Expert advice about venue styling

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Venue Styling


Spring fever

Spring fever

Q. What special touches can we add to our spring wedding next year to reflect the season?

A. Briony De’Ath says: Briony says: There's a whole range of things you can do throughout your celebration, not just with the decorative details but the wedding breakfast too. Here are just some ideas to get you thinking:

- The food Think about serving your guests lighter dishes and make the most of all the new vegetables coming into season. Spring greens, Savoy cabbage and spinach make for a splash of colour on the plate and taste amazing. You could also consider a dessert table in place of a traditional option and go to town decorating it with fresh petals and herbs such as sorrel and basil which complement sweet courses surprisingly well!

- The venue styling As spring heralds the beginning of the growing period any touches which remind your guests of the beauty of nature are always a good idea. Flower walls, either real or silk ones, provide a wonderful backdrop for your photos and will evoke the season. You can also create a beautiful effect with your wedding cake.We've seen wonderful creations featuring either fresh seasonal flowers or the most realistic sugar versions. You'll also have the benefit of not only slightly lighter nights but also sunset during the early evening, so make the most of it for romantic photos. Some of our couples have had wonderful golden-hour shots taken on the meadows behind the barn. Once the sun has gone done fairylights and lanterns outside also make for fantastically dramatic photos at night.

- Colour palettes Pastels, fresh green tones and pops of clear, bright colours typify a spring wedding. Source local seasonal flowers, there are a wealth of British-grown varieties starting to appear at this time of year. We find the natural and neutral tones of the beautiful old wood and brickwork at Hales Hall are the perfect backdrop for a soft palette. You can also easily work some delicate shades into your scheme using pastel-coloured linen table napkins.

Briony De’Ath,Hales Hall, Norfolk


Winter warmers

Winter warmers

Q. We've just got engaged and want to get married in December 2020 as Christmas is our favourite time of year. What special touches can we add to our wedding to give the day a festive feel?

A. Katie and Bethany says: Katie and Bethany suggest:

- As alternatives to traditional reception drinks, give your guests that warming feeling with a glass of Sloe Royale, mulled local cider and wine or an Amaretto Fizz. And for a non-alcoholic option how about a cucumber and ginger mocktail or mulled apple juice?

- Opt for a Christmas-themed menu with turkey, lamb or beef for a seasonal carve-your-own roast to get your family and friends involved.

- Liaise with your venue about decorations. Some, like Bruisyard Country Estate, provide a Christmas tree and can work with you to create a magical festive feel with festoon or fairylights.

- Make your wedding cake the ultimate seasonal centrepiece with gingerbread houses or a traditional Christmas cake.

- An outdoor firepit is a great way to keep your guests toasty if you're venturing outside for photos or fireworks, you can even bring your own cosy blankets to hand out.

- If you're planning to stay over for a wedding weekend, a working open fireplace is great for gathering around for a cosy atmosphere, as well as plenty of grounds for bracing walks and space to kick off your wellies.

Katie and Bethany


Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

Q. We want to include lots of natural touches and decorative details to reflect the season for our October wedding. Any ideas?

A. Jo Pywell says: Jo says: I love natural and simple styling and for me it's all about the detail. Autumn is the perfect time of year to be inspired by what's all around us, especially the wonderfully rich colour palettes with gold, burgundy and burnt orange tones which all look stunning for a seasonal tablescape.

Bring the outside in and make use of what nature has to offer. Our countryside, forests and woodland areas are full of rich pickings – and all for free! Acorns sprayed gold look great scattered in among your floral arrangements. Fern works well too when it turns that gorgeous golden brown colour and adds extra interest and texture too.

Candlelight always creates a sense of romance so go all out, if your venue allows. Brass candle holders, copper and metallic details reflect the light beautifully and log slices create a lovely natural rustic vibe for your table setting, especially on long trestle tables. Willow hoops decorated with fairylights and trailing ivy are always a winner for filling any blank empty spaces at your venue. Add some ribbon or a few flowers for extra impact and just have fun using nature for inspiration.

Jo Pywell


Seasonal shades

Seasonal shades

Q. Autumn is our favourite time of year and we want our wedding to reflect all the warmth and colour of the season. What would you suggest?

A. Vanessa Harness says: Vanessa says: Autumn is a great time to be bold with your colours. You don't have to stick to orange, yellow and green, think rich, deep, bold tones. The daylight hours are shorter and it's darker outside, so use colour to accent your wedding and bring the outside elements in using foliage and berries.

- Try deep plum, dusky and neutral pink shades with lots of foliage in varying colours to add depth and texture, creating interest in a variety of different displays from bouquets to entrance archways and table centrepieces.

- Autumn is generally a season for warmer tones which can be reflected in your bridalwear by opting for softer shades instead of bright white and adding gold accents to details like the stationery or tableware.

- Use interior lighting and uplighters to give your venue a welcoming atmosphere. Combined with candlelight it creates a feeling of warmth and intimacy and is a great way of making a large space feel cosier.

- When it comes to the table design, coloured glassware works well with gold cutlery or gold glass vases as low centrepieces.

- If your venue allows, coloured taper candles are also great for adding height, colour and interest to your tables or cake display.

Vanessa Harness


Table manors

Table manors

Q. How can we bring the outside in and create a fresh, natural look with a touch of glam for our May wedding?

A. Serena Flack says: Sage and gold are a popular combination for spring weddings combining gold and clear tea lights scattered in clusters across the tables with gold cutlery and candlesticks. Eucalyptus works well for the centrepieces and bouquets. Sprigs of foliage can also be included in the individual place settings, tucked neatly into napkins.

Decorative props such as coloured chiffon backdrops, foliage table runners and swags add the wow factor, along with organza ribbon-tied bunches of foliage and white floral sprays on chair backs. Wooden signage for table plans and wedding table numbers could also be included.

For a fresh seasonal colour palette, we're noticing a lot of spring tones being mixed with greenery including rose pink and mauve that mix well with clean crisp green hues such as mint.

Serena Flack


Festive flair

Festive flair

Q. We're getting married in December 2019 and want the wedding theme to reflect the season without being too Christmassy. What would you suggest to give a subtle festive flavour to our celebration?

A. Sadie Chivers says: When thinking about Christmas many people tend to immediately think of traditional red, white and silver tones. However, for a subtle seasonal touch, without going over the top, I'd suggest a neutral and warm colour palette such as ivory and navy. I've seen these shades work really well together for a winter wedding while still incorporating a flavour of the season. Use plenty of fairylights in the big-day décor to enhance the theme and add a warm cosy feel. Incorporating smaller details and natural seasonal elements such as acorns or pine cones as name place holders works well too. You could also create a magical wishing-tree table plan decorated with twinkling fairylights and hanging clear glass holders with LED tea lights. Why not theme your tables around the season too? You can have some fun with this and think about special objects or items as table names to get your guests talking about the finer details of your wedding. The important thing is to make an impact so guests notice the season and festive vibe without being too obvious.

Sadie Chivers


Whimsical weddings

Whimsical weddings

Q. How can we style our country barn wedding to include on-trend details and plenty of wow factor?

A. Alan Sabol says: Here at Bruisyard Hall the weddings team has noticed a number of emerging trends including a definite move towards a more minimalist and natural look. In terms of décor in particular, light pastel shades, natural light and stripped-back settings are increasingly popular. Light blush tones and violet colour schemes, combined with attention-grabbing crystal glassware and copper are big news too. While 2017's metal of the moment was undeniably rose gold, we've seen a move towards lustrous copper for candle holders, name places and cutlery. It adds a warm, elegant look, gently reflecting candlelight and creating the perfect relaxed feel for an autumnal evening wedding reception. Other key styles and themes include:

- Perfectly simple The move towards simpler, often more budget-friendly themes has filtered through to the catering with a shift from the traditional multi-course wedding breakfast to more quirky and relaxed options such as large sharing platters of food, beautifully arranged and decorated. Dessert tables are also big, with macarons and doughnuts remaining popular and mini wedding trifles stealing their share of the limelight too.

- Woodland chic Flower arrangements are also tending to be simpler and more natural often featuring small budded and often foliage-based displays. Following the popular whimsical wedding trend, many couples are opting for miniature woodland displays for a free-spirited, natural feel, including long, low-level tablescapes with bell jars, delicate flowers in soft dusky shades and leafy garlands. The same foliage theme can provide an ethereal look used in hanging hoops above the tables. Loose, natural-looking bouquets with plenty of greenery to complement the venue decor are also popular.

Alan Sabol

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