FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Kent 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@yourkent.wedding


Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Q. I've always dreamed of a winter wedding and the venue is booked for December. How can I style it tastefully to reflect the season with a touch of class?

A. Blessing Enakimio says: Oh, we do love a winter wedding! For December nuptials most venues will have a Christmas tree set up, so it would be great to incorporate that into your staging by sitting your big-day bake next to it. Taking inspiration from the tree and the season, let's go for whites to reflect the crisp weather at this time of year. Utilise lots of foliage in the flower arrangements and various shades of grey will bring the outside in. Plus, silver embellishments will add a sparkle or two – after all, you can never have too much bling!

If there's an open fireplace at your venue, why not make the most of it and heat up the space with crackling cedar logs and cinnamon sticks to activate the sense of smell, creating a nostalgic ambience. Drape a large garland over the mantelpiece with matching florals as the centrepieces on each table and large cathedral arrangements on pedestals along the aisle and in various focal points.

Place overlay lace linen on top of white tablecloths on all of your tables, and have silver charger plates underneath your dinner plates with silver-rimmed glassware. Go for tall silver centrepieces like candelabras to hold your green and white floral displays. Finally, silver chivari chairs are perfect to complete the look.

Whatever you do, make it about you and enjoy the process.

Blessing Enakimio, Blessing by Blé


Light of my life

Light of my life

Q. We've heard that lighting is a key element in styling a wedding. Can you tell us more?

A. Melanie Revell-Leaman says: This is very true – never underestimate the power of lighting! It really is the best aspect to focus on. Especially with a dry hire venue that presents you with a totally blank canvas, as the right lighting will finish it off perfectly. For instance, a chandelier will create a romantic, traditional look, whereas festoon lighting is ideal for a festival-themed wedding. Fairylights strung across the ceiling can bring a starry vibe, and hanging light bulbs will work brilliantly with an industrial, modern feel. Candlelight is beautiful and works wonders when creating an intimate, romantic feel. Even if you have a guest list of 200 or more, it'll still lend the space that cosy, welcoming ambience.

Melanie Revell-Leaman, Your Story Events


Understated elegance

Understated elegance

Q. We're tying the knot at a stately home venue. How can we style it tastefully without going overboard since it's already very ornate?

A. Blessing Enakimio says: Here in Kent, we have so many licensed stately homes and manor houses – it's amazing what you can do in such ornate spaces. It's important to take into account the existing décor; most stately homes have prominent features that you can base your design on. Take the time to observe them prior to selecting your styling.

Pay attention to the accent of the colours and textures in the space including the floors, curtains, lighting and ceilings. Draw from the existing colour palette and incorporate those hues into your design. For instance, the ornate lighting feature in the room might be gold, so include that as your design's metallic shade. You might use gold rimmed glass- and tableware or gold candelabra as centrepieces.

Concentrating your design means you don't have too much everywhere, just in specific areas. For your tables, go for textured and coloured table linen – it goes beautifully in embellished rooms and accentuates the latent colours already present. Opt for bold floral arrangements, nothing too small or low or they'll get swallowed up, and nothing too high to distract from the room's opulence.

Most importantly, play close attention to the size of the space and avoid overcrowding it. You and your guests need to feel free to roam without the sense of being stifled by the décor.

Blessing Enakimio, Blessing by Blé


Take a load off

Take a load off

Q. A lot of our guests won't have seen each other for ages, so we'd love to have a chill out zone for them to relax and catch up. What can you suggest?

A. Leah Stageman says: Outdoor lounge setups are the perfect place to kick off your heels and catch up with your nearest and dearest over a glass of gin or two. Boho seating areas create a relaxed space with free-spirited styling, layering Persian rugs, cosy blankets and embroidered cushions around a wooden pallet table. Decorate the table to suit your style, we suggest with a loosely laid runner to match your scheme, coloured candles and mismatched vases dressed in their macramé best, spilling with wildflowers. These can also be used for dining as a more relaxed and intimate wedding breakfast setting.

Our styling tip is to set these up under a beautiful tree, this will create a shaded chill out zone during the day, which is also perfect for the kids. Low hanging branches can be draped with twinkling fairy lights and romantic chandeliers, creating an enchanting glow as dusk falls.

To create levels and add character try adding a statement sofa or love seat, not only do these make fabulous photo props for capturing special moments, but they're also lovely for older relatives to take a peaceful moment away from the disco lights and dad dancing. Our peach 'Honey' vintage sofa is wonderful for sitting pretty with a glass of fizz and celebrating the forever kind of love.

Leah Stageman, Boho & bloom prop hire

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