Shenzhen remains mainland’s most expensive city in which to fall in love and marry

Posted: 10/25/2012 1:00 pm

Shenzhen remained the most expensive city on the Chinese mainland in which to hold a wedding and also to live as a married couple, according to Guangdong Satellite Television. With the cost of weddings alone often exceeding RMB2 million, it pushed Beijing into second and kept Guangzhou down in fourth.

The statistics take into account the cost of an apartment. An 80 square meter apartment in Shenzhen currently costs an average of 1.78 million yuan, according to Guangdong Satellite Television. It costs another 150,000 yuan to furnish and maintain the apartment.

Before the wedding, dating is estimated to cost over 1,500 yuan a month, including travelling, buying presents and other activities, meaning that being in a two year relationship would cost over RMB2 million.

As for the wedding itself, food and booze cost an average of around RMB50,000. The honeymoon, even to a relatively cheap location, costs around RMB12,000. A car costs at least RMB100,000.

Outfits and make-up, the cost of the room for the wedding reception, and transportation to and from the location of the reception, are also taken into account.

A wedding photographer told Guangdong Satellite Television that business has been getting better in recent years thanks to the increasing amounts of money that families are spending on weddings.

He put this down to couples deciding that a once-in-a-lifetime experience was worth forking out for, even though current urban divorce rates poke a hole in those couples’ theory.

Getting married is now estimated to be 700 times more expensive than it was in the 1970s. One couple who got married during that turbulent decade said their wedding cost around RMB700. Their clothes for the big day cost a few dozen RMB and the booze cost another few dozen.

But before you start screaming about modern excess and the youth of today, there is hope. Shenzhen Daily reported last week that a couple in Shenzhen had donated 80,000 yuan to students in impoverished areas of Guizhou Province to make their wedding day more meaningful.


Canton Tower now available for weddings

Posted: 06/4/2012 8:59 am

As a location for a wedding in Guangzhou, there are few options more romantic than Xiao Man Yao, better known as Canton Tower. And if you’re willing to foot the pricey bill, you too can now hold your nuptials there. According to a report in the Southern Metropolis Daily, last weekend the tower held its first ever Wedding Exhibition, appropriately titled: “Happiness begins at Xiao Man Yao”. During the exhibition, organizers announced that for the low, low price of only 3888RMB-12888RMB per table, Chinese and Laowai alike can have the wedding of their dreams.

At the busy event, there were a variety of wedding themes and colours on display for the perusing couples: boisterous Chinese-style in red and white, elegant Western-style in Tiffany blue, or a mixture of both. The Manager of the Exhibition, Mr. Lei, argues that despite the steep price tag, couples are still getting a good deal: “Compared with five-star hotels in Guangzhou, the price is not expensive. Even lobster is included in a 4888RMB feast.”

For interested couples, Canton Tower offers no shortage of reception options. For the thrifty couple, there’s the exhibition hall, which can hold 45 tables, while the 900 square metre banquet hall can hold 30 tables. There are several more options for the more particular couple, such as the Lutece French restaurant on the 105th floor, the revolving restaurant on the 106th floor, or the rooftop terrace. Although the wedding packages may be pricey, Lei added that couples simply visiting the tower to take photographs won’t have to pay. It’s good to know that even amongst such opulence, there’s still a deal to be had.