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How to Decorate your Wedding Reception Tables

Some girls dream about their wedding their whole lives, growing up knowing exactly what dress they want, where they want the reception to be, and have every single detail nailed – right down to the type of wedding chair covers they want. Some girls don’t though. If you’re in the second group and have no idea where to start, then you have come to the right place.  In this article, we are going to share some tips for decorating your wedding reception and hopefully inspire you with some stunning table decoration ideas.

When styling a wedding reception, there is a huge range of options to choose from to help you to achieve your preferred look. If you are really stuck for inspiration why not take a look through our ‘Venues & Galleries’ photos.

When you have chosen your preferred theme, and are thinking about how to decorate your tables, then keep this checklist in mind:

Table Size and Shape

A quick look at any furniture store website will show you that tables come in various shapes and sizes – however, wedding venue tables tend to be standardised. Round tables are popular at the moment, but if you have a large group of guests, you may want to opt for long rectangular tables instead. You should also consider the shape of the room if you have an option on tables – round tables are best for more uneven shaped rooms while long tables work better in a narrow room.

Table Linen

You may be lucky enough to get access to tables that are so beautiful that you want to show off their style. For example, a Manor House type venue may have heavy wooden tables that are just too gorgeous to hide away under tablecloths.

However, we know from experience that these occasions are few and far between but whether your tables are round, square or rectangular, we have the tablecloths, overlays, runners and napkins you need to make them stand out from the crowd.

Chair Covers

Sometimes brides have been disappointed in the style of chairs that their reception has offered them, feeling that they will bring down the look of their reception. This has led to the rise in the popularity of chair covers which can help to dress your room, fitting in with your theme whether it is classic and elegant or a bolder look.

Place Settings

Once you have decided on your table linen style, you then need to consider you place settings. This is the glasses, cutlery, and crockery that you want your venue to use when serving your guests. You may not have a choice of course, as many venues nowadays just have one set and that is what you are stuck with – but if you are lucky enough to be offered a choice, then you should go with the one that fits your chosen theme – be it formal or informal. Of course, you may want to do without a place setting if you are having a cocktail reception.


There are a broad range of wedding centrepieces available from bird cages, lanterns, votives, and ostrich feathers – or you may want a mix of all of these. There are so many beautiful things to choose from it can be hard to narrow it down, so just try and stick with things that match your chosen theme and also think about your guests when they are sat eating their meal – you don’t want to block their view of the rest of the people at the table.

Place Cards & Table Numbers

Having a formal table plan makes it easier for the waiting staff at your reception venue to deliver specific meals to specific people – for example if you have guests who want vegetarian or gluten free meals. You can have subtle table numbers, place cards and menu cards or you can use them to help you make a statement.

For more wedding decoration ideas or to discuss what we can do for you, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mob), or by email on hello@thevenuestylist.com

Chair Cover Hire Manchester Tips For A Unique Wedding Day

Why Is It Important To Think About The Five Senses When Planning Your Wedding?

Your big day is finally here – it is the moment that you have been dreaming about forever and the planning of this day has probably  taken up every spare waking minute. You and your partner have saved hard for this day and planned it down to the last detail – the dress, the cake, the decorations, the guest list, the seating plan….we could go on. As experienced venue stylists we know that it is common amongst brides that they find themselves in a bit of a panic before the big day, wondering if they have made the right decisions as to who is seated next to who, what music is being played and what the venue looks like. It is every bride’s worst nightmare to have their guests sat in a large room where there is no ambience or atmosphere. Part of our service is to take away as much of the stress of the wedding decoration hire that we can, and we as we have years of experience of planning events.  Here is our guide to how to make sure your wedding day goes with a swing, think about the five senses in order to bring some structure to your planning.


Your guests first impression of your wedding is the visual impact they get when they walk into your venue, and this will set the tone for the day. First things first, choose the best venue that you can for your budget, but don’t over extend yourself as even the most basic of venue can be dressed to be both opulent and beautiful. Any venue, be it a marquee, the local community centre or a hotel can be made to feel really grand with the addition of some beautiful fresh flowers, twinkling fairy lights, gorgeous table decorations, and stunning chair covers to really liven up the chairs.

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Talking about chair covers these are a really important part of your wedding venue decoration, and it is critical that all of your linen blends together. For example, if you have ivory tablecloths and napkins as part of your table settings, then don’t go for white wedding chair covers as the white will make the ivory look dirty. If your venue is providing the tablecloths and napkins, try and get a sample of them so that you can use this to ensure you have a consistent colour theme and won’t have any big surprises on your special day.

As a company who offer chair cover hire in Manchester we know it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to have just one colour of chair sashes for each chair  – you could be a bit more adventurous and have different colours on each table, or even a wider palette of colours across the whole room. You could also try two different coloured sashes per chair for an eye-catching look, or even adding such as flowers to your sash as well.


An event or wedding is not an event without background music, as there is nothing worse for your guests than sitting in a venue that sounds like a large dining hall with people talking. Having some background music playing will not only soften the mood but will lift the spirits as people will become more animated. It also means that when everyone is busy eating the music will come to the forefront and keep the atmosphere lively.

