FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset 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@yourbristolsomerset.wedding


Add a little sparkle

Add a little sparkle

Q. We're having a traditional marquee wedding. How do we turn this blank canvas space into a wow-factor venue?

A. Simon Gerrard says: Chandelier lighting has given majesty, elegance and beauty to interiors for hundreds of years. In ballrooms and galleries their dazzling rays of light have long created an atmosphere of romance and wonder, and you can achieve this look for your wedding too.

Chandeliers have always been a part of the visual imagery of fairytales, taking us out of the everyday and into a magical world. In a marquee, which is a temporary structure, these beautiful light fixtures can give the space a sense of permanence and grandeur. Not only a source of light, they're a spectacular centrepiece and photo opportunity for your big day.

Simon Gerrard,Crescent Moon


A very big house in the country

A very big house in the country

Q. How do we dress our country manor venue without overpowering it?

A. Holly Allman-Lopez says: Here are our top tips for dressing this type of venue…

- Colour.
Consider your palette carefully so that it doesn't clash with the existing decor. Georgian and Palladian interiors work well with pastel tones, while Tudor or Victorian styles suit richer, darker hues. If in doubt, going neutral is a safe bet for a timeless look. White, ivory and cream work well in any setting and can complement or tone down a dramatic interior. 

- Metallics.
Think about your accent colours and metallics. If the room has gold chandeliers and elaborate Rococo mirrors, then golds would work best in your styling. If your room houses an amazing silver collection, then take your cue from that.

- Simplicity.
As country house interiors are often opulent, with portraits, mirrors and decorative objects, consider simple styling that will enhance this. Perhaps draw focus to an incredible feature fireplace with a foliage or floral display as well as flickering candles in the hearth.  

- Luxury.
This style of venue is all about luxury, so consider draped chiffon chair sashes, full tablescapes and glass charger plates to enhance the sense of grandeur and elegance.

Holly Allman-Lopez,Ambience Venue Styling Bath




Q. How can we bring a rustic vibe to our blank-canvas barn venue?

A. Lynne Panes says: A barn venue is the perfect setting for your theme and is ideal for putting your own stamp on the day. I love to repurpose vintage props and decor and use them to style distinct areas. You could have a welcome area for your guests to get a taste of your day as they arrive, as well as displays around your table plan and cake table. I always arrange props in groups of three: a tall, mid-level and low-height element to add interest. I'll then weave in foliage, florals for texture and flickering candlelight to add to the atmosphere. This will give a rustic-chic look that you'll love.

Lynne Panes,Rustic Rentals


Light it up

Light it up

Q. What props will give our micro-wedding the wow factor?

A. Lauren Hayman says: To make your day stand out, we have a variety of eye-catching neon signs that can be hung from one of our gorgeous flower walls or frames. To really make an impact, why not let us create a bespoke neon sign to really personalise your day? There's no limit to what we can offer as the signs are all made by us in-house – so we can create the perfect piece, no matter what your theme. The best part is, we can deliver to local venues and the products are low-voltage so you just plug in for instant wow factor.

Lauren Hayman,Kings Plastics


Go al fresco

Go al fresco

Q. What styling will suit our classic marquee wedding?

A. Alison Hieron says: A marquee provides a blank canvas that you can fill with your ideas. Start by welcoming your loved ones with flowers or a floral arch at the entrance, along with lanterns and a welcome sign to really draw the eye in. For the wedding breakfast, you could choose either long or round tables and make them look spectacular with garlands of foliage and flowers in the centre. Try adding a mix of candles for some romantic lighting; you may also want to add some taller decor like candelabras or geometric flower stands. Add drapes or pearl strands to your chairs for a stylish look.

You can hang florals or greenery from the ceiling of the marquee along with hanging glass tea-light baubles and chandeliers to really add impact. Another great addition would be strings of fairylights draped from the ceiling – these will come into their own in the evening. Flower walls work brilliantly in marquees and provide a great backdrop for photos. Add a few neon lights to give the party vibe later on. Outside, bales of hay make great seating and a few garden games for entertaining your guests is always a winner.

Alison Hieron,Creative Collections

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