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So you’re getting hitched? Do you have at least HK$310,000 ?

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Marriage is one of life’s most unforgettable events, and all the more so once you start looking at the bills. A wedding nowadays costs north of HK$310,000 Metro Daily reported, citing results from a recent survey conducted by ESDlife.com. That’s what couples set aside on average for the big day according to the survey which was based on interviews of more than 1,000 people preparing to tie the knot between now and 2017. Half of the budget goes to the wedding banquet. The newly weds of course expect their guests to give cash gifts, which could help defray the costs. The average rate is HK$1,200 per person if the wedding banquet is to be held at a luxury hotel and HK$1,000 if the reception is in a not-too-fancy venue. That’s not a big increase from the HK$800 to HK$1,000 “benchmark” rate not too long ago. ESDlife research manager Jeremy Mou Chi-wah said the local economy has remained steady this year, translating into a slight increase in wedding expenses. As for the cash gifts, Mou said the increase in the amount is not so much the result of rising expectations or expenses of the bride and groom as increased generosity on the part of relatives and friends who don’t want to see the couple starting their married life in the red. The cost of making a marriage proposal has also increased to an average of HK$36,000, up 20 percent from last year, with the big ticket item being the diamond ring.

 

All this is good news to jewellery shops, bridal service providers and related businesses. It is estimated that the size of the entire wedding services market will balloon to HK$17.7 billion this year. For those who are thinking about popping the question, the survey found that 28 percent of women would like to get a marriage proposal on a beach, while 22 percent prefer a scenic location overseas. However, the reality is that 23 percent of marriage proposals take place at home. In another sign of the time 32 percent of the couples plan to live with either the family of the man or the woman after marriage, up 12 percentage points from the previous year.

Edited by R.E.D

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And people wonder why I'm not interested in getting married? Then again I just don't like the idea of being married in the first place.

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Wedding feels like such a jip, so much uncessary money being wasted

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That's really expensive. Maybe couples should try to find a way to throw out those business people out of business then.

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quite interest, weddings are expensive. My sister spent quite a bit of money on hers but no where near that much in the article..

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I feel like you mind as well save that money on the wedding and use it to buy a house or go on your honeymoon

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I rather stay single for the rest of my life if this is what it costs...LOLZ!

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how on earth am i posible to have that money.. ui widh iu have that thou, i could use it to do so many thingsn

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Money better spend by going for honeymoon. How many couple remember much about the dinner compare with their honeymoon.

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wow, so expensive. and it's too bad that after marriage they plan to live with their families, that can lead to alot of squabbles with people and may end the marriage. but housing prices are too expensive too

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As time goes on, more and more is being charged. A simple tradition is now a very expensive proposition.

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I guess it all depends on the couple and how they want to get married. Although the article suggests you need at least HK$310,000 I am sure that you can get married for much less. The basic would be a simple registry office wedding. Anything above this would be variable and depends on what you want - whether a lavish banquet or just closest family and friends for a home cooked meal, whether your having a round the world honeymoon trip or a few days in China.

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I found out that getting married would cost you a lot of money. before getting married both couples would need to make lots of money first.

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