A colourful occasion
A wedding is made up of countless elements that come together on one day to create an atmosphere of beauty and romance, and decorations are an integral part of the celebration.
Manager Vivien Chung at Ines Wedding (www.inesweddings.com.hk) says the key to creating stunning decorations is a contrast of colours.
'We use a large variety of different styles, but using a colour contrast helps bring out the decorations,' Chung says.
'Usually, couples have no idea what they want. They say, 'can you show us some photos that will give us a dream wedding?' Or they send some photos and ask us if we can do the same. We can normally do it, but we aren't copycats. So, we'll create something with a similar style but make it unique.'
For additional visuals, couples can use graphic printing on flat surfaces, boards or fabric. Other decorative elements, Chung says, include flower stands, archways, petals in aisles, decorative trees and standing crystal lights.
Chinese weddings have 'a lot of red' and motifs of the double-happiness character, Chung says. For Western weddings, the colour scheme is usually a blend of light colours. Purple is the new 'in colour', sometimes paired with green or white which by itself is another popular combination.
The starting price for wedding decorations, depending on the scale and requirements, is approximately HK$5,000, Chung says. For small weddings, set-up usually takes about two hours, while a complicated design can take four to five.
If your wedding ceremony or reception is at a hotel, the chances are there is a list of do's and don'ts. 'Most of the time we can't stick anything on the wall, and a lot of 5-star hotels have a 'no silk flowers' rule. They don't think silk flowers are good enough,' Chung says.
For those planning an outdoor wedding, Event Canopies Asia (www.eventcanopiesasia.com) offers an alternative to a marquee.
'It's more contemporary and up-market in its look [than a marquee]. It's a seductive shape in daylight or at night,' says Clive Kirsten, the company's director and founder. 'We market our product to not just give protection against the weather, but to create a wonderful space where you can see the whole environment and wedding.'
An advantage of using a canopy instead of a marquee, Kirsten explains, is its flexibility. 'You don't need a level surface to set it up. And because its made of a light fabric, we can get into places with restricted access.'
It's best to reserve decorations up to six months in advance, says Chung, who received a booking from a couple for a wedding next month.