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Considering getting married in Hong Kong ? Looking for English-speaking/bilingual civil celebrant ?
Monogomy marriage is practised in Hong Kong. Every unmarried male and female, each aged 16 years or above, not prohibited by close-blood relationship, can voluntarily marry in Hong Kong, no matter what their nationality(ies) and race(s) are.
Since April, 2006, the Hong Kong Government has permitted the celebration of marriages to be conducted through a Civil Celebrant of Marriages who are qualified solicitors (or notary public) with 7 years or more post-qualification experience and who have undertaken special course arranged by The Immigration Department.
Civil Celebrant in Hong Kong, once qualified, will be granted a Certificate by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong to practise as a civil celebrant of marriages for a term of 5 years.
At present, unmarried man and woman above the age of 16 years may contract their marriage at any time (literally 24 hours around the clock) at any place within the territories of Hong Kong (other than the Marriage Registry and some recognised churches), so long as the marriage are being conducted in a solemn manner.
The most popular locations for celebrating marriages are hotels; restaurants; club houses, scenic places like theme parks; and of course romantic places like yachts, parks and beaches etc.
If you plan to marry in Hong Kong soon and have already fixed a date for your Big Wedding, book a civil celebrant of marriages well in advance. Ensure that a written agreement is reached between you as intending couple and the civil celebrant of marriages, specifying the fees and terms of engagement of services.
The Hong Kong civil celebrant of marriages will arrange a Notice of Intended Marriage to be signed by would-be couple within 3 months (at least 1 month in advance) of the intended wedding date. Upon collection of a Certificate of the Registrar from the Marriage Registry, the civil celebrant of marriages will prepare the Marriage Certificate which will be signed by the couples on the Wedding day and counter-signed by 2 witnesses (usually one each from the Groom and Bride's side) who should be over the age of 18 years.
Notice of Intended Marriage may be submitted by couples who are outside Hong Kong by themselves or through civil celebrant in Hong Kong. Such Notice will usually have to be signed before Notary Public or before Chinese consulate office abroad.
Hong Kong does not require prior proof and production of a "Certificate of No Marriage". Therefore, marriage to be contracted between a Hong Kong resident and a Chinese Mainlander; or between two Chinese Mainlanders, may take place in Hong Kong more conveniently. Hong Kong has now become one of the most popular wedding places.
Our civil celebrant Mr. Raymond TSE has been appointed as civil celebrant of marriages since August 2006 (appointment renewed for another 5 years from 23rd June 2011. Further renewed for 5 years from 23rd June 2016 to June 2021. Backed by his extensive experience as a Master of Ceremony in many large meetings/functions at reputable and popular venues, he has ample experience of conducting civil celebration of marriages lively in either English, Cantonese, Mandarin/Putonghua or bilingual languages in a wide variety of venues and hotels in Hong Kong, Kowloon and in the New Territories.
Brides and Grooms are usually concerned whether a civil celebrant would be able to master the smooth and pleasurable rundown of the ceremony, so that all distinguished guests and relatives can focus their attention to the wedding ceremony in a solemn yet enjoyable atmosphere.
Mr. TSE have already conducted more than 570 civil weddings at over 230 different wedding venues using English, French, Western & US wedding styles for couples from different background, cultures and nationalities, including American, Australian, Belgium, Canadian, local Chinese, Dominican, Mainland Chinese, French, German, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kenyan, Korean, Latvian, Luxembourg, Mexican, Mongolian, New Zealander, Pakistan, Philippines, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scottish, Singaporean, Spain, Sweden, Swiss, Taiwan Chinese, Turkish, UK and Venezuelan.
It is interesting to witness some couples carrying out rituals such as sand-mixing, candle-lighting, ribbon-binding, rice-throwing and tea-mixing ceremonies.
As a well experienced civil celebrant, Mr. TSE will give many useful hints and enlightening guidelines on the timetable and run-down of the wedding programme, as well as on the choice of wedding vows.
See some unsolicited comments & feedbacks from couples.
(The Chinese version of part of the above text has been published in Sing Tao Daily Newspaper on 9th October 2006.
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Updated as of October 2019
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