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

 

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
www.instagram.com/luminest_ltd

 

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
www.myprettiesuk.com

 

Scent-sational

Scent-sational

Q. We've opted for a bohemian theme for our wedding but we're struggling with how to create a cosy, personal vibe. Help!

A. Sadie Baldwin says: Adding candles to your décor can change your venue from a blank canvas to a place that really invokes feeling. Scent is strongly associated with recollection and has a powerful impact on emotions, feelings and memories – so it's the perfect way to create a welcoming ambience.

Incorporate burning candles as table centrepieces and dot them around the room for a long-lasting scent-sation. Not only will the enticing flickering flames bring a romantic atmosphere, but also the scent will give lifelong memories. For a boho-chic look, opt for amber-coloured glass jars instead of clear.

Keep the fire burning by gifting your guests with the same candles as favours. For an extra special touch, why not take advantage of our personalised label service.

Sadie Baldwin
www.unchainedbride.wedding

 

Boho beauty

Boho beauty

Q. We've decided on a relaxed bohemian vibe for our wedding – but we've got no idea where to start with the styling. What do you suggest?

A. Andrea Matthews says: Whether you're a free-spirited wanderer or you're simply drawn to a carefree and relaxed style, when adopting this theme for your nuptials you should consider the type of styling you want. Would you like prominent, statement pieces or just subtle elements?

Start by thinking about your personalities. Are you an outdoorsy couple who embrace the hippie lifestyle or are you inspired by an unconventional theme but still want to retain a degree of luxury? This will guide you in your decisions.

Consider incorporating macramé into your design. A woven wedding arch or hanging dreamcatchers will add a gypsy-chic vibe to your setting. Mix with loose, wild flowers and plenty of foliage. Simple lighting and earthy tableware complete the look. For a pop of colour, bright origami decorations would look amazing.

If you want a touch of luxury, mix whimsical elements like flower crowns, pampas grass and feathers with gold candle holders, opulent linen and crystal glassware.

The key is to determine your theme early in the planning process and then appoint a fitting team of suppliers to bring your vision to life.

Andrea Matthews
www.moxieevents.co.uk

 

Autumn ambience

Autumn ambience

Q. We've seen so much inspiration for summer weddings, but we're tying the knot in October. How do we create an autumnal feel?

A. Felicity Henriques says: If you're looking to escape the busy summer season and create an original, atmospheric wedding, then this is the time to do it. Here are some top tips:

- Light the way. Clever lighting will create a warm glow and cosy atmosphere. Candles and tea lights are an affordable way to create an intimate setting. Light outdoor spaces and pathways with floor-standing lanterns. Remember to make your photographer aware of any lighting set up to get the best results in your images.

- Fire up. Crackling log fires add warmth and create a flattering glow. They also smell fantastic. Outside, firepits make inviting areas for guests to chat and toast marshmallows.

- Go with the glow. The season's rich colour palette provides a striking alternative to summer's paler hues. Use this to your advantage with deep, bold earthy colours like berry and forest green mixed in with metallics.

- Scandi-chic. An ivory faux-fur shawl adds instant elegance to a bridal dress and is practical too. Try throwing faux furs over furniture and seating for an on-trend Hygge feel.

- Raise a glass. Greet your loved ones with a warming cocktail to set the scene. Choose well-loved classics such as mulled wine, or speak to a specialist to devise your own signature drink using cinnamon, clove spices, hot apple and bourbon.

Felicity Henriques
www.crippsboltonabbey.com

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