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Prudence Staite, creative director of Gloucestershire-based Food is Art, explains how to impress guests with unusual favours and edible gift ideas.
She explains that an impressive feature at a wedding could be a bespoke chocolate centrepiece feature portrait of the happy couple. These can be made using a chocolate slab canvas that weighs approximately 2kg and measures 35cm high and 25cm wide. It's surrounded with a chocolate frame, dusted in edible gold or silver, and the actual portrait is painted using dark and white chocolate. It's a fantastic way to decorate the top table, and everything on it can be eaten.
For an even larger feature, couples can opt for a chocolate mosaic-style creation that showcases the portraits made from individual chocolates, all types of sweeties, including jelly beans, plus chocolate buttons and pieces broken from popular chocolate bars. These are usually 65cm high and 40cm wide and, again, is all completely edible. Displayed upright on their own table at a wedding, they get a lot of attention! Instead of cutting a traditional cake, the couple smash it using a hammer and share it with their guests, which is much more fun than the traditional cake-cutting and something that your guests will remember.
Wedding favours should be fun and something for guests to enjoy, so why not have edible ones? Chocolate shapes, including hearts and rectangles, combine wedding favours with place names. Each name is hand-piped in a contrasting colour, and you can choose the ribbon to fit the theme. There's also the option of having a pair of chocolate shoes for the ladies and personalised shot glasses for the gents.
Couples could also consider a chocolate wedding cake with a hand-sculpted topper made from solid chocolate, which can reflect the happy couple's interests and personalities, or a giant chocolate sculpture of the newlyweds, www.foodisart.co.uk
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