Star Ferry Wedding

When I think of Hong Kong, I think of the beautiful Victoria Harbour. When I think of the harbour, I think of the Star Ferry. What can be more Hong Kong than having a wedding ceremony on the Star Ferry? Getting married on the Star Ferry sounds like a romantic idea, and it’s especially popular with westerners and mixed couples. Recently I was asked to give some advice on Star Ferry wedding. Here comes some tips for those planning a wedding on the famous green and white boat.

Star Ferry Company rents out ferries on its own standard terms which apply many restrictions to your planning e.g. number of guests, time and duration of the ceremony. I would suggest the first step is to read the rental terms and conditions to check if it fits your expectation.

Capacity – even though the Star Ferry states the maximum capacity of each type of ferries, it would be uncomfortable if your party fills to the maximum limit. You have to leave room for people to walk around and mingle. Also, the wedding ceremony usually takes place at the front of the ferry. That front compartment can only hold around 60 people. So if you have more than 60 guests, some of them may not be able to get a close view of the ceremony.

Duration – the Star Ferry cruises along the harbour for as long as you book it. I think the most appropriate duration is two hours. This would give enough time for guests to be seated and for the couple and other relevant parties to prepare for the ceremony. The wedding ceremony itself usually takes around 20 minutes. After the ceremony, allow time for speech, cake cutting, toasting and photo taking. There is nowhere to go on the ferry. Try to think of ways to entertain the guests e.g. giving them little notepaper to write words for the couple, fun photo booth for taking photos etc. Ceremony longer than two hours might make your guests feel crammed in for too long. There are not that many toilets on board; long duration in a confined space may pose inconvenience.

Logistics – planning a wedding on a ferry takes significant effort. Normally your ferry docks at the pier 30 minutes before the actual ferry departure time. During that 30 minutes, you have to get all the decoration and catering ready. Time pressure is immense even for professional service providers. If you plan a DIY event, try to engage friends who won’t freak out under pressure… Once the ferry leaves the pier, obviously no one late can get on board. Be sure you delegate a person to count the number of expected guests and make sure all the VIPs, e.g. witnesses signing the marriage certificate are on time.

Decoration – the normal ferry feels quite bare and it would be nice to add some wedding theme decoration. Be aware that the ferry rocks a lot especially at the pier. Making something stand still may not be an easy task. I have seen poster stand falling down, professional decorators running out of tapes to stick things firmly…

Catering – keeping drinks cold in the summer and keeping food hot in the winter can be a challenge. Multi-tier wedding cake might be susceptible to collapse during transportation. Keep your food and beverage simple. Save your big wedding feast after you get off the ferry.

Weather risk – even if you have made the perfect plan, you still have to wish for luck to make your perfect wedding come true. Private rental Star Ferry does not operate in typhoon number 3 or some other weather warnings. This is a significant consideration/risk if your wedding is in the summer months. The ferry is also quite open to the elements. Heavy rain, strong wind, super hot or cold climate may hamper the comfort level of the ceremony too. If the ferry cannot operate due to adverse weather, Star Ferry Company allows you to hold the ceremony at the pier, but it is just a rather crude waiting area. My advice is to have a contingency plan to fall back to if the ferry ceremony does not go ahead.

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返回校園結婚

今日去了一間學校證婚,那間中學就是新郎新娘結識和成長的地方。返回校園結婚,特別有意思。

讀書的時候在學校禮堂做主角,不外乎幾個情況。參加朗誦比賽,站在台上,所有人都望住自己,就好似結婚典禮般,極度緊張。

另一個在禮堂做主角的機會,就是上台攞奬。當得奬者獲得台下的掌聲,感到光榮。恭喜一對新人,今日他們贏得對方。贏到的奬不是一日,而是一世。希望他們以後每次向人介紹自己老公老婆時,好似攞奬一樣咁光榮,覺得同對方結婚是一生的榮幸。

每個學生都在學校禮堂參加畢業典禮。今日他們就要結束愛情長跑,結為夫婦,進入人生新的階段。同畢業一樣,對美好的未來充滿期待和幻想。一切從中學開始,很有意義!

