[Global Times Special Correspondent Yang Weimin in Hong Kong] Recently, a Hong Kong survey on the consumption expenditure of newlyweds found that the wedding budget rose to 384,000 yuan this year after shrinking in the previous two years, an increase of nearly 10%.

  According to Hong Kong's "Sing Tao Daily" report on the 29th, the number of marriages in Hong Kong this year is expected to be about 29,000, an increase of about 9% from nearly 27,000 last year.

The "2022 Marriage Consumption Survey" released by the Hong Kong marriage information media "Easy Life" on the 28th showed that the average total wedding expenses of Hong Kong couples fell for two consecutive years, and then rose to more than 380,000 Hong Kong dollars, which was higher than before the epidemic.

In addition, the survey also shows that the banquet is the highest consumption item in the average wedding expenses, an increase of 3% over last year, reaching 149,000 Hong Kong dollars; "wedding jewelry and rings" is the second highest consumption item, an increase of 17%, reaching nearly 110,000 Hong Kong dollars , 44% of the respondents' wedding rings are inlaid with one or two carats of diamonds; the consumption of "honeymoon travel" is nearly 46,000 Hong Kong dollars.

The survey specifically mentioned that "wedding photography" soared by 25%, reaching more than 25,000 Hong Kong dollars.

The above four major expenses together accounted for about 86% of the total wedding expenses of couples.

  In terms of "member money", the survey shows that the favor fee for banquets remains unchanged, the favor fee for high-end hotels remains at HK$1,500; the fee for general hotels, private clubs and special banquets remains at HK$1,000; the favor for restaurants, lunchtime wedding banquets and western restaurants Also maintained at HK$800.

However, the favor fee for an ordinary wedding reception has risen from HK$600 to HK$800, the favor fee for attending a wedding ceremony has risen from HK$300 to HK$500, and the favor fee for those who only accept invitations and not attend the wedding has risen from HK$100 to HK$300.

  Ma Zongjie, CEO of "Easy Life", said that due to the impact of the epidemic, the average number of marriage tables for Hong Kong people has continued to decline, from 20 tables in 2018 to 16 tables this year.

He said that in recent years, many couples prefer to spend money on items that are relatively stable or can bring memories, such as jewelry and wedding photos.

  In addition, Zhou Zhuoying, director of the media business and marketing department of "Easy Life", said that in recent years, couples like to hold simple weddings or outdoor weddings. Many hotels have begun to add swimming pools and gardens, so some couples have switched to cocktail receptions instead of wedding banquets.

Zhou Zhuoying analyzed that the decrease in the number of marriages under the epidemic is due to the fact that newcomers have adopted a more cautious attitude due to epidemic prevention restrictions.

She believes that after the epidemic prevention measures are further relaxed, the couple will re-plan their wedding, so she is optimistic about the wedding market next year.

(Global Times)