When wedding and event planner Julie from A Touch of Class got in contact to photograph her new range of fairytale table decor I was intrigued. Launching on Valentine’s Day I couldn’t wait to see her interpretation of the popular films Beauty & the Beast and Snow White, I was not disappointed. This classy and romantic take on fairytale stories lent itself perfectly to the beautiful setting of Woodlands Castle.
Whilst photographing the tables I found out Julie’s top tips for wedding venue styling.
Planning & Preparation
Try and get an idea of how you would like your day to look and feel. Gain some inspiration by looking at pictures, colours and themes. Creating a mood board is a brilliant way to save your ideas in one place, Pinterest is a great way to store your vision and ideas and will help you choose a colour palette and style that reflects you and your personality. Create a checklist, this will help you keep a record of what is needed for your special day. As well as a wedding stylist it is also a good idea to have a wedding planner to help keep you organised and be there to host on the big day to ensure the day runs smoothly.
DIY or a Wedding Stylist?
Why not a bit of both? A popular trend is for brides to make some of their own decorations and be very much involved with contributing to the styling, I actually love this and think this is a great idea! This is a fabulous way of putting your personality in. A good wedding stylist will encourage this and offer ideas and help if needed so that everything matches in to create the required effect! I always look to save my wedding couples money wherever I can so sometimes it is worth working out what the DIY items will cost to make and if they would save money by hiring. There is no right or wrong way of doing this! The advantage of having a wedding stylist is that you can relax and get pampered on your special day and let them bring all your ideas to life!
Finding a Supplier
The eye is in the details, certain items and the little details will make a huge difference to the venue in respect of decorating and styling. I feel the styling side of the venue is just as important as everything else; after all, it is the place where you will be spending most of your wedding day! It doesn’t have to be expensive to decorate the venue and finding the right supplier can make all the difference. I think it is very important to find someone you can trust, the right supplier should be just as passionate about your day as you are. Hiring items should save you time and cost and if you have a few items ask for a package deal or a discount.
Creating an ambience is really important. Lighting is the best way to transform any venue. Whether it is fairy lights or candles it will enhance the room and also set the atmosphere. The ceiling is a fantastic space for styling, along with a pretty fairy light backdrop to frame the top table. If you are having a civil ceremony and reception at the same venue save some pennies by using the backdrop twice (behind the ceremony table and then behind the top table). It is great to get some focal points around the room especially if your venue is a blank canvas.
I believe that the most important feature of a wedding reception in relation to styling is the table centrepieces and top table décor. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right centrepiece as the options are limitless, do you go high, low or both? Every wedding couple wants to make a lasting impression and the centrepieces if chosen properly will certainly get admired and give that “wow factor”!
Here are some of my tips for choosing the right centrepiece for that visual impact:
Find inspiration in wedding magazines or books, look at different themes, colours designs or perhaps come up with something a little different that reflects you and the things you love.
Why not choose a theme? This is a quirky way of ensuring your centrepiece will be admired and talked about.
Use candles with the centrepiece this will add that romantic touch.
Use high and low centrepieces but make sure your guests can still have a conversation and see each other. Do not go too low as the centrepieces can get overlooked.
Imagination is the key!
Credits: All photography by Kelly Weech | Styling by A Touch of Class | Venue-Woodlands Castle