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


Your day your way

Your day your way

Q. We want our day to reflect us as a couple. How do we make a venue our own?

A. Angie Roberts says: When you start planning your day, always remember that you're not getting married to impress a room full of people. It is a celebration of the love that you and your partner share; the most important thing is that it reflects the two of you.

With this in mind, the first thing to do is to find a venue that suits you both. For example, if you're a modern couple looking for something less traditional, don't waste your time looking at old-fashioned settings. Instead, find somewhere that's a blank canvas waiting to be transformed to showcase your tastes. Venues with light, bright interiors and simple yet elegant spaces are great for adding your own stamp.

Make a list of things that are important to you and chat these through with the venue coordinator so that they can understand your needs, and most importantly, ensure they can fulfil them. Some venues are more flexible than others, so find somewhere that will support your vision and help you create it.

Angie Roberts,That Amazing Place


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