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Event Dressing for Corporate Events

According to Eventbrite, the UK events industry is worth £42.3bn per year, with the average budget per event being around £65,943. This is quite a staggering figure when you think about it, and so it should come as no surprise that corporate events are a big business the world over, and it is an industry that is growing.  There are over 1.3 million business events held in the UK every year, which has led to our event dressing services becoming more and more in demand as well. In our experience, the most popular types of corporate events are as follows:


The purpose of a conference/seminar is to gather a targeted audience into one place in order to provide them with the relevant information. Conferences are typically long events of half a day or more,  with multiple sessions involved geared towards different interests, positions or skill levels. They typically begin with a keynote speech for everyone to attend and then split off into breakout sessions. Seminars, on the other hand, tend to be shorter events that keep all attendees together in the same space.

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Exhibitions/Trade Fairs

The purpose of an exhibition or trade fair is for attendees to generate leads from the other people attending, whether they be customers, prospects or suppliers. Exhibitions within the UK attract around 13 million visitors annually, with exhibitors typically spending around £2.7 billion on goods and services to demonstrate at events.

Appreciation Events

These events can be internally within a business – i.e. employers showing their appreciation for employees – or externally – i.e. employers showing their appreciation for customers. These are typically informal events that allow the two parties involved to build a relationship and learn more about each other in a non-pressurised environment.  Some events we have worked on have included dinner and a dance, sporting events and private parties at music festivals.

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Company Milestones

These are celebratory occasions which offer businesses the opportunity to make a big deal about a milestone, anniversary or other grand events. They tend to be quite similar to appreciation events but can also include the local community depending on the company’s size and stature.

Team Building Days

These days have become more and more popular over recent years, as a way of building employee confidence and morale, as well as building businesses strengths. Team building events provide employers with the opportunity to spend time working together in a non-work environment in order to build stronger teams. In the past, these events have tended to be based on physical outdoor activities such as obstacle courses, but nowadays they can also include workshops on sensitivity training.

Board Meetings

Both private and public companies place great emphasis on board and shareholder meetings as they provide a great opportunity for reviewing business performance and getting business executives together to make important decisions. They can range in size from small internal events to large-scale events encompassing shareholders.

If you are planning on holding a corporate event, and are looking for some help with event dressing, then please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com




Event Decoration: Top Tips

When it comes to event decoration, we know what we are doing, but we appreciate it can be quite a daunting task for most people. With the advent of the internet, it is so easy to find amazing images of event decor online and think ‘oh my goodness I would love my event to look like that’, but when it actually comes down to it can be hard to recreate.

Don’t panic though, as we are here to help. We have years of experience in wedding and event decoration and have styled many different venues over the years.  To aid you in your next event we have pulled together some top tips to help you achieve the event that you want:

  • Existing Decor – Hopefully the room you are using for your event is decorated in a style that you like, and something that goes with the theme you are hoping to use. Take a good look at everything in the room and work out exactly what works for you and what you might want the venue to remove (within reason).
  • Existing Images – Have a search on the internet or ask the venue themselves, for pictures of the room you have hired dressed for various events. These can help guide you in what you might do for your event based on your likes and dislikes. For example, these pictures might show that low floral arrangements are lost in the room as the ceilings are so high.
  • Tableware – what does the venue provide? and does the tableware the venue provide work with your theme or not? For example, a lot of venues will have tablecloths that you can use, but they tend not to be floor length which isn’t ideal as exposed table legs can detract from the fabulous decorations going on on top. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be provided with floor-length tablecloths by your venue but aren’t sure of the colour, you can also dress them up by hiring runners and other table linens from us.
  • Lighting – Always an important one to consider, and something that is easily overlooked. Think about the time of day your event is taking place, as an event at 4 pm in the summer will be bright and light naturally, whereas in the winter it won’t. Lighting may also affect your colour choices as well, as pale colours may be lost in a dimly lit area and so you may need to change your colour palette to a brighter one instead.
  • Think Outside the Box – Table decorations are getting more and more adventurous, and we have worked with lots of gorgeous ideas recently including birdcages filled with flowers, glass cloches filled with flowers, and even piles of books. Don’t be afraid to really go all out on your theme, we have a wide range of decorations to hire which can really make your venue come to life.
  • Pre-plan – If possible, ask your venue if you can have a pre-event meeting where you can take a look at the linens and the place settings and make sure that they look exactly as you want. If you can get your florist to attend this will be great as well, as they can then get an idea of the venue and the other elements in the room and craft your arrangements accordingly.

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For more information on our event decoration services, please call us today on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or alternatively you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com

An Event Decoration Companies Tips for Organising the Perfect Christmas Party

If you have been given the job of organising the company Christmas party this year, don’t panic, we are here to help. As an event decoration company with many years of experience, we can help you provide a party that your colleagues will enjoy and remember for a long time. It is never too early to think about Christmas, well not in the event dressing world anyway, and the sooner you start to plan your Christmas event the smoother it will run.

Here are some of our top tips for planning the perfect Christmas party:

  1. Set the Date

You will know from experience that Christmas is a busy time of year for people socially and so their diaries will start to fill up quickly. So, the earlier you can get a date booked in for your Christmas do, the better.   You are never going to please everyone, so just go with when the majority are free and remember that Thursdays and Fridays tend to be popular.

  1. Stick to the Budget

The size of your budget will tend to dictate what type of Christmas party you organise as it will determine your venue, choice of entertainment and food and drink choices as well. Find out what your budget is as early in the process as possible so that you don’t plan something that you can’t afford. Also, try and leave some money in the budget as an emergency fund as unexpected costs can crop up during the event planning process.

  1. Find a Venue

Good venues tend to get booked up quickly, so the earlier you can source and book a venue the better. Make sure the venue you choose is easily accessible for guests and has availability on your date. Go for a site visit and take some photos as this will help with event decoration planning, and also utilise the knowledge of the existing events team at the venue as they will have a good knowledge of the space. Make sure you clarify exactly what items are included in the hire price, and what event decoration items you will need to hire yourself.

  1. Pick a Theme

The theme you choose can make or break your event – so no pressure there! Some ideas that work well at Christmas are traditional Christmas, Vintage Christmas, pantomime, winter wonderland, and Santa’s workshop. Then start to list anything you would associate with this theme, such as lighting, table centrepieces, food and so on. You can always give us a call if you are stuck for ideas, we will be happy to help with inspiration and quotes.

  1. Think Outside the Box

Sometimes just the little things can make a huge difference in making your event as enjoyable as possible. Touches such as putting fresh flowers and good quality soap in the toilets, having a cloakroom for guests to leave their coats, and hiring a photographer to capture people looking their best as they arrive.

For more information on event planning and our event decoration hire services, please telephone us on 0800 830 300 or send an email detailing your requirements to hello@thevenuestylