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Expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from An Essex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@anessex.wedding


Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Q. Our wedding has crept up on us very quickly! How do we give our barn venue the rustic look we've been aiming for in time and on budget?

A. Arran Harding says: The great news is a barn venue is simple to dress as most of the work in creating the vintage look is done for you. There are some simple things that can be done to enhance and continue the theme, without breaking the bank.

Hessian and lace look great on both a covered or uncovered chair, and a matching table runner will complement the look perfectly. Add a simple log slice to the centre of each of your tables and decorate with an assortment of jars, candles, fairylights and pretty flowers. The end result will look amazing and won't cost the earth.

I'd also recommend a naked or semi-naked cake. You'll find most cake designers will charge less for this style and it'll be a showstopping addition to your setting.

There are lots of simple and cost-effective ways to get your dream wedding, and packages like this can be tailored and provided by us to make planning a breeze.

Arran Harding


Beautifully in bloom

Beautifully in bloom

Q. My husband-to-be and I are tying the knot on Valentine's Day and have no idea how to decorate our village hall venue. What would you suggest?

A. Joanna Brown says: Village halls are fantastic as you're starting with a blank canvas, so the clever use of flowers can make them look stunning. If you're having long tables then I'd opt for garlands of foliage running along the centre with small vases full of pretty flowers and lots of candles threaded through – it's still the winter season so it's a great way to add a little romance of the occasion.

Just because it's Valentine's you don't have to choose the traditional blooms, especially as prices will be at a premium, instead mix some red tones in with pinks, blues and ivory with lots of seasonal foliage and berries to give a rich luxurious look. For added wow factor, fairylights or candles will leave the space looking gorgeous.

Village halls can often be very quirky so highlight these areas by adding foliage and lanterns along window ledges or wrapping beams with bunting and lights.

Joanna Brown


A slice as nice

A slice as nice

Q. My husband-to-be and I are set to tie the knot next spring. We've not got a big-day theme, but still want a beautiful cake for our nuptials – what are going to be the hot trends for 2019?

A. Lis and Katie says: Mixed-media is going to be a fabulous trend next year. The combination of different textures and piping styles will take centre stage. Adorning the bake with dripping chocolate, meringue kisses, macarons, fresh spring florals, and foliage matching the bridal bouquet will also be huge. As much as a wedding cake has to be visibly beautiful, it also has to taste amazing too! Our brides love each tier to be a different flavour, our most popular ones are lemon drizzle and raspberry with white chocolate frosting.

Lis and Katie