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結婚誓詞

結婚誓詞是兩人向對方許下的承諾,是婚禮最重要最感人的環節。我時常鼓勵人自己寫誓詞,不要照抄,不應行貨,要真心許下信守一世的誓約。

上星期去證婚,新人自己寫誓詞,每句話都是由心而發,不用照稿讀,自然地情深款款地望着對方講,真情流露,真摰感人,感動到連我都有點想喊。

新郎:每日起身都想見同一個人,那是愛情。每日起身都需要見同一個人,那是婚姻。正如一位很尊敬的老師敎誨,每一次遇到挫折,都要想起個Next字,因為下一次可能會遇到更大的挑戰。很幸運遇上新娘,找到一個會一起面對未來所有挑戰的伴侶。

新娘:從今以後,我會在你笑的時侯陪你笑,你喊的時候陪你喊,你跌倒的時候陪你跌倒。

我就叫佢哋,從今以後,佢笑的時侯陪佢笑,佢喊的時候安慰佢,佢跌倒的時候扶佢起身。講完之後,全塲都笑。

其實我不是講笑,而是認真的。因為婚姻不可look for Next,執子之手,與子偕老,老公老婆只得一個,有咩事都要一齊撐掂佢,不可等下一個老公老婆出現才解決問題。最好的夫妻,不但可以同甘共苦,更可以將苦變甜。

你找到你每日都想見的人嗎?你日日需要見的人又是你想見的嗎?

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Flamenco wedding

最近為一對結他敎師和醫生見證婚禮,好一對俊男美女。他們透過Flamenco結識,pre-wedding去西班牙, 映pre-wedding photo靚到不得了。結他老師,婚禮有live music不在話下,新娘進場時奏cello and西班牙percussion的Canon in D,優美浪漫!更動人是wedding performance,新娘表演Flamenco舞,新郎結他伴奏。水準超卓,合拍無比,完美的配合!

新郎的婚後感想是wedding performance後感覺很强烈,覺得遇上Flamenco是他人生最幸福的事之一。我就話,能透過Flamenco遇上老婆,是最最最幸福的事。的確,找到有共同興趣的老婆,更勝娶得靚女或醫生。

記得我結婚時打電話邀請個很久没聯絡的舊同學去婚禮,她好奇問我未婚夫的背景,然後問,他會玩樂器嗎?啊,她一問,提醒起曾經我的夢中情人是有藝術氣質會玩音樂的型男,連我自己都忘記了。

我告訴老公my dream lover is someone who can play music, 所以特別覺得 Flamenco couple’s wedding is a dream wedding. 聽完後,他問我他要不要去學樂器。算吧啦,都一把年紀了!We share common interests; we like travelling and we meet each other through travelling, 我已經好心足。

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風雲色變的海洋公園FUN婚禮

通常人知道我幫人證婚都會很好奇,問我去過那些特別的證婚場地。每次我都會答海洋公園,昨日又再一次去那裡證婚。

在海洋劇場舉辦婚禮有藍天碧海的background,可以和海獅海豚接觸。但是如果下雨的話,就要移施到劇場上面的平台舉行,完全失去其環境優勢,冇晒feel。

剛剛個weekend差點兒打風,我都替對新人緊張。昨日天氣十分不穏定,我把傘未離開過手,一時遮雨,一時遮太陽。

到到wedding臨開始前十分鐘,突然狂風大暴雨,婚禮被迫延誤。一衆在等雨雲吹過時,新人全無怨言,說全個早上都是時晴時雨,一會兒便會放晴。

果然過了一陣子,雨停了。婚禮最終能夠在陽光下順利進行。在儀式上我特別讚賞一對新人的樂觀態度,在風雨中互相鼓勵。祝願他們以後無論晴天雨天,遇上甚麼挫折,只要有對方在身邊,互相支持,就好似結婚那天一樣,風雨過後就是晴天,一切都會安好,每一日都會開心地度過。

每一個wedding我都會make the most out of it. 難得有免費入場劵,我昨日都玩得很開心呢!

 

威威獅令本來出來頒證書,但因為證書淋濕了,要後補!好在我的真結婚證書没有濕!

新人指揮海豚唱歌

與海獅合照

Other Ocean Park wedding 海洋公園FUN婚禮:
http://www.morethanhoneymoon.com/blog/morethanblog.php/?p=2064
http://www.morethanhoneymoon.com/blog/morethanblog.php/?p=2600

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證婚場地:運動場

返去讀書時練波嘅運動場結婚,有意義又浪漫,草地比任何地方更顯美麗。一對新人都是老師,在場的一百幾十個學生,全程都好似睇足球入波咁興奮cheer,啱晒運動場的氣氛!

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我愛你

iPhone Siri廣東話版真係好好玩,仲可以俾老公測試自己的發音有幾準確。老公只係識講幾句中文,尋晚佢同Siri的對話笑死我。

老公:我愛你

Siri:我都好愛你ga

老公:我愛你

Siri:油腔滑調

老公:我愛你

Siri:你了解我咩?你知我係邊個咩?你知我唸咩嘢咩?

