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Covid-19 forces Hong Kong couples to ‘marry first, party later’

Winnie Tam spent more than a year and HK$500,000 (S$85,890) planning her dream wedding with 800 guests. The 32-year-old marketing manager pictured herself walking down the aisle at sunset to marry entrepreneur Jimmy Yu, 34, and celebrating with their families and friends. The wedding was set to take place last February, but the Covid-19 pandemic got in the way. The couple are among thousands in Hong Kong who changed their wedding plans repeatedly through 2020, with some choosing to downgrade or postpone their big day indefinitely. Those who decided to go ahead amid pandemic restrictions on gatherings opted for scaled-down ceremonies live-streamed online to family and friends, a far cry from Hong Kong’s tradition of large, lavish weddings complete with banquets at top venues. The number of marriages fell sharply from 44,520 in 2019 to 28,161 last year, according to the Immigration Department. Of the total last year, 12,206 took place at a marriage registry, 14,562 ceremonies were conducted by a civil celebrant and 1,393 were at a licensed place of worship.


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