Wedding Decor · Wedding Styling

Tips to Style your Wedding Venue

Now I might be doing myself out of a job here but I am frequently asked for wedding styling tips or ideas for setting out the props you hire from me. I want your wedding venue to look as fab as you want it to, so here are a few of my tips to get maximum impact from your hired props.

What’s your Style? –

This is often something a lot my couples find the trickiest, picking a style! I understand, you like everything, so do I. For me, I think some of the best weddings have a bit of a mix of styles. So, if you really like boho but your venue is quite rustic then I would suggest mainly using boho but with touches of rustic. If you love rustic but you simply have to have a boho Persian rug aisle then go for it, it can totally work. The best weddings are the ones where couples let their imagination go and just do what they love.

Planning –

Think about your venue, the different spaces and how you intend to use them. You may have a big open space in a barn, for example, and you want to zone it off with a seating area and photo backdrop. So, think what you will need to decorate these areas and make a list of items required for each area, this will save so much time on setup day.

wedding decor to do list

Go Big –

When thinking about the placement of your props, work on making a big impact with a couple of big displays rather than trying to decorate everywhere and placing things here and there. You want your guests to be wowed (is that even a word!) so think of clustering things together.

Delegate –

I know you want a DIY wedding but on setup day it can be pretty stressful. You will have a list of things that need done and your focus will be pulling your whole look together so allocate jobs to everyone who has come along to help. This way they know exactly what they are in charge of and won’t disturb your creativity with questions.

Prepare –

Anything you can do in the days running up to your wedding, do it. Whether its sign writing or organising your props into boxes and bags, anything to save time on the day. A bag with essentials is also a great idea, think string, push pins, sellotape, scissors etc

Don’t Panic –

Sometimes plans need to change! The caterer needs more room, your setup is blocking a fire exit, but just go with it. Necessity is the mother of invention and it will all work out. Have fun but if you feel like maybe you do need some professional assistance just get in touch!

 

Taypark house wedding prop hire
Photo by Barry Robb Photography

 

 

Wedding Decor

Is foliage the new flower?

I love foliage and I especially love foliage at a wedding. Foliage has become just as big as flowers in recent years and it seems to be featuring more and more in modern & rustic wedding décor. I have seen some amazing foliage installations, by florists, in the last year. From a full on woodland entrance, which had the effect of walking down a tree lined street with overhanging branches, to a ceiling hanging foliage installation like the one below! They were both amazing but if your budget can’t stretch to something like this by a professional, foliage is still a great way to decorate. It can really make a room come to life and it is also a great way to stretch your flower budget. Have a look at the Gallery section to see how foliage was used in some previous weddings.

Photo via Rock My Wedding

 

The table above is also using foliage as a runner and I love this look. How about sprigs of herbs for your place settings or as table ends?  A display of potted herbs clustered together works beautifully and smells so good! Leaves can be used as place cards for your guests, cheap and effective.

Foliage backdrops are so popular and it’s easy to see why. I have 2 faux foliage backdrops in the Props section but I like to add real foliage to them too.

It is also a very effective way to make displays come to life with a few bits of foliage placed in bottles, vases or tied to hoops and ladders. The possibilities are endless, and it is definitely a favourite of mine.

Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings