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


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


Styling a colour theme

Styling a colour theme

Q. I love the blush colour palette but think it's been over done this year. How can I still incorporate my favourite hue with a new twist?

A. Annabel Grange says: The blush pink colour palette is very popular at the moment – but what if you want to add something a bit different?

Why not opt for a wonderful cascading bouquet full of beautiful blush pink roses and some soft flowing greenery, but then with the addition of sprays of diamantés and crystals. The bouquet can be used on the cake table after the ceremony.

Instead of jam jars on a wood slice or galvanised jugs, use a tall glass vases, Martini Vases, or even candelabra, with wonderful large blooms such as roses, hydrangeas, gladioli, allium and Anthurrihum to give a real wow factor! Crystal strings or crystal teardrops added to the displays or hanging from the vases add a new twist.

Add a table runner – but not in blush pink – try silver or a luxurious lace or satin to add texture and colour. A mirror plate rather than a wood slice, with tealights in frosted holders with sparkling crystals scattered on the table and mirror.

A fairylight backdrop will add a more chic feel, behind the top table or behind the DJ – I would add some drapes of silver and a hint of the blush pink. Rather than the traditional country long top table/ceremony flowers – short square mirror vases set with large blush roses, white hydrangeas and freesias with silver and crystals added. Adding large swags of satin material to dress the front rather than greenery.

If it is a barn location think about adding fresh flower garlands or greenery, but with fairylights added on beams or upright posts. Rather than candles and lanterns use uplighters or spotlights around the room, and outside to light up trees and interesting features.

Chair covers with either a blush sash or a Chivali chair with a hood and ruffle, or for that added sparkle go for a silver satin sash!

Annabel Grange

Our on-line advertisers

When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention Your Surrey Wedding when making any enquiries.

Hartsfield Manor
Oatlands Park Hotel Wedding Show
Lake Thomas Cakes
Clock Barn Hall Wedding Show