Say it without flowers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am


A wedding would not be complete without flowers adorning the church or venue, and as a centrepiece on the banquet table.

Flowers bring warmth and joy, and arrangements are tailor-made for each event, taking into consideration style and colour.

However, with couples exerting their own individuality, edible decor makes guests sit up and take notice.

Sanja Dujic, owner of Edible Arrangements, makes flower arrangements out of fruit and chocolate, which are a hit with newly-weds wanting to avoid cliche decorations.

Nevertheless, Dujic says they aren't there to replace flowers. 'What we do is an extension to flowers. Newly-weds are more than happy not to have to dispose of tons of flowers after the wedding, instead they can eat the edible decor up.

'We have prepared 250 designs for customers to choose from, they are different in size and shape. Plus, we can personalise decorations by adding messages on the bouquet,

so edible arrangements provide a novelty factor that attracts people.'

An example of a popular edible design is the Sweetheart Bouquet made from fresh strawberries hand-dipped in gourmet chocolate, which is arranged in a keepsake container, which is adorned with heart prints.

Each couple has their own style when it comes to table decorations. Men like the fruit bouquets in a container shaped like a golf ball, tennis ball and football, Dujic says.

As a gesture of appreciation to your guests for attending your special day, wedding favours are given and this tradition is growing in popularity in Hong Kong. Even the favours are customised to match the theme of the day.

The tradition of giving wedding favours originated in Europe with the first wedding favours being trinket boxes made of crystal, porcelain and precious stones, and containing something sweet such as sugar cubes or delicate confectionary that symbolised wealth.

Nowadays, newly-weds prefer their wedding favours to be fashionable or practical, but The Mustard Seed Workshop also keeps the favours sweet.

'One of our popular wedding favours are homemade cookies, which are made and individually wrapped by local workers with mental and physical disabilities,' says Charlene Kotwall, founder of The Mustard Seed Workshop.

'Helping disenfranchised communities,' is how Kotwall describes her company, which trains people to make handmade gift products.

'We are a business with a social mandate. All our gift items are handmade like the soaps and fragrant candles, which are also popular wedding favours. Couples who sympathise with social injustice buy such gifts for their guests.'