" I call upon all persons here present to witness that I, [name of Bride/ Groom], do take thee, [name of Bride/ Groom], to be my lawful wedded Wife/ Husband "

Congratulations! Dear brides and grooms, I’m Stephen SK Chow, civil celebrant of marriages

Your wedding day

Preparing and organizing your wedding is a challenging and daunting experience, and will take you a lot of time, planning and effort. 

You will have to select the venue and cuisine, prepare guests lists, decide on your wedding gown, dress and suit, wedding rings, flowers, and plan your program on the day etc. 

Amidst the myriad things that you need to attend to, your marriage registration ceremony, the moment when all eyes are on you when you both hold hands and walk down the aisle, stand and  in front of all relatives and guests, and make life-long commitments for each other under the law, the most important event of the day, is very often overlooked.


About Myself

I’m a civil celebrant of marriages appointed by the Registrar of Marriage Registry, Hong Kong, to solemnize marriages at any time and place in Hong Kong, other than the office of the Registrar of Marriages, or a licensed place of worship under the Marriage Ordinance.

 I’m also a solicitor, a notary public, and a China appointed attesting officer. 

I have celebrated marriages for wedding couples locally, and from overseas, including couples from Germany, Netherlands, Russia, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Abd Dhabi, and from various cities in mainland china such as Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Ningbo, and Mongolia.  

I conduct wedding ceremonies in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

In relation to weddings, I have given interview on marriage celebration services which is reported in the South China Morning Post.

I have also been invited by Nikko Hotel HK to give live demonstration of the marriage celebration ceremony at their wedding fairs organized in the hotel.

Previously, I’ve been instrumental in securing an award for my law firm from the HK Productivity Council as the Quality Wedding Merchant for the years 2011 and 2012 (Q-mark) in recognition of our high quality civil celebrant of marriages service.

How can I Help

I can work with you to make your wedding registration ceremony a personalized, meaningful and memorable one.

We will discuss and plan together on the various aspects of your wedding registration ceremony, from your marching-in as bride and groom, and marching-out as husband and wife, and what will take place in between.

I will advise you on the standing position of the bride and groom on the stage, the vows and expressions of love, the readings, the wedding rings exchange, the seating arrangement for the signing of the marriage certificate, and the music that reflects the mood and the joy of the occasion.

You’ll find that you can personalize your wedding registration ceremony, and have your big day your way, while complying fully with the legal requirements.

Wedding Venues

I conducted weddings at the following locations:

Hong Kong Island
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Central
  • JW Marriot Hotel, Admiralty
  • Aberdeen Marina Club
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel, Wanchai
  • The Verandah, Repulse Bay
  • Bethanie Church, Pokfulam
  • Butterfield's Club, Dorset House, Quarry Bay
  • American Club, Central
  • Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, Central


  • Champagne Room, Hullet House, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel, Hung Hom
  • Eternal Ring, One Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • The Luxe Manor Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • House of Jasmine, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Regal Kowloon Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • The Peninsula Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Hotel Nikko, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Golden Palace Seaview Banquet Hall, iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Eaton Smart Hong Kong Hotel, Jordan
  • 8 Degree Hotel, Harbour Plaza, Kowloon City
  • Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok
  • City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
  • The Latitude Club House, San Po Kong 
  • Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel, Hung Hom

New Territories

  • The White Chapel, Discovery Bay
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Lantau Island
  • Sai 2 Restaurant, Sai Kung
  • 131, Sai Kung
  • Concerto Inn, Lamma Island
  • The Bay Bridge, Tsuen Wan


  • The Bounty, Victoria Harbour (European Tall Ship)

What our wedding couple say

"A very belated but a very warm thank you for conducting our wedding on 12 March and you kind service beforehand.. we were very pleased with how it all went and we had an amazing afternoon and evening on the boat (if not a little chilly!) "
~ Helen & Francesco
March 2016