When it comes to music for your event, choosing the right music is key – after all you still want people to be able to hear themselves over the music so you don’t want anything that is too loud or upbeat – on the other hand you don’t want to send people to sleep so something in the middle would be ideal. Don’t just pick music that is personal to you because you like it, make sure you pick songs that will help people to feel relaxed and at ease and helps them to enjoy your special day.


Flavour is a very personal thing – what one person thinks is amazing could be the next person’s worst nightmare. Humans have five basic tastes – bitter, salty, sour, sweet and umami and these all depend on odour, texture and temperature. Therefore, when you are considering your catering options you should take into consideration how you want your guests to feel, for example, keeping your flavours clean and simple will give a more elegant feel.

Your caterer or wedding venue will be able to give you some suggestions as to what some unique but tasty menu choices might be. It is important to remember that when you are catering for large numbers of guests there are certain dishes that will be more successful than others – and your caterer will be able to advise you of this. If you keep in mind that fresh, local ingredients are best then you should make a good decision.


This is an unusual one to discuss for a wedding, but smell is a chemical sense. Each of us has hundreds of olfactory receptors which can bind to a particular molecular feature. What this means is that these receptors can send a message to the brain, which then decides what we perceive as the smell of the molecules. The last thing you want then, is your guests to walk into your venue and be put off by the smell.

You only have to walk around for five minutes to discover that there are thousands of different scents that you can detect – and not all of them are pleasant. You want the scent of your wedding day to reflect the tone and ambiance of your big day, so think about your theme and then take a look around things that are naturally around the venue and try and choose items that enhance what is already there. For example, if you are having a rural wedding in a marquee you could incorporate herbs such as rosemary and mint into your floral decorations.


Our skin is the largest organ in our body and the nerve endings in the skin send information to the brain whenever we touch anything. We tend to feel four sensations whenever we touch anything – cold, contact, heat and pain. Therefore, temperature on your big day is important for this sense  – you don’t want the venue to be too hot or too cold. Think about natural ventilation, such as whether there are any windows you can open or close, and also whether you need any air conditioning units if you are getting married in the summer. If you do hire air conditioning units, then think carefully about where they are situated as the last thing you want is your guests complaining that they are sat in the path of a unit that is blasting out cold air!

The fabrics that you use to decorate your venue are also important, and natural fibres such as cotton and velvet will beat man made fibres every day. The chair covers, table coverings and curtains used to decorate the venue will all impact on how your guests feel and whether they are able to relax or not.

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This is a brief round-up of what to keep in mind when considering the five senses when planning for your wedding, and if you have any questions about anything we have mentioned here or want to know more about our wedding styling service  then please give us a call on 0800 830 300 (office) or 07580 333 000 (mobile) or you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com if you prefer.



Choosing The Right Chair for your Wedding

Chair Cover Hire in Manchester Can Ensure Your Wedding Looks Amazing

One of the most important decisions you will make about your wedding day is choosing the right wedding venue, but quite often you will find that the chairs and tables they provide don’t quite fit in with your chosen theme. It is becoming more and more popular these days for couples to rent chairs and tables for either their ceremony or reception or both! This can be quite an overwhelming process, though as there are so many options out there. In this article, we will explore ten particular types of chair to help you to narrow it out:

Art Deco

Chairs that fall under the Art Deco category tend to have a streamlined design that fits into the celebration of the machine age of this period. Art Deco style chairs tend to be a lot sleeker than their more contemporary cousins.


There are lots of contemporary dining chair designs out there, and it is hard to describe them as modern design is artistic, variable and unreliable. A wide range of materials are used, and chairs may feature a pedestal design instead of legs. One example of this is the Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair, which is based on the shape of a Louis XV armchair, but the chair itself is completely transparent, made with injection-molded polycarbonate. This modern completely transparent chair is the perfect choice if you are looking for a sophisticated look at both your ceremony and reception.

Classic Modern

Classic Modern is a term that has been adopted to describe mid-century styles which tend to feature streamlined designs in materials such as fibreglass, metal or plastic. Eames chairs are a good example of a classic modern style.


These are solid wooden chairs in a classic American style such as Mission and Arts & Crafts – perfect for rustic style weddings. This style of chair is popular as they are durable and simple, and tend to go with a lot of different schemes.

French Cafe Chairs

This is a loose term used to cover a wide range of cafe style chairs from the classic Thonet style to more common folding styles. Folding Cafe Chairs are the most versatile chair option if you are on a budget and want your guests to use the same chairs at the ceremony and reception. Usually, this type of chair is available in shades of wood or white and sometimes comes with padded seating. It is a clean and simple option for any wedding.

Space Age Chairs

These tend to be chairs that are made from plastic or other materials that are commonly thought of to be ‘futuristic’. They tend to be in smooth, sleek designs in bright colours.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to renting hundreds of chairs for your wedding, then why not consider chair cover hire in Manchester? Wedding chair covers can really bring a room to life offering you a simple and elegant way to pull all your decor together. With over 25 styles of chair covers in stock, we even stock chair covers with arms!

Contact the team at The Venue Stylist today to discuss the perfect chair and chair cover combination to compliment your wedding. You can call us on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com