Expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Surrey 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


Summer loving

Summer loving

Q. Our summer wedding is fast approaching, and we'd love to incorporate the time of year into our décor. Do you have any ideas of how to style the space?

A. Demi Merchant says: Whether you're looking for a traditional British summer or something more exotic, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate the time of year into your special day. A pastel theme or bold, bright colours will help you achieve both these looks.

- Start with your tables and centrepieces. You could opt for a beautiful beach captured within a glass fishbowl with sand, stones and shells.

- Place your favourite ice cream sundae in the centre of the tables on top of a martini glass made using fabrics and pompom sprinkles.

- Why not share your love of travelling by incorporating photos of your holidays? Each table could be a different destination with a themed centrepiece, and the place cards could be personalised airline tickets.

- What's more British than bunting? Pair it with traditional signage and candy stripe backdrops for your sweet cart.

- Wimbledon dominates most screens for two weeks every June, so add a nod to the summer staple by creating a strawberry and cream cart with all the toppings.

- Entertain the children with a separate play area with activities ranging from beach balls, sandcastles through to hopscotch and ring toss.

- Create a photo area with summer-inspired props such as buckets and spades, balls, umbrellas and a cardboard frame.

Demi Merchant,DM Event Decor


Festival fever

Festival fever

Q. I'm feeling overwhelmed by the thought of styling our festivalthemed wedding. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Emily Crozier says: A festival-themed wedding gives you an excuse to champion your individuality. Don't be afraid to use your imagination and make the space what you want it to be. Working with the free-form curvature of nature is a stylist's dream. We see so many inspiring ideas, such as floral displays in boots instead of vases! Here are our top tips:

- Opt for a statement oak parquet dancefloor and drape a stunning festoon lighting arrangement overhead.

- Create a stunning entrance feature which doubles up as a photo backdrop. Add greenery, rustic doors, gates and storm lanterns.

- Poser tables with natural hessian covers will give your drinks reception a festival vibe.

- Statement backdrops make open spaces cost-effective. We adore a flower wall with fairylights.

- A top tip is to think creatively with your bar – a masterpiece can be made from barrels, crates, wooden canoes and tin bathtubs.

- Your furniture should be low seating. Hay-bales can be a game-changer, opt for plenty of plump cushions scattered around firepits.

- Play with lighting enhancements. Big spaces and alcoves will come alive with tailored uplighting.

- If you have started planning with just a sheet of paper, we can help shake it up and create the ultimate festival buzz.

Emily Crozier,Peachy productions


...with styling

...with styling

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Annabel Grange says: Adding an accent colour to your styling, yet still ensuring it's elegant, can be difficult; but follow the tips below...

- Introduce sprays of diamantés and crystals in your accent hue into ivory/white bouquets for a subtle pop of colour. Ask your florist to bind the bouquets in your shade to add another hint of it.

- I sometimes add in ribbons into all the flower arrangements, especially when the couple have chosen a colour that's not found naturally in fresh flowers, for instance navy blue or teal.

- Use crystals, beads or coloured water in the base of vases for tablecentres, or even add an LED light to reflect your chosen colour, these work especially well under water!

- Add a table runner or organza/lace/satin overlay, in your chosen hue to add texture too. Use drapes and swags on bannister railings, poles and table fronts.

- Scatter sparkling crystals on the tables and mirror plates. Name tags, napkins and favours can also be used to add a small accent of colour to your tables.

- A fairylight backdrop always gives wow factor, but why not add some drapes of coloured swag too?

- Up-lighters can illuminate a fairylight backdrop or curtain drapes, or use them to colour special venue features such as fireplaces. Used on the outside of the building they will always look amazing and give a modern twist.

- Chair covers or Chiavari chairs can be adorend with a strong coloured sash, remember, organza gives a more subtle finish that satin or taffeta.

Annabel Grange


...with lighting

...with lighting

Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?

A. Philip French says: Choose one or two complementary colours and use them throughout. Start by focusing on enhancing architectural features such as fireplaces, pillars or trees as this will help create depth. Then look at your key ingredients, the bar, dancefloor and seating area and ensure they are suitably lit.

A final tip; when looking at lighting around food, ensure you do not use blues or greens around white meat such as chicken or pork as they have an adverse effect on the look.

Philip French

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