"I can't believe it's been over a month since our wedding. Renz and I would just like to thank you for everything during the ceremony. :) Your humor and overall presence during the ceremony was perfect for the type of couple that we are. Everyone, particularly our parents, were telling us what a wonderful ceremony it was and we have you to thank for that because of how you executed it. So thanks again. :) "
~ Samantha & Renz

"Please pass on out thanks and gratitude to Mr Chow as it was a beautiful and very professional ceremony. We would recommend your services to other people in the future."
~ Wena & Jason

"Hi Stephen,

I was so excited today to find out that one of our recent weddings have been featured on The Times, UK! What an honor! Established more than 200 years ago, The Times continues to lead the market with its quality and depth of its journalism. Enjoy the reading!
~ Francis & Shani-Louise

"Thank you Stephen, you made our wedding so memorable and smooth."
~ Jennifer & Alex

"Thank you for officiating at our wedding on Saturday.
Very professional and everyone loved your clear and concise delivery.
Thank you so much"
~ David and De'Arna

General law on marriage in Hong Kong

There are no residential requirements for the marrying parties and the parties may be of any nationality. However, a party to a marriage must not be under the age of 16.

If either or both of you are below the age of 21 but over 16, not being a widower or widow, your either parent's consent is required for the marriage provided that there is a subsisting marriage between the parents, otherwise, lawful guardian's/guardians' consent is/are required for the marriage. 

A certified copy of birth certificate and marriage certificate or order of custodial right from Court should be forwarded. 

In case of a divorced person, a decree absolute of divorce issued by a Court of Justice or a sealed, certified copy of this document has to be produced.

If the divorce documents are not in Chinese or English, certified translations are required. 

In case of widow / widower, a certified or sealed copy of the death certificate and marriage certificate should be produced.

Broad outline for obtaining permission for marriage, the required documents for local wedding couple, and overseas wedding couple

Local wedding couple
Either one of you may give a Notice of Intended Marriage to the Registrar of Marriages through a civil celebrant of marriages. A sum of HK$305 is payable to the government on giving such notice. The marriage has to take place within 3 months of the date of such notice.

The following personal particulars of both of you must be given in the notice of intended marriage :

  • name and surname
  • marital condition (i.e. whether you are a bachelor/spinster; widower/widow; a divorced person; or previously married by any form of marriage)
  • occupation
  • age
  • residential address
  • the full name of your parents
  • in the case of either party is under the age of 21 – the name, address and capacity of the person consenting to the marriage

For marriage of persons aged below 21, divorced persons or widows/widowers, they are required to provide additional supporting documents upon giving of notice. Please refer to the link here for details.

In the case of a divorced person, proof of the dissolution of the former marriage by decree pronounced by a competent court is required upon giving of the notice.

In the case of a widower or widow, proof of former marriage and death certificate of former spouse are required upon giving of the notice. If the required documents are not written in English or Chinese, certified translations of such are required.

If everything is in order, a certificate of the registrar of marriages will be issued upon which the marriage can take place.

Overseas wedding couple

Getting married in Hong Kong?

If you are in overseas and wish to celebrate your marriage in Hong Kong, you have to complete the Notice of Marriage and return it by air-mail to the Marriage Registration and Record Office, together with photocopies of travel documents from both parties and a bank draft of HK$305 made payable to 'The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region'.  The marriage has to take place within 3 months of the date of the notice.

The duly completed Notice of Marriage should be authenticated by a notary public.

At least either the groom or the bride has to sign on the Notice of Intended Marriage, and take it to a notary public to notarize the same.

Both the bride and the groom are required to appear before the Deputy Registrar of Marriages in Hong Kong at least 3 working days before the date of marriage with their travel documents to be examined.  

If everything is in order, a certificate of registrar of marriages will be issued to you for your marriage ceremony. Please give it to your civil celebrant for holding the marriage ceremony.

For recognition of the marriage certificate in other countries, it will have to be notarized by a notary public here and legalized by the Registrar of the High Court in Hong Kong by the issue of an apostille stamp.