Let imagination run wild
Weddings are all about love, celebration and a touch of fantasy. It's the chance for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle like a prince and princess, and make their dreams come true.
For some, a dream wedding involves a beautiful church and five-star hotel, while others want nothing more than a simple garden 'I do'.
However, as weddings have become more personalised, many couples are centring their big day around a specific theme.
'About 70 to 80 per cent of our clients try to have a focus with their wedding. But part of that has something to do with the clients we attract,' says Conway Lau, director at Pink Wedding (www.pinkwedding.com.hk).
'If the couple have the money to make the wedding more extravagant they often spend it on the d?cor.'
Lau planned a wedding with the theme of a 'Fairytale Road Trip'. It was a make-believe journey down memory lane of the couple's travels, complete with numerous photo albums and a backdrop of a vintage Volkswagen minivan.
'I love it when a couple has a theme, it makes our job easier,' Lau explains. 'Once we focus on a theme, it's not just about the decoration, but everything like the invitations, wedding favours, how we are going to present the videos and the music we choose.'
Other memorable themes include Winter Wonderland, Butterflies and Sunshine Garden.
For an Old Hollywood theme, Lau says his team tried to channel the glamorous period of the 1920s and 1930s. They used a slew of vintage patterns and a strictly black and white colour scheme, along with plenty of mirrors, crystal and Roman columns.
'Having a theme is much easier. If you search Old Hollywood, it helps narrow down ideas. But if you search for a colour, the range is too big,' says Lau.
Family members, the director notes, don't mind non-traditional wedding themes. 'Most families welcome the different ideas. They bring focus to a wedding,' he says.
At The Theme Wedding Design (http://thethemewedding.com), chief designer Vicky Chan says themes were not previously popular. Nowadays, they have become a 'must-do'.
Chan has created themes such as Alice in Wonderland, the Wedding Forest, Summer Breeze and Navy Love.
For the latter, the sea-loving couple held their Navy Love reception at the Hong Kong Sea School, amid sailing boats and the water. Other elements included an aqua blue and cream colour scheme, sailing boat wedding cake and matching crystal wedding favours.
Chan has also noticed a recent dessert trend. On top of the usual Chinese desserts, candy corners are popping up at weddings, with some featuring personalised candies.