Chinese Wedding Traditions: Checklist for Betrothal Ceremony

The Guo Da Li (過大禮)or the traditional betrothal ceremony is an important Chinese wedding custom that happens between fifteen to twenty days, or up to two months before the wedding. During this ceremony, the groom’s family presents the Pin Jin (聘金/ 禮金) and betrothal gifts to the bride’s family as a symbolism of the groom’s sincerity towards the marriage and assurance that he will care for his bride-to-be. The bride and her family’s acceptance of the Pin Jin and betrothal gifts means that the proposal is accepted, and the marriage, approved. Upon the acceptance of the Pin Jin and betrothal gifts, the bride’s family will also reciprocate the gesture by returning part of the Pin Jin and some gifts. This custom is known as Hui Li (回禮). What does the groom need to prepare for the Guo Da Li and what does the bride return during the Hui Li? Here’s a guide and checklist for you to make sure you don’t miss out on any item for your betrothal ceremony. You can also download a your own copy at the end of the article.

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7 Cute Outfits for Your Page Boys

Did you think all page boy ensembles look the same? Well then, you’ll have to see the outfits below because oh boy, there’s a whole lot more to choose from! Note, taking or adding just one element from or to the outfit can make all the difference. Depending on the locale, season, and style you’re going for for your big day, take inspiration from each of the dashing looks and prepare to have your page boys be dressed to the nines!


1. Simple and Dapper

If you want to go for a simple yet dapper look for your page boys, this long sleeved shirt and bow tie pairing would work just fine! It’s a stylish, no-fuss ensemble.

[Photo from Ariz]

[Photo from Live The Fancy Life]

[Photo from H&M]


2. The Slick Trick

This outfit has a little bit more suave factor put into it. Adding a blazer or coat to the long sleeves and bow tie pairing makes a big difference!

[Photo from DH Gate]

[Photo from Inside Weddings]

[Photo from Ali Express]

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A Star-Ferry-Tale Wedding with Rustic Details

Rustic, elegant, and charming are just a few words to describe this wedding! There is so much nostalgia in being in the midst of water and saying your vows, which made me wonder why Renee and Keane decided on having their ceremony on a ferry. Truly, all of us have that one quintessential memory growing up that remains with us forever. Word has it that this marvelous idea was derived from the times Keane and her mother rode the ferry in the 1960s. Many thanks to the folks at Origami Florist and Jamie Ousby for sending in these photos of the wedding. Ride along this journey with us as we unwrap this beautiful celebration of love.

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Sweet Engagement Shoot in Shek O and the University of Hong Kong

You don’t need an extravagant gown or a destination location to make your pre-wedding photo shoot special. All you really need is enough love fill all your photos with! That gleam in Elaine and James’ eyes, the caressing gestures caught in each frame, and they way their smiles light up their faces are the true ingredients to engagement photos that touch the heart. History Studio made sure to capture all these special moments for us to enjoy on this fine day.

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11 Caterers Who Can Whip Up a Sumptuous Feast for Your Wedding

It’s a known fact that one part of weddings that guests always look forward to is meal time! Indeed, guests rave about not only beautiful weddings, but also weddings with delicious food. It’s a special day after all, so it’s fitting to pair this milestone with a feast to remember. Here are eleven caterers in Hong Kong who help you do just that.


(1) Delicious

Delicious, which started in 2003, is Hong Kong’s premier catering company, with over a decade’s worth of experience and thousands of successful events under its belt. Their name says it all: Delicious flavours that leave guests wanting more. Their catered menus are forever bespoke, each perfectly suited to the occasion and always filled with a Delicious assortment of flavours. Whether it’s bow-tied waiters and silver canapé trays at your private event, wedding, a corporate affair where palate discretion is key, or a rowdy junk party with finger-food flowing freely, this caterer will ensure your event is always Delicious.

  • Minimum Charge: HK$150 per head for canapés delivery only, to HK$480 per head for a sit down dinner with a 3-course wedding menu.
  • Minimum Pax: 25 pax
  • Kinds of Menu Available: Western, Chinese, International, all. Delicious can do Western and Asian Cuisine and fusion, all of which depends on what the client likes.
  • Option for Catering and Styling: Delicious normally focuses on the food and service, making sure everything runs smoothly while leaving the styling to the experts. Outdoor and indoors wedding are their our expires.
  • Other Special Offers: Boats available for wedding venue for 30 to 50 people with all inclusive packages. Please contact directly for more information.
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(2) Elephant Grounds

In 2013, two entrepreneurs came together in the search of the perfect cup of coffee. Becoming tired of mainstream overly roasted and stale beans, and the usual watered down coffee; they took matters into their own hands in the pursuit of the best cup of coffee in Hong Kong. Now, nearly 4 years later, Elephant Grounds has grown into a small network of 5 cafes, with the occasional pop-up.

  • Minimum Charge: None.
  • Minimum Pax: None.
  • Kinds of Menu Available: All types. They cater all events to the needs and desires of the client with customized menus to suit clients’ needs.
  • Option for Catering and Styling: Yes.
  • Other Special Offers: It varies per client. Some examples include, ice cream carts, coffee carts, drink bar, pass around, buffet, kids parties, carving stations, BBQ set ups, grilling stations, and so much more.
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(3) Gingers

Established in 2001, Gingers is a privately owned company that provides outside catering to both corporate and private clients all over Hong Kong. Since opening its doors, Gingers has catered numerous events from small dinner parties to large-scale cocktail party events. A major part of Gingers’ business comes from corporate Hong Kong, however, private clients play a big part as well from weddings to significant birthdays and many other types of events.

  • Minimum Charge: Seated – HK$720 per pax, Buffet – HK$350 per pax, and Cocktail – HK$288 per pax.
  • Minimum Pax: Seated – 8 pax, Buffet – 20 pax, and Cocktail – 30 pax.
  • Kinds of Menu Available: Western.
  • Option for Catering and Styling: Yes, simple floral decoration is available as well as equipment rental.
  • Other Special Offers: Please contact directly.
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(4) Invisible Kitchen

Truly personalised wedding dining is easily within reach with Hong Kong’s award-winning gourmet caterers Invisible Kitchen. From crafting a dining concept around your vision, to developing the menu and fine-tuning the service details, Invisible Kitchen’s Head Chef Tom Burney and his dedicated gourmet events team works closely with clients to ensure an unforgettable wedding feast. Invisible Kitchen offers deliciously innovative catering for any type of wedding. From wedding boat trips and cocktail parties, to picnic hampers and BBQs, or more formal sit down dinners,  Invisible Kitchen design and tailor menus to suit your special day.

  • Minimum Charge: Starting HK$200 per head for essential buffet, HK$750 per pax for family style sit down menus.
  • Minimum Pax: Depends on chosen menu package.
  • Kinds of Menu Available: Western, Fusion
  • Option for Catering and Styling: Simple styling only.
  • Other Special Offers: Donut wall, dessert spoon wall, and baileys and cookies pyramid, and more.
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