Siri的反應完全係一個女仔在一個relationship的summary。第一次聽見男朋友話鐘意自己,心都甜晒,連忙表白講聲都好愛對方。拍咗拖一段時間,男朋友次次都係激嬲人後講聲我愛你氹番人笑,雖然明知他只是油腔滑調氹自己,但都收貨啦。再過一段時間,感情變淡,執問男友是否變心,他一臉無奈地話依然愛你,你發現他已經不知道你想要甚麼了。

去過好幾個婚禮,新人都話平時一直都不肯講我愛你,要趁在婚禮上在所有人面前講。有新娘甚至專登寫在誓詞上,迫老公同自己講我愛你。我愛你這句話很重很deep,好像比I love you更難講出口。

你上一次講我愛你是幾時呢?

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那些年wedding video

很多人的best friends都是中學同學,一起成長,共度那些年的青春歲月。由中學時開始拍拖,結婚時一班舊同學做兄弟姊妹幫手攪婚禮。最近看了一個wedding video,由新人和一班中學同學自編自導自演的製作,主題正是最切合不過的那些年。

全個video抄了很多那些年套戲的橋段,配樂當然是那些年主題曲。第一幕就像電影一樣,映着新郎穿禮服,掛着一件背脊有很多鉛子筆印的裇衫。接着是多幕經典場面,一班同學回到中學校門外扮罰企,在運動場上新娘青春look慢鏡,新郎O嘴勁望新娘靚女。去大尾篤堤壩拍踩單車,去沙灘玩水,全部人一字排開坐在堤壩上扮講夢想。還去到屯門鐡路站二人浪漫行路軌!實在太爆笑,播video時全場氣氛哄動。

Video最後一幕最正。兩個人拿着孔明燈,新郎那邊寫“你願意嫁俾我嗎?”,新娘那邊寫“我願意”。孔明燈没有放上天,字幕寫“你不用告訴我,我已經知道答案”。一下子由攪笑變得浪漫,然後一對新人進場!

那個video的心思,對新人的祝福,製造出震撼難忘的場面,全靠一班中學老友的通力合作。愛情永恆,友誼萬歲!一定要留起個video將來給仔女看,那些年,爸爸媽媽auntie uncle曾經是那樣的。

P.S. 因為個video有太多想保持低調的配角,所以不能在這裡轉發,只可用文字表述。

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證婚場地:Intercontinental Hong Kong Hotel

Hong Kong probably has the most beautiful harbour in the world. 因此除了買樓想要海景,很多新人都想婚禮場地有海景。我都去過不少以景觀為主題的婚禮場地,太平山頂,沙灘,遊艇,海景酒店……在眾多海景酒店房中,我覺得最靚的是尖沙咀Intercontinental Hong Kong Hotel的Terrace Suite。

Terrace Suite顧名思義,有一個大大的平台,可輕鬆容納好幾十人。平台上的傢俬只有一張大枱和幾張,相比一般餐廳放滿枱櫈,有更多空間隨意走動。間房最大的selling point當然是無敵大海景,superwide angle,全無摭擋。不單只在suite中的客廳可飽覽無遺,更讚就是terrace有個海景jacuzzi,新人可浪漫浪漫地雙雙浸浴,relaxing, refreshing, romantic!

Outdoor terrace應是首選證婚地點,除非大費周張叫酒店擺櫈,賓客要站着觀禮,不過我估一般人都不會太介意。新娘由房間行出去平台,都可以做個mini march in的效果。平台本身没有音響設備,要自己set才可以播音樂。如果找人表演live music就更有mood。Live music不一定要請professional quartet,找個朋友的仔女拉下小提琴,就算走音都好cute。有次去個婚禮,個司儀叫班guests一齊唱結婚進行曲,又work喎。攪婚禮有時要think outside the box. 平台有張大枱可用來簽結婚證書,還可以自由搬去自己喜歡的backdrop。Terrace Suite在頂樓,好大風,要記緊收好重要文件,不要吹走張結婚證書呀!而且大風時吹到頭髪都亂晒,新娘set頭揀婚紗最好都要以穏陣和簡約為主。

戶外婚禮最緊要兩手準備,萬一big date那日下雨,婚禮都可以在suite的大廳進行,一樣有海景,還有冷氣,地方都算闊落。

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結婚蛋糕

好多人揀結婚蛋糕都睇好多好多相去揀靚款。原來揀蛋糕,最緊要係穩陣。尋日去咗個婚禮,一打開個蛋糕盒,上面果層蛋糕塌落嚟,在旁個姊妹勇猛地即刻用兩隻手抓住個蛋糕,攪到成手cream。然後另一人快手地用兩隻碟托住,但蛋糕已面目全非。結果新人取消切餅儀式,個蛋糕就一張相都無影到,大家就咁分咗嚟食。雖然如此,個個一樣食得咁開心,同樣分享到喜悅。揀蛋糕同揀老公一樣,千祈唔好只係得個樣,但靠唔住!

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