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


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


Festival setting

Festival setting

Q. We've chosen a marquee for our reception so we have a blank canvas. How can we add the finishing touches to make it all the more special?

A. Kelly Dormer says: Marquees are a great place to host a wedding. The flexible nature of these settings means that almost any theme and layout is possible – something that can often become a sticking point for fixed location venues.

With contemporary aluminium-framed clearspan marquees that are fully lit and carpeted, you can create the feel of a modern venue. Alternatively, you could opt for a traditional marquee – relaxed festival or summer fete styling would look great with hay bales for seating, bunting in abundance and old-fashioned garden games to entertain your guests.

Kelly Dormer


Setting the scene at a festival wedding

Setting the scene at a festival wedding

Q. I love the idea of a festival wedding and can't wait to get creative with the décor but I'm not sure where to start. Can you give me some ideas?

A. Ruby Adds says: A tipi is the ultimate venue for a festival-style reception, but you can also create a similar vibe using lighting, flowers and relaxed seating areas. Start with a gorgeous outdoor space where your guests can relax. String festoon lighting around giant shepherd hooks to light up the area, use hay bales and colourful rugs as seating options and have a collection of soft hand-knitted blankets for when the sun's gone down. Use flowers and foliage to define the space as well as bringing colour and a wild, carefree feel to your evening. A funky alternative to floral arrangements is using large pot plants such as aspidistra or palm, or suspend small trailing plants in macramé hanging pots.

If you have tables and seating for dinner, macramé table runners and wall hangings are a beautiful way to bring the '70s feel to the party. Add to that some vintage retro crockery – I love vibrant green, orange or yellow and perhaps some pampas grass for a truly authentic vibe.

Ruby Adds


Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Q. Our marquee venue's a blank canvas so we can create our style. What can we do with our décor to create a gorgeous romance-filled theme?

A. Lisa Kitts says: A Valentine's Day wedding would be so romantic! We're still feeling that bite in the air at this time of the year so I'd suggest that you fill the marquee with lots of deep warm colours and soft lighting.

A curtained wooden draped frame awash with winter foliage and deep red flower heads would welcome the guests as they enter. For your entrance, line the walkway with cylinder vases containing church candles and scatter the floor with petals. I'd dress each table with candle-filled glassware on a bed of petals and use Champagne-coloured chair hoods to soften the look of the room.

Giant 'Love' letters add lighting and a focal point to the room. Use soft fabric drapes on your top table along with lots of blooms, candles and glassware running the full length of the table to tie in with the centrepieces. To add the finishing touch, place floral pillars throughout the marquee to bring the outside in.

Lisa Kitts