A survey has found that four in five Hong Kong people cannot accept the idea of a marriage without the usual ceremonies and banquets, or a so-called naked wedding.
However, 60 percent of respondents said they are open to a “half-naked wedding”, or a marriage that involves ceremonies but which will not entail huge spending on things such as diamond rings, wedding banquet or a property purchase, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
A majority of people interviewed by Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre (CFCSC) said they are willing to forego lavish rituals during weddings, according to the report.
Wong Chui-shan, a CFCSC family service supervisor, was quoted as saying that a “half-naked wedding” is more of a reality rather than a choice among couples nowadays, especially in a poor economic environment.
Wong believes weddings with minimal spending will become mainstream practice going forward. However, she stressed that people are not willing to abandon the traditions in marriage celebrations.
CFCSC interviewed 474 people in January and February this year for its survey. Forty-seven percent of the respondents were aged between 24 and 33, with over half of them making a monthly salary of HK$10,000 to HK$25,000.
By definition, a “naked wedding” means a marriage registration without buying a flat, hosting a banquet and buying diamond rings, whereas a “half-naked wedding” means renting a flat, opting for cheaper rings, and hosting no banquets.
The 20 percent of people who are willing to accept a “naked wedding” said they consider the traditional wedding ceremonies too costly and troublesome.
Among them, 51 percent said they would rather avoid the formalities than having to borrow money from other members of the family.
Of the 80 percent of people who are against the minimalist approach, 55 percent said they have to make the ceremony memorable as it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Forty-eight percent felt that parents of both sides would also oppose canceling out the celebratory events.
According to the Immigration Department, there were 183 marriage registrations on Valentine’s Day Sunday, much fewer than the 202 and 529 registrations recorded on the same date in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
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