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Isle of Wight wedding sweets and favours

The Rock Shop

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We all have a favourite sweet and they often bring back childhood memories, or to get our hands on our favourite sweets we revert back to childlike behaviour. There is a recent trend to want to cater for the sweet tooth at your wedding whilst providing something to eat that will keep the kids quiet until a little later past their bed time. On blogs and wedding websites we are seeing more and more sweets for weddings as decorations, sweet tree centerpieces, on sweet carts as an additional venue dressing option and as favours. More often than not, sweets can be a win win option as most people like most sweets or if you choose to mix it up they can swap with each other, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not they will want to take them as a wedding favour home.

Here on the Isle of Wight it is becoming more and more popular to choose bespoke handmade sweet trees for each table as a centerpiece and it has even offered the opportunity to theme a wedding e.g. Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Cadburys purple, or just a different sweet for each table name or for a vintage look. The sweet trees sometimes end up as a little snack for your guests while they wait for their food to arrive or be ready, or you can place a polite note that these will be their dessert so choose wisely when starting to pick at the chocolates. 

If you still want to decide on your favourite dessert for your main reception meal and save the sweet fest for the evening when your daytime guests are feeling peckish and your evening guests have arrived, then the Sweet cart might just be for you. CDecorated with modern or vintage looking jars and bowls with scoops and even branded sweet bags to match your theme.  Keeps everyone amused for a while, quenches that thirst for a fruity sweet but you might have to get a bridesmaid to watch the queue – single!

What we like about sweets, is that they are edible. Ok – so you might be getting the picture that Marianne and I really like sweets and chocolate, however, most people do.  A wedding favour or edible centerpiece is always a way of ensuring as little waste as possible after your wedding day, as even after a couple of drinks your guests will be hoovering them up. You don’t have to worry about whether your guests like their favours and will have a place on the mantelpiece for them, because they ate them. While they last they also look pretty good and create a talking point amongst your guests, so those who don’t know each other that well have a nice little ice breaker conversation to get the atmosphere going.


If you are planning your wedding on the Isle of Wight and are considering having sweet centerpieces, sweet wedding favours or a sweet cart at your reception, then why not use one of the oldest traditional sweet shops on the Island? If you want your day to invoke that feeling of nostalgia then The Rock Shop are sure to offer that to you. 65 years on they are still providing traditional and modern sweets for the visiting tourist but also for weddings too. We wanted to hear more from Suzanne of The Rock Shop on how The Rock Shop has grown on the Isle of Wight, what and why they are now creating bespoke sweet creations for weddings and why they would venture into the wedding industry.


When did you start The Rock Shop and why?

The Rock Shop has been around for over 65 years providing all things sweets for tourists and locals alike.

Charles Kureen the founder of the Rock Shop came for a visit to the Island after WW2 and fell in the love with its charm and decided this would be the place he would start his businesses….and The Rock Shops were born!


Why did you decide to base you business on the Isle of Wight?

Because at the time, it was the era of the Golden Rail Holidays when the factories across England would shut for their annual two weeks holiday and come to the seaside and the traditional stick of rock was the only present that everyone wanted to take back.


How has The Rock Shop grown since you started?

After the sugar rationing was lifted at the end of the Second World War, obviously confectionary boomed because it was a forgotten luxury so the business grew from strength to strength.

The Rock shops you see today still have the same qualities that have always made them great; they have an amazing traditional and retro feel whilst keeping up to date with all the trends in all things sweet.

We started the ‘Wedding’ side of the business in 2010 after seeing a huge gap in the market on the island when it came to favours and sweetie centerpieces that were beautiful and locally made!


Who are the team behind The Rock Shop?

The Rock Shops themselves are run by a staff of around 30 during the peak summer season, with some members of staff having been here for almost 30 years!

The ‘Wedding’ side of the business is run by a small dedicated team led by Laura Steen- Williams


What are the main wedding services that you offer couples?

The main wedding services that we offer couples are Beautiful Handmade Sweetie Trees, Candy Buffets and Wedding Favours.

Our wedding favours can range from a stick of personalised rock colour coordinated to tie in with a colour scheme, to a vintage mini sweetie jar filled with retro sweet goodies!

We also cater for all types of food intolerances including diabetic, celiac and those with dairy allergies.


What is the future for The Rock Shop, any new developments for the future?

We are always working on new exciting ideas and products for the business, our wedding services have grown massively in the last couple of years and we are hoping to keep up with that momentum and go from strength to strength…. I am one of those people who needs to have a notebook in every room incase an idea pops up and I need to start sketching out ideas!

What do you think differentiates you from the other cake and confectionary designers?

I think what makes us different from anyone working in our area of the business is that we have a long running reputation on the island for being great at what we do when it comes to confectionary, so when we started up the wedding side of the business we had a huge amount to live up to! We wanted to make people on the Island realise we were more than just a seaside sweet shop and that we are actually producing some really beautiful and unique products for weddings and events.


Well with 65 years under their belt they most definitely know how to make a great tasting sweet and from the sounds of it, the wedding team are keen to constantly keep up with trends whilst creating never seen before sweet creations. As a child I (Katie) remember going to The Rock Shop to watch sticks of rock be made. It was so long ago it, how escapes me so it is definitely time for another visit in the summer.

For more information from The Rock Shop on what they could create for your wedding, just head over to The Rock Shop profile page and use the direct enquiry button to send an email with all your requirements straight to them. They’ll be happy to hear from you.


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