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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

Green Ideas

Green Ideas

Q What is your advice on planning a sustainable wedding?
A Lauren Goodman says: Making conscious decisions around weddings and sustainability is becoming increasingly important to couples. Implementing some small tweaks can be effective when you're looking at suppliers and venues.

Some simple tips include researching and sourcing produce from the UK. For example, you can look at caterers who source local produce to cut down their carbon footprint. Ask your planner or the venue for recommendations on this.

Depending on the time of year and the flowers you want, you can opt for what's in season in the UK. When having initial conversations with your florist, you can ask for an understanding of which locally grown flowers may work well for your vision to avoid unnecessary shipping. It's also a good idea to look for florists who work foam-free; as a business, this is absolutely non-negotiable for us!

In addition, an increasingly popular place to source table decor, linen and extra touches is Facebook marketplace and Facebook groups. Check out local wedding groups to see what's available before purchasing online. Although lots of cheap online stores are catering for wedding markets, trying to shop second-hand is a far better option. You can also make some money back on these after your wedding!

Lauren Goodman, Bluebird Bride Academy

Styled to perfection

Styled to perfection

Q For our bijou wedding we still want our styling elements to be impressive; what can we do to achieve this?
A Isabelle Castello & Danielle Scandone says: Just because you're having a small intimate wedding, doesn't mean you can't have that wow-factor! Different textures, heights and colours can really enhance your overall look of your tablescape. Texture can be incorporated with soft linens, fluffy flowers and structured glassware; while varying heights can be achieved with candles as well as high and low floral arrangements. This creates an interesting view as your guests enter your wedding breakfast room.

We love to add a chosen pop of colour be it through fresh florals, elegant coloured glassware or even in the use of napkins and table linens.

Isabelle Castello & Danielle Scandone, Bellissima Days

Regal beauty

Regal beauty

Q My hubby-to-be and I are having a Bridgerton-inspired wedding and would like to incorporate it into our styling. Do you have any ideas of how we can do this?
A Colleen Stevenson says: All your style elements must work together when considering the theme for your wedding. To create a Bridgerton-style wedding, you need to ensure that you use only pastel colours such as regency blue, pale pink, gold and jewel.

For the entrance to the venue, I would use a metal frame as an archway intertwined with foliage, roses, spray roses, larkspur, hydrangeas and trailing jasmine to create a stunning and sophisticated look.

The wedding breakfast would benefit from large floral arrangements. Incorporate long tables with chiffon and silk table runners cascading onto the floor. Chiavari chairs with chiffon drapes would be an ideal choice that would create a graceful movement that would contrast well with silver candelabras with pastel colour floral arrangements. It's important that you use only one of the solid pastel colours mentioned above for your linens at the venue and that the crockery is of the regency period style and in a harmonious hue.

If this sounds like too much work, then search for a local wedding venue stylist. Not only will they be able to offer advice, but they can set up the venue for you.

Colleen Stevenson, Distinctive Elegance

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

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