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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

 

A very big house in the country

A very big house in the country

Q. We're getting married in a beautiful country house venue. How do we reflect the luxurious setting in our venue styling?

A. Tia Demir says: When planning your styling, choose opulent centrepieces that complement the setting. For example, glass-cut candelabra brimming with florals would work beautifully. I also love candles for creating a romantic and cosy atmosphere. Imagine walking into a room full of flickering candles giving a warm glow for understated wow factor. This look is very easy to achieve by opting for centrepieces that hold candles and also adding some low ones around the base.

Tiered layers is a must to get this look right. Dress your tables with delicate lace overlays or sequin tablecloths for a touch of glam, and make sure they're large enough to cover the whole table down to the floor. Pay attention to the finishing touches for a flawless outcome.

Complete the styling with a beautiful backdrop behind the top table. Sheer draped chiffon with fairylights or just pulled together with foliage will look elegant without overpowering photos of the newlyweds. The best tip is to simply follow the vibe of the venue to create harmony and achieve a timeless look.

Tia Demir,Mediterranean Occasions Venue Stylists
www.venuestylists.co.uk

 

Getting personal

Getting personal

Q. We're planning a smaller and more personal celebration than we originally had in mind. How can we reflect ourselves as a couple in our styling?

A. Emma Fews says: By choosing a more intimate wedding with your closest loved ones, you can focus on creating a memorable experience for you and your guests. Remember, just because the guest list is small, it doesn't mean everything else needs to be! Firstly, go back to basics and prioritise what's most important to you. Fewer guests will allow more budget to spend on these priorities – whether that's transforming your space with the décor of your dreams or having a fairytale designer dress – do what's right for you.

You'll want to adapt your wedding space to make it feel more intimate and snug. Add plenty of lanterns and warm candlelight to get that romantic feel. Add a few tall, statement centrepieces to fill the room with height and width. You could opt for a sweetheart top table to be the focal point of the room and add a beautiful backdrop to frame it.

A smaller wedding really gives you the opportunity to focus on all of the little touches for your family and friends. Use personalised place settings that your guests can take home and choose table names with special meanings to you as a couple.

Emma Fews,Elf Occasions Venue Styling
www.elfoccasions.co.uk

 

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
www.thatamazingplace.co.uk

 

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
www.scarlettheartweddings.com

 

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
www.brownsbloomsandballoons.co.uk