The interesting thing about weddings is that even if you opt for a very traditional day complete with a white wedding dress, roses in your bouquet, a marquee, speeches and a tiered cake – no two wedding days will ever look completely alike.
Which is a really good thing.
It’s something we’ve particularly noticed when we’ve been helping our couples. Each have their own ideas. Of course, certain A-listers may influence wedding style for a while, like the Duchess of Cambridge did with her long-sleeved lace dress and the trees in the aisle at Westminster Abbey but still couples will do it ‘their way’.
That’s just the way we like it. We’re here to help brides get the wedding day they want, making the most of their budget and their chosen venue. Here are a few stories of how we’ve gone about it.
1. Making the most of a venue.
Sometimes you’ll find the perfect venue that’s in the right location and it’s the right size for the number of guests. But maybe it’s rather lacking in charm. That’s when you need to think about room draping and starlight curtains which can transform an ugly room into something unrecognisable.
2. Making an entranceway
The way into your reception should be welcoming, fun and give guests a real sense of occasion and excitement. At this wedding, guests passed under a decorated archway complete with a lantern, making stepping over the threshold a real start to the evening.
The bride who chose this table setting wanted a very romantic look on her wedding day, using pink and gold. She worked with our stylist to get just the right favours, in pink and gold of course. A textured rosette tablecloth added a beautiful dimension and was enhanced by an arrangement of roses, which stretched the length of the table in a spectacular tablescape. (You can view this real wedding here.)
4. The unexpected
A cascade of colourful lanterns in different sizes draws the eye upwards here and adds a real sense of occasion. Have a ceiling enhanced like this and you don’t need too much more decoration – it’s fun and looks completely fantastic.
5. Creating the right mood
A large room – like a barn – could be at risk of feeling a bit over spacious and echoing. To soften the interior, our stylist draped the beams, hung oversized lanterns to soften the light and used a mix of organza chair sashes in different colours to give an air of informality. Result? One barn that is perfectly set up for dancing the night away.
6. Making dreams true
Our couple at this wedding wanted to spread the season of their wedding into their venue styling. So we worked together to achieve just that. Chair sashes in turquoise blue on hand pressed white chair covers. Ice white fairy lights up above to create the image of a winter sky. A starlight curtain to add sparkle and illumination and eye catching oversized white ostrich feathers as table decor. Result? One happy couple with some fabulous reception photographs.
7. Perfect props
It’s the little details that count. And our stylists love using clever props as details – like these light up letters. They welcomed guests outside the venue and then did double-duty as night fell, used in outdoor photography in the gardens and on the dance floor. (View this real wedding day here.)
8. Finishing touches
There are always more ways to create the perfect finishing touches like displaying table plans. Which is why our stylists are here to help and guide each couple and make sure things don’t get too overwhelming. We’re there to help, we’re experienced and we’ve been there before. So with an Ambience stylist at hand you can take a deep breath and relax, safe in the knowledge that your wedding day is going to turn out just the way you envisioned it.
For more ideas on how we can help, see our products brochure here.