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.
Research your venue, look at images of past weddings and find what they did that you like and didn’t like. What is the venue’s best feature’s? How can you make the most of them? What are the area’s that need decorating the most? What does the venue supply? Do they have furniture you can hire, for example.
2. Pick a Style
This is often something a lot my couples find the trickiest, picking a style! I understand, you like everything, so do I. Do what you love, the best weddings have a bit of the couples personality and taste all over it. Let your imagination go and just do what you love. Once you know the feel and look, focus and try not to get distracted by all the inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.
Research your suppliers and choose people whose ethos and style match yours. Don’t try and do everything yourself, a good florist and wedding stylist will save you time and stress!
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. Mentally walk through your venue and think about what each area needs.
Money can be tight and sometimes decor can be an afterthought. To save money and focus your styling, decorate the functional areas. Make a feature of your table plan, welcome table, dinner tables and of course your ceremony area. If you focus on certain areas you will save money and time when decorating and planning.
6. 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.
Think of ways you can use items again. Can you move your ceremony backdrop after the ceremony and use it as a photo backdrop for guests? Can you use your arch to hang your table plan from? Move your ceremony room florals and decor through to other areas after the ceremony.
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.
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
10. 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!