Getting married in Hong Kong can be a complicated process, but it doesn't have to be. With the advent of online weddings, couples can now tie the knot from the comfort of their own homes, without the inconvenience and costly travel expenses of getting married abroad. In this article, we'll answer all your questions about getting married in Hong Kong, including how to obtain a legal US marriage certificate that is recognized in Hong Kong.

What is the fastest way to get married in Hong Kong?

Simple answer: online marriage! If you want to get married online, the process is fairly simple. You will need to apply for your marriage certificate online and pay a fee. You'll also need to provide proof that both parties are over 18 years old, such as a driver's license number or passport number. 

Couples using Courtly can complete the entire process online from anywhere in the world. It is painless, paperless, and usually takes less than 48 hours to obtain a legal, US marriage certificate. 

Are online marriages valid in Hong Kong?

Marriages done abroad or virtually are valid in Hong Kong if they are recognized as legal by the country in which they were performed. A legal US marriage certificate is recognized by Hong Kong as a valid document and therefore, a virtual or abroad marriage that is recognized by US is also valid in Hong Kong.

Why would I want a U.S. marriage certificate in Hong Kong?

You can use your U.S. marriage certificate as proof of your marriage both abroad and in Hong Kong. As of 2020, getting married online is 100% legal in all 50 U.S. states. This will help you when the time comes to apply for a visa and other immigration documents. But even if migration isn’t in your plan, a U.S. marriage certificate is recognized by Hong Kong as a valid document, and therefore, it can be used to register your marriage in Hong Kong.

Is there a need to get your marriage registered in Hong Kong?

Yes, once you obtain a legal US marriage certificate, you will need to register your marriage in Hong Kong. This is typically done by submitting your marriage certificate to the appropriate government office, along with other required documentation.

For further clarification, it’s best to contact the officials in your jurisdiction or an immigration or family law attorney. They can help you determine the legal status of your remote appearance wedding and any additional steps or documents you may need for recognition.

What is an apostille and do I need one?

An apostille is a form of certification that is recognized by countries that have signed the Hague Convention. If you plan to use your US marriage certificate in Hong Kong, you will need to have it apostilled, which involves having it certified by the appropriate government office in the United States. Courtly provides Apostille certification, which can take between 15 to 30 business days to reach Hong Kong after the online ceremony. 

You have the option to get an Apostilled copy of your marriage certificate as an add-on. You can learn more about potential add-ons on Courtly’s Pricing Page.

What is the step-by-step process to get married online in Hong Kong?

Using Courtly, couples may do the entire process online from any place. A legitimate U.S. marriage certificate may be acquired quickly, easily, and in most cases, in less than 48 hours, without any documentation.

1.Complete the sign-up procedure by creating an account.

It's as simple as ABC to register with Courtly to be married online! To join up, simply click the "Get Married" icon in the top right corner and follow the on-screen instructions. As soon as you create your account, you should be able to access it.

2. Upload your pictures and private data.

A government-issued I.D. with the applicant's name and birthday clearly displayed is required. In order to help you obtain your marriage license, our concierge will use our secure I.D. verification procedure. Our system accepts several types of I.D.s from more than 200 nations!

We will check for any ambiguities and work with the authorities to make sure everything is ready for your big day.

3. Decide on the ceremony's format, setting, and officiant.

It's time to act! Choose a venue and ceremony style that suits you. Depending on the time and day you select, we'll match you with one of Courtly's legally qualified US officiants.

4. After paying for your wedding package, you will get an email confirmation.

Make the payment and watch for Courtly's email of confirmation. When this is finished, the wedding bells should start to sound!

5. Join your family and friends online to celebrate your marriage!

Finally, get hitched online while lounging in your house (or any other place with a strong internet connection!). It should take roughly 15 minutes to complete the ceremony.

A digital copy of your U.S. marriage certificate will be sent to you immediately after your online wedding, and a printed copy will be sent to you within a few business days. Soon after the wedding, you may download your digital marriage license.

How much does it cost to have an online marriage in Hong Kong?

A traditional wedding in Hong Kong can be costly, with costs including the marriage license fee, ceremony expenses, and more. 

An online wedding, on the other hand, can be more cost-effective. Courtly provides packages that include everything you'll need for a successful online marriage. For HKD $4,000, you will get a valid marriage license, an online ceremony, and a legal, US marriage certificate. If you want to include an apostille stamp or request witnesses, there are additional fees. You can learn more about potential add-ons on Courtly's Pricing Page.

What if I want to get married traditionally in Hong Kong? What are the steps required?

Getting married in Hong Kong involves several steps including submitting a notice of intended marriage to the Registrar of Marriages, providing proof of identity and residential address, submitting a marriage registration form, having a wedding ceremony performed by a registered celebrant in the presence of at least two witnesses, and receiving a marriage certificate as proof of the marriage.

With Courtly, the process is streamlined, as you can obtain a legal US marriage certificate through an online ceremony, and then use that certificate to register your marriage in Hong Kong.

Getting married in Hong Kong can be a daunting process, but with the help of Courtly, couples can obtain a legal US marriage certificate, which can be used to register their marriage in Hong Kong. This eliminates the need for costly travel expenses and the inconvenience of getting married abroad. With the option of an online wedding, couples can easily tie the knot from the comfort of their own homes, making it the fastest and most cost-effective way to get married in Hong Kong.

Let us handle the paperwork.

Getting married is complicated. Courtly simplifies the process and provides everything necessary to get married online, including providing a licensed officiant who can perform a remote ceremony.

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