Wedding styling is an art; and there’s more to it than arranging reception table centres. We’re sharing some of the most gorgeous venue styling and wedding reception ideas to show you how to make your wedding look so stunning your guests will be talking about it for years to come.
If you’re planning your wedding in an Arabian tent or a gorgeous foliage filled marquee then you have a blank canvas and the potential to style it into a truly stunning space. While expert stylists have the experience, not to mention swathes of high quality fabrics, amazing lighting and the knowledge of which patterns, colours and textures work well together, you can do it yourself. So if your budget won’t stretch to a professional wedding stylist, you get to be in charge of transforming your venue. You just need the right lighting, fabrics, accessories, and a vision!
Consider the ceiling, doors and floor, not just the tables, chairs and walls. Coloured fabrics, drapes and rugs will add colour immediately. Chair covers and table decorations are the finishing touches.
Lighting is just as important at the accessories you choose to include. You might want to hang pretty oversized floral pom poms from your ceiling or simply place them on tables and around the room. These add colour, height and interest and can make any plain white space look amazing with very little effort.
As evening falls, lanterns and well placed lighting will make the most of your reception venue. Hanging paper lanterns will add colour and shape during the daytime and a gentle glow by night. These floral patterned paper lanterns are a gorgeous addition to a garden party themed wedding.
Cleverly placed lamps and up-lighters can be used to create a dramatic look while candles make ideal table centrepieces. The battery operated candles are even more popular at weddings where small children are around. They come in all shapes and sizes these days too and can be made to look very beautiful with the right decorative candle holders to suit your wedding style or overall theme.
One easy and very on-trend way to make a visual statement is to spell out how you feel with bunting or oversized balloons. Bunting gives a vintage fun street party feel to any event and is a lovely addition to an informal rustic or bohemian style wedding.
Create a unique look for your celebration with a little help from the experts or DIY your wedding. For more wedding decoration ideas and inspiration please visit Room and Table Decorations and to find a professional wedding stylist go to Venue Styling in our supplier directory.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.