Always consider your surroundings.

When thinking about what look you want for your wedding, it’s very important for the decorations to remain sympathetic to the surroundings and enhancing rather than detracting.

So for example, if you’re having a barn wedding, you’re best off keeping things within a rustic based theme. Use things like hay bales, posies of flowers on the tables rather than formal arrangements and bunting would suit a barn styled venue.

If you’re getting married in a city, with a roof top view of the skyline, then you’re going to want to keep things very contemporary and modern. Plenty of metallic shades and maybe some black accents on the tables. Top it off with some smooth cocktails on arrival.

Rudby Hall wedding

Wedding tables set in a timelessly elegant way

On the other hand, if you’re marrying in a stately home, like Rudby Hall, then you’re going to want to have more of a “grand” look that has a traditional feel.

So here we’d like to show you an example of how our Teesside stylist Emma created a beautiful wedding look at Rudby Hall, which is an exclusive and luxurious venue near Middlesbrough.  It’s an elegant country house that was a former royal residence, first built in 1838.

The owner is keen that couples opting to hold their wedding there really make the most of the elegant and sophisticated backdrop. We’re sure you will agree when you see the photographs below that this is just what our stylist achieved.

This is not a venue that needs bright colours. The beautifully moulded ceilings and walls, tall windows and elegant architecture supply the perfect backdrop.

Wisely the stylist worked within the colour frame, using beautiful white blossom trees on the tables, enlivened with clear tea light holders cascading below.

Tables where dressed in classic white linen, but gold charger plates echoed the gold mirrors on the walls.

Chairs were draped in chiffon and tied with sparkling diamond clasps, which were eye catching without being too ‘bling’.

Rudby Hall wedding

Glorious white blossom trees on the tables really create the ‘wow’ factor. The room has high ceilings so this type of centrepiece works perfectly here. Tea lights in delicate glass bubbles fall in a cascade below, giving a soft glow when the main lights are dimmed.

Neutral, elegant and sophisticated styling throughout worked perfectly.

pink and white table decorations

Classic roses decorate the tables in tall vases perfect for allowing cross table conversations with blush pink accents and carefully chosen greenery.

Rudby Hall

Lanterns light up the aisle. On the reception tables, tall flower arrangements alternate between roses and blossom trees, giving an extra visual dimension to the decor.

Rudby Hall is of course licensed for weddings and what a beautiful place to say your vows! Guests would have a real sense of occasion here whilst they wait for the couple to arrive and walk down the aisle lit up with scene-setting lanterns. In the background you can see the traditional wood panelling which is a feature of the reception rooms at Rudby Hall, in front of which couples can say their vows.

wedding tables at Rudby Hall

Long tables laid with traditional white linen and crystal have a gold colour accent created by the use of metallic chargers at every place setting

Creating an atmosphere is very important when decorating a room and getting the lighting right is a crucial part of this. Harsh overhead lights are a sure fire way to kill an atmosphere!

Here Emma used candles in several different ways to create the right ambience. As already mentioned, candles were placed in lanterns along the aisle to light the new couple’s way.

On the tables, spectacular candelabras with tall white candles added old-style glamour and tea lights were used profusely on the tables in votives and cascading down from the tall blossom trees to create light at different levels.

This is a truly stunning way to style a wedding venue and is a look that will never date.

A big thanks to Adam Hambley for the photos and the gorgeous flowers were from Ivy Lane.