A wedding trip or an overseas wedding ceremony? When it comes to getting married, not only love but money is also a prerequisite.

In recent years, overseas weddings which include a wedding ceremony and a honeymoon trip become more and more popular. But wait a moment, what we want to talk about is a wedding trip for a prospective couple only. If they have to invite friends and relatives to attend an overseas wedding ceremony, the expenses involved would be multiplied.

Price comparisons of different wedding trip packages

Let’s get back to the subject. Okinawa, Bali, Guam, the Maldives, etc. are all common wedding trip destinations. Many wedding planners or travel agencies offer packages with different price ranges depending on the destination, facilities, etc. Wedding trip packages usually include hotel accommodation for 2, a wedding venue with basic decoration, a wedding host and photography, while air tickets depend on package terms. The complimentary shuttle bus service, champagne toast etc. are usually for the prospective couples only, with extra charges levied on relatives and friends.

Comparisons of different wedding trip packages
Destinations
Charges
Main items included
Celeste Chapel, Okinawa
Around HK$39,000

3 days and 2 nights

Round-trip economy-class air tickets for 2 

Hotel accommodation for 2 nights with breakfasts 

120 photos (beach, ceremony, church surroundings) 

Rental of 1 set of bridal gown and groom outfit

Majestic Chapel, Bali
Around HK$66,000

2-night hotel suite accommodation

Live music (violin and cello) 

Flower girls and page boys in traditional Balinese costumes 

Make-up and hairstyling for bride and groom 

Rental of 1 set of bridal gown and groom outfit 

300 or more photos (make-up, ceremony, inside and outside church)

Video recording of wedding ceremony with basic editing 

Petal toss

White Arrow Chapel, Guam
Around HK$41,000

4 days and 2 nights

Round-trip economy-class air tickets for 2  

Hotel accommodation for 2 nights with breakfasts 

Hotel barbecue dinner for 2  

150 photos in wedding ceremony 

Romantic Feather Toss

Four Seasons Resort at Maldives Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
Around HK$73,000

4 nights

Round-trip economy-class air tickets for 2  

3+1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast 

Live music (Budo Beru drummer) 

Bridal make-up and hairstyling 

Rental of 1 set of bridal gown and groom outfit 

Photo taking (1-1.5 hours)

Comparisons of different wedding trip packages
Destinations
Celeste Chapel, Okinawa
Charges
Around HK$39,000
Main items included

3 days and 2 nights

Round-trip economy-class air tickets for 2 

Hotel accommodation for 2 nights with breakfasts 

120 photos (beach, ceremony, church surroundings) 

Rental of 1 set of bridal gown and groom outfit

Destinations
Majestic Chapel, Bali
Charges
Around HK$66,000
Main items included

2-night hotel suite accommodation

Live music (violin and cello) 

Flower girls and page boys in traditional Balinese costumes 

Make-up and hairstyling for bride and groom 

Rental of 1 set of bridal gown and groom outfit 

300 or more photos (make-up, ceremony, inside and outside church)

Video recording of wedding ceremony with basic editing 

Petal toss

Destinations
White Arrow Chapel, Guam
Charges
Around HK$41,000
Main items included

4 days and 2 nights

Round-trip economy-class air tickets for 2  

Hotel accommodation for 2 nights with breakfasts 

Hotel barbecue dinner for 2  

150 photos in wedding ceremony 

Romantic Feather Toss

Destinations
Four Seasons Resort at Maldives Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
Charges
Around HK$73,000
Main items included

4 nights

Round-trip economy-class air tickets for 2  

3+1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast 

Live music (Budo Beru drummer) 

Bridal make-up and hairstyling 

Rental of 1 set of bridal gown and groom outfit 

Photo taking (1-1.5 hours)

Note: The above information is for reference only.

Overseas wedding trips usually involve arrangements for air tickets and hotel accommodation. Wedding planner with travel license can provide one-stop service for air ticket and hotel booking, so the prospective couple do not need to approach travel agency separately.

Check whether marriage registration is valid

Overseas marriage registration can be either symbolic or legally valid. The former is of course not legally binding, which means the couples have to make registration after returning to Hong Kong. In general, if the marriage registration is in accordance with local laws, it would be legally recognized in Hong Kong. However, the couples should also update their marriage status with the Immigration Department after returning to Hong Kong. Some countries or territories will handle legal registration for eligible couples only. For instance, in the Maldives, only nationals can be legally registered for marriage. Thus, wedding ceremonies of Hong Kong people in the Maldives are symbolic only.

Marriage registration procedures can be complicated or simple

Many countries require submission of lots of documents for legal registration. Other than the general identification documents, “certificates of absence of marriage record” as a proof of single and a translated copy or endorsement from the High Court or the consulate are also needed. This will take lots of time and effort and if you get help from wedding planner, there would be an extra charge of HK$3,000 or more. In countries where procedures are comparatively simpler, as in Guam, prospective couples only have to bring along English/ bilingual copies of their passports and birth certificates to local notaries for verification and submit application forms to relevant departments. Then, they can look for marriage witness recognized by the government, such as eligible pastor, to witness the ceremony and sign the marriage certificate. Finally handing over the certificate to the government for filing, then an official and legal registration is complete. But if the procedures are too complicated, why not do the registration in Hong Kong before going for a wedding trip? In this way, you can have both a legal marriage and a romantic wedding of your dream!

You may not want to delay your wedding due to insufficient fund, or your original plan of “wedding trip” may turn into an “overseas wedding ceremony” which make you over budget. Well, HSBC’s Personal Instalment Loan offers a repayment period of up to 60 months. All you need to do is choosing a loan amount that can provide the required funds for your wedding and suit your repayment ability. The approval time can be as fast as one minute if you have payroll accounts or income proof at HSBC*.

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