Which of these appeals to you most?

We’ve discovered a great deal about styling and decorating weddings that we would love to share with you. One of the tricks for doing it successfully is looking at each aspect of your day and considering whether there is a styling opportunity there.

Obviously, you don’t want your big day to look over the top for the space and style of the venue but you do want guests to be impressed at certain points in the proceedings. So here are some moments when you’ll want to show off your taste and style.

Wedding place settings

Even if you’re having a simple barn wedding or a buffet you need to consider your place settings. They’re the first personal welcome your guests receive and somewhere each guest will be sitting for a large duration of the reception. So make them count.

Think about the time of year in which you’re marrying and what would be suitable for your tables. Also think about the venue. If you’re having a barn wedding then you’ll probably want a more rustic feel which would of course be out of place at a chic city wedding.

There are so many aspects to consider. The way you tie your napkins, the way you label your place settings, whether you put a favour on each person’s plate or whether you put the favours in the centre of the table.

Tea bag wedding favour

Here our wedding stylist worked with the bride to organise tea as wedding favours and made them part of the place setting decoration, along with a thoughtful message.

wedding place setting

A sprig of scented herbs makes this place setting special. Writing name tags for each guest will make them particularly welcomed. Styled by Ambience York.

romantic wedding place setting

A lace tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for this romantic rose petal place setting. Created by our wedding stylist.

Christmas wedding place setting

Your place settings should also reflect the season in which you’re marrying. This table ticks all the style boxes for a Christmas wedding day.

Up above

Don’t forget the ceiling – interior designers tend to think of it as the ‘fifth wall’. Having a beautifully styled area up above can make all the difference – even if you’re spending much of your time out in the garden on your big day.

Think about using paper lanterns – either in white or colours that reflect your theme. Lanterns work particularly well at rustic weddings and can break up a dark, beamed ceiling area (as can carefully placed lighting).

barn wedding decorations

A beamed ceiling can be ‘softened’ by the inclusion of paper lanterns in differing sizes.

Again, lanterns are used here to make a real emphasis on the Mexican Fiesta theme… Different colours and different sizes add visual interest as well as decorative.

tented wedding decorations

This wedding had a casual, laid back feel. The relaxed atmosphere in the chillout area was enhanced by lanterns that reflected the colours used in the lounging cushions. Created by our Harrogate stylist.

Chair draping and decorations

Beautifully draped and covered chairs are a hallmark of our weddings. However, there are many different ways to do this. You don’t have to have a single style of chair cover or tie at your wedding. Mixing it up can look fabulous. Think of bows, different fabric drapes, using greenery.

Using a variety of different colours on the chairs can look really effective, particularly if you’re wanting to create a particular effect like in this pastel themed wedding.

If your venue has chiavari chairs, you can add an extra special touch by weaving chiffon drops through, which is what our Teesside stylist did here. (All stylists are very adaptable and creative!)

garden themed wedding

For this country garden themed wedding, our stylist set the tone by organising wreaths of greenery around the back of every chair at the ceremony, which looked very romantic as guests arrived. Sprinkled petals added that further dimension to the garden theme.

Which table shape?

We’re seeing more and more weddings move away from large circular tables to long, refectory style seating. This often aids conversation and gives the couple to explore new decoration ideas.

Long strands of greenery can look stunning place along the length of the table and of course don’t interfere with cross table conversations.

refectory style wedding table

Refectory style table settings are becoming increasingly popular. Floristry by Vanessa at Wildflowers

Mexican fiesta wedding day theme

A long table can look particularly impressive when it’s decorated with a particular colour palette. Here our stylist has created a Mexican Fiesta theme.