FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands 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@youreastmidlands.wedding


Style it out

Style it out

Q. We're getting married in a few weeks, but we've left most of the planning until the last minute and I'm panicking about how to decorate our venue. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Hayley Belcher says: Don't panic because a talented supplier will be able to select a colour, theme or prop and use this as a base to create your dream aesthetic to complement your venue. 

Using chair drapes and table runners are two quick and effective ways to instantly create an atmosphere to the event while brightening up any room. You can also design a luxury tablescape by adding gold or vintage brass candlesticks to each table, which can be used for multiple themes.

Hayley Belcher,The English Wedding Co.


The finer details

The finer details

Q. I want to add floral touches to my venue and wedding, what do you suggest?

A. EventExquisite Team says: Here at EventExquisite Ltd we're not only a venue styling company but we're also florists specialising in fresh and silk flowers. This enables us to cater to a wide range of budgets to provide beautiful floral décor and bridal party flowers.

Many fresh flowers are seasonal and aren't available all year round. If our client requests a specific blooms that's out of season, we can opt for the silk version to fulfil their requirements. Flowers can be used in centrepieces, on arches, draped across the top table or wrapped around columns and more – the options are endless.

EventExquisite Team,EventExquisite Ltd


Rustic beauty

Rustic beauty

Q. For a rustic theme wedding in winter time I would suggest multiple ideas for styling.

A. Kaila Green says: Here at Big Day Display, we have created a new Rustic Range that sits beautifully within quality rural styling, suiting all barn settings.

A rustic easel display with crates, milk churns, greenery and other fitting items such as lanterns and logs is stylishly in keeping with the theme and sets a warm welcome to leave a lasting first impressions.

Classic barns tend to be a little dark, especially in the winter months and require illumination to bring to life.

Whilst the new contemporary barns are bright and airy they need the right props to set the mood and make it your own. Big Day Display's 4ft Rustic LOVE Letters and Rustic Illuminated Heart will add a sparkling warm glow to your celebrations.

Our exclusive Rustic Market Cart and Edison Arch with its vintage, industrial-style Edison lights would be a striking way to display sweets, popcorn, doughnuts, cheese and biscuits; or as a fabulous and dramatic presentation of a wedding cake and cupcakes.

Dare to be different and give your guests something they'll remember for years to come!

Kaila Green


Styling on your big day

Styling on your big day

Q. We're looking to tie the knot at Christmas but we don't want the typical Christmas paraphernalia for our styling, so how can we get around this?

A. Sarah Dixon says: Sarah says: I would advise all brides not to focus on Christmas, it's your wedding day and the styling should reflect your own personal preferences not be overshadowed by the Christmas period.

Many palettes and themes are not seasonal and look sensational at any time of the year, think geometric, classic white wedding and why not add a pop of colour with a rustic bohemian theme?

In 2020 it's all about going big, think oversized balloons, giant centrepieces and large floral displays – not a hint of Santa in sight! Be creative with your lighting, think about experimenting with exposed bulbs, chandeliers and candles. Tis the season to be jolly, but also perfect to rock your wedding in style.

Sarah Dixon


Winter Decor

Winter Decor

Q. I'm excited for my winter wedding but I'm stuck on the décor, I want to make my venue cosy and festive. Can you give me any ideas?

A. Ruby Adds says: Ruby says: As lighting is so important at a winter wedding I love to use candles wherever I can. Adding tall taper candles onto the dinner tables creates soft warm lighting, if real candles are not permitted source good quality faux candles.

Depending on the ceiling height of the room I would use them in either tall candelabras or small single stem candle holders. Using reflective surfaces in your venue will bounce the candlelight around the room beautifully, large mirrors can be hand-painted to create welcome signs or a table seating plan.

If you have a fireplace in your venue make it a real feature by adding a large floral arrangement to the mantelpiece. If the fire can not be lit then fill the hearth with lots of pillar candles in various heights, this will create a beautiful feature in the room.

Using sequin table runners and metallic tea light holders on the tables will add a lovely bit of sparkle.

Think about your reception drinks too, you don't need to stick to the traditional flute of champagne, why not serve hot chocolate with Baileys in vintage teacups? Include a small shortbread biscuit or a mini mince pie! It'll warm everyone up as they arrive at your beautiful wedding venue.

Don't forget your outside space, use festoon lighting to create a zone, add a firepit with a tub of large marshmallows to toast, and a basket filled with lots of soft blankets. This will create a cosy feature that everyone will be able to enjoy throughout the evening!

Ruby Adds

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