You’re getting married, you’re SO excited, your head is spinning, you know exactly what type of venue and style you want…but how do you pull it together?
I’m sharing my tips on styling your wedding venue to suit the theme as seen in Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding Magazine, particularly for an English Country Garden, Industrial Chic or Luxe Glamour wedding.
Quintessentially English Country Garden Wedding
Think rustic settings or marquees, pastel tones and unstructured florals, exactly as you would find in an English country garden. Vintage lace tablecloths, floral bunting, mismatched crockery, burlap and lavender favours plus paper lanterns in the trees would be beautiful additions for a quintessentially English country garden wedding.
Traditional afternoon tea and scones, cheese and rustic breads on slate with local chutneys or a hog roast would all work particularly well for the food, as would pink lemonade, Pimms and local ales for drinks.
For brides and grooms wanting to DIY and save on costs this theme provides wonderful opportunities, such as using heirloom cake stands, old wooden ladders and crates, homemade candles in charity shop tea cups, homemade manilla invitations tied with lace, brown string and paper doilies and wild flowers from the garden in vintage bottles or decorated tin cans.
A 2019 trend take on this theme would be to introduce a boho vibe by using stronger colours like coral and orange over pastels, aztec patterns over white lace and burlap, and the use of pampas grass whilst still maintaining the unstructured rustic vibe.
You can check out my Boho Wedding Shoot post for more ideas on this too or you can shop the look…
Boho image photo credit: Rebecca Faith Photo, Oh So Kel creative design and styling, Angel’s Kitchen cake, The Secret Garden Florist Axbridge flowers.
Modern, Industrial City-Centre Wedding
Open brickwork, steel beams and industrial windows are often a feature of a modern, industrial city-centre wedding, as are high ceilings and big expansive rooms so it’s important to be mindful of its features and filling the space.
Fairy lights overhead, a bright white palette, large balloons or paper lanterns and oversized glass vases or storm lanterns would work particularly well, as would structured florals such as tightly packed Cala Lily bouquets, white orchids and unique quirky touches like arriving at the venue in a vintage bus.
Think rows of long tables rather than round tables to create clean lines and clear perspex chairs to complement the modern edge.
Sophisticated cocktails and burgers at midnight would go down a storm!
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs
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Super Luxe, Glamour Wedding
A super luxe, all-out glamour wedding conjures up images of monochrome, crystals and mirrors, an abundance of flowers, a huge white flower wall, crystal trees, the biggest most intricate cake you’ve ever seen and a chequered dance floor in a grand ballroom complete with monogrammed gobo for the bride and groom to perform their perfectly choreographed first dance.
For the ceremony, think of the bride walking down a personalised monogrammed aisle runner lined with petals and candles which leads to an elaborately decorated archway of flowers where her groom in black tie is waiting. Preceding her would be her sizeable bridal entourage walking to a live harpist and dressed in individually designed gowns, each wearing vintage crystal broaches and a Tiffany necklace given to them as gifts.
Champagne fountains and ice sculptures alongside canapés on mirrored trays add another touch of luxe, as would flowers cascading from the reception tables to the floor like fabric, grand candelabras with tall candles and silk covered favour boxes for guests on each place setting of exquisite tableware and crystal glasses.
Our classic white winter white wedding is shared here, including all the DIY details. Think candlelight, crystals, Cuban cigars and personalised fish and chip paper!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on styling your wedding venue to suit the theme and I wish you a wonderful wedding day.
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