FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire 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 editor@youryorkshire.wedding


Style it out

Style it out

Q. We love the idea of a tipi wedding, but it feels like a total blank canvas. How do we style it to make it our own?

A. Charlie Land says: The fabulous thing about a tipi is that not only is it a blank canvas to decorate, but it also looks wonderful with no decoration other than fairylights! However, if you would like to put your own stamp on the structure, then there are lots of ways to do this.

We install a hanging point at the centre of each of our tipis for you to use. Our couples often choose to install floral hoops and foliage here, but they also look amazing with a chandelier, a boho macramé hanging or a sparkling glitter ball.

There are also lots of draping points throughout the tipi and all the timber poles are exposed and available for you to dress. Outside, we love to have festoon lighting strung between the tops and along your entrance walkway to make the outside look just as magical as the inside.

Charlie Land,Totem Tipi


A wedding to remember

A wedding to remember

Q. There are so many venues to choose from. How do we narrow down our choices and find the right place for us?

A. TJ Patel says: The venue and food are without a doubt the most talked-about aspects of any wedding. The venue is the first thing your guests will see, and whether it's indoors or outdoors, you want it to be serene, comfortable and unforgettable. Look for somewhere that feels welcoming and warm, with character and charm to make it memorable. During the pandemic, you want to know that you and your loved ones are safe. We're part of the IHG group, so we follow strong brand standards alongside essential health and safety procedures.

With so many venues available to see at the touch of a button, we advise you to always view your shortlist in person to get a feel for it. Can you envision your big day there? Does it have everything you need? Is it flexible? Do they offer the food you want for your special day? Another key element is catering. The menu needs to be carefully tailored with a mouth-watering selection to make a statement and leave your guests amazed. Great food will always get people talking!

TJ Patel,Holiday Inn Leeds Bradford


Burst with joy!

Burst with joy!

Q. We want to have a huge wedding celebration when the pandemic is over. How can we dress our venue to create a real party feel?

A. Jacqui Saxon says: You will have waited for what seems like a lifetime for your wedding, and you'll want to give your loved ones an unforgettable occasion. Stunning balloon decor is a really cost-effective way to dress your venue and wow your guests. Ballon art isn't all about kids' parties and balloon animals. I promise all my couples that the creations will still be floating and enchanting guests by midnight – my balloons are always the last ones at the party!

I love meeting wedding couples at my workshop where you can see my latest designs and we can discuss how to make your day extra special. There are so many different styles and colours available, which we can choose together to help make your big day pop!

Jacqui Saxon,The Ultimate Balloon Company Ltd


Small but perfectly formed

Small but perfectly formed

Q. We're now planning a micro-wedding for 15 people early next year. How can we adapt our large venue to make it feel more intimate?

A. Hayley Melling says: There are key elements to focus on when turning your venue into a more cosy space for your micro-wedding:

- Zoning. The most effective way to make a large space feel more personal is to create separate zones throughout the day. For example, one area for your ceremony, which can be turned around for your wedding breakfast, and one for your drinks reception, which can be reworked into your evening celebration space.

- Styling. Why not hire some gorgeous flower walls or hang some beautiful drapes to make the area feel cosier? You could hire real trees to break up the space and add some amazing natural decor. If your venue has high ceilings, tall decorations will help to fill the empty space.

- Lighting. We're talking fairylights, candles, disco balls – anything that creates a warm glow, rather than a harsh bright light that will emphasise the size of the space.  

- Table plan. If you originally planned for multiple round tables, then one long banquet table may be a better fit for a small wedding breakfast. Not only are all your loved ones effectively sat on the top table, but it's also a great way to fill the space without your tables looking sparse.

Hayley Melling,The Oakwood at Ryther


The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q. We'd like a relaxed, country feel to our wedding. How do we narrow down our venue search and what should we be looking for?

A. Lisa Hunt says: These are some things you may like for your wedding that you hadn't considered, but will add to the vibe you're going for…

- Accommodation. Can you stay on site and how long for? We offer the option of a three-night stay, giving you plenty of time to relax, enjoy the facilities and gradually come back down to earth afterwards.

- Exclusivity. Do you want to celebrate in private, without sharing the space with any other couples?

- Look and feel. Think about having a venue with a beautiful rural setting as a backdrop to your photographs. Inside, do you want a homely country house to reflect your theme?

- Little extras. Think about what added extras a venue can offer to make it more special. We have a cosy cinema room as well as a games room, which is perfect for competitive guests! We also have hot tubs and can offer spa treatments for a bit of R&R.

- Space. Would you enjoy an outside area where children can let off steam while the adults can sit around a campfire with a glass of wine?

- Food and drink. What do you want to eat? We give the option of hiring in professional caterers or doing your own catering from our kitchen. We also offer flexible bar options to fit with the theme of your day.

Lisa Hunt,Spicer Manor


Light it up

Light it up

Q. We've recently been back to view our barn venue and it seemed quite dark. How do we bring a bit of light and atmosphere to it?

A. Stephanie Aldred says: There's something about exposed brickwork and wooden beams that really set the scene for a wedding. By adding the subtle warm white glow of fairylights to the beams, you can bring your venue to life. Try colour washes of light to brighten those dark corners and tie in with the theme of your day.

Bunting is traditionally known for decorating village fetes, and we think this ties in wonderfully with your setting. Adding a little sparkle to it will create a charming feature.

Atmosphere on the day is of the utmost importance and shouldn't be overlooked. You can have the most incredible venue, but if it's not illuminated sufficiently, it can feel dark and lifeless. Our range of lighting can be tailored to your space to bring warmth and fun.

Stephanie Aldred


Deck the halls

Deck the halls

Q. How do we create a traditional, cosy Christmas theme with our styling and props without it looking over-the-top?

A. Jen Sawdon-McKay says: Christmas weddings are some of my favourite to style. My clients often ask me how to create a festive feel without it being too flashy or traditional.

My advice would be to choose a definitive palette to use throughout the day and try not to go overboard. Frosty blues paired with white and silver can be just as seasonal as the classic red, green and gold.

If you want a traditional look, opt for greenery. Use lots of ferns and spruces as your base, then you can either glam it up with gold accents or introduce white and natural elements to give it a Nordic vibe.

JEN'S TOP TIP: You can never have too many candles!

Jen Sawdon-McKay