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

 

Rustic-chic

Rustic-chic

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
www.rusticrentals.co.uk

 

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
www.kingsplastics/weddings-and-events

 

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
www.creativecollections.uk

 

A very big house in the country

A very big house in the country

Q. We're overwhelmed by the thought of styling our manor house venue. What are your top tips for dressing our day without breaking the bank?

A. Alison Hieron says: This setting is perfect for a quintessentially English celebration. Start by deciding on a colour scheme and create your vision from this. Flowers are a must in this type of venue, and candles – where possible – make the perfect accessory.

Look around the house to see what features you can enhance, like a fireplace, mantelpiece or staircase. Use framed mirrors on easels dressed with blooms for seating plans and signage. For a personal, cost-effective touch, put out family photos in classic-style frames nestled in soft fabrics on a sideboard.

Line a sweeping staircase with candles and petals, and add a big arrangement at the foot of the stairs. To save the pennies, consider hiring artificial floral arrangements.

Table centrepieces can be created in many different ways. Candelabra wrapped with green leafy hedgerow garlands look stunning. Glass vases filled with seasonal flowers are another way to add nature's colours into your English country wedding. Don't try to fill every little space – just focus in and showcase certain details. Wooden signage and floral backdrops make great focal points, and bunting is another pretty yet inexpensive option.

Just remember, you chose the country house because it's already beautiful; you just want to enhance what's there.

Alison Hieron
www.creativecollections.uk

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