Europe is also not included on the list.
*** Hotel accommodation prices also depends on the season you will be in Hong Kong. The best way to save some pennies is to book a room on the hotel or guesthouse website directly.
*** To save on fares for the public transportation, buy an octopus card from Costumer Service Counters of Hong Kong International Airport. You can reload this in any 7-11 stores around Hong Kong.
We hope it can help you decide if getting married in Hong Kong is an alternative for you.
Check the previous post for the documents you need to get married in Hong Kong here.
You can also check the sample itinerary for your wedding week here.