FAQs and 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 editor@yoursurrey.wedding


A romantic setting

A romantic setting

Q. A few of my friends got married recently, and I'm worried my wedding isn't going to stand out. How can I add something special to my big day?

A. Demi Merchant says: Your day will always be special and unique to you, but here are some tips to make your wedding stand out:

- Personalise your day with gentle touches that represent you as a couple such as a personalised guest book and card box.

- Keen travellers? Include some special memories recreated in the form of centrepieces. You could also have the background photos in the photo booth as places you have visited together.

- Does your other half have a preferred flower they buy you for birthdays, Valentine's Day or anniversaries? If so, use this as the main bloom in your arrangements.

- A good band always makes a wedding stand out, but it isn't always a cost-effective option. A great alternative is to ask all guests to request a specific song for the evening reception.

- Sweet carts can be found at lots of celebrations nowadays. Work with your decorations supplier and venue to create a drink or dessert cart with specialised signs surrounding it.

- Lots of children at the wedding? Hire a soft play area to give the kids a chance to burn off some steam. I'm sure the parents will appreciate it.

- Work with your venue and decorations supplier to make sure your wedding reflects you as a couple. You only get one special day, so make it count.

Demi Merchant, DM Event Decor


Decorated with love

Decorated with love

Q. How we can incorporate flowers into our wedding décor?

A. Caroline Bates says: There are so many ways that you can incorporate flowers beyond the traditional bridal party bouquets and buttonholes. Blooms can bring the whole theme together and provide beautiful accents to your wedding. Many couples choose to have a statement piece at the entrance to their venue, such as a floral arch or milk churns filled with flowers. You could also think about decorating any signage you're using with garlands to tie in with your colour scheme.

During the ceremony, a statement piece like a moongate or floral columns positioned behind where you say your vows look spectacular in photos, as do flowers down the aisle. Even on a small budget, you can use pew or chair ends to add a decorative element. Remember to also consider the registry table, as you will want this to look nice in the photographs.

At your reception, table flowers instantly bring the room together and provide some interest for guests. You could also use blooms to tie in with other elements of your decor, such as on the cake table or bar. Depending on your venue, a fabulous hanging arrangement over the top table can add that wow factor to your big day.

Your florist will be able to help you with all these things and give suggestions on what will work best in the space. If there's something you love, don't be scared to ask for it as we want you to have your dream day.

Caroline Bates, Hayloft Floral


All in the detail

All in the detail

Q. What are the latest trends in wedding styling?

A. Gabriella Olukoya says: Wedding trends come and go, but certain elements are timeless. Your wedding is about expressing your personality and style. One of the fastest-growing trends we've seen and embraced ourselves is the bohemian style, which can also be called rustic-chic or dusty hues. It's very laidback and dreamy with strong use of warm earthy tones, colours, pampas grass, dried plants, natural materials and wood or rattan furniture. This growing trend normally features rich colour combinations to bring some boldness to the wedding style. This type of styling creates a soft look and tone, giving the wedding a dreamy aura.

Another trend is the application of statement lighting. This comes in different styles such as hanging lanterns, glass pendants, giant multi-sized chandeliers, exposed bulbs or clustered candle garlands. These can be placed indoors or outdoors, and when the lights are switched on, it's a glorious scene that sets the tone of your wedding. If you want your wedding styling to be different, opt for something your guests haven't seen before.

Gabriella Olukoya, A Flair to Remember


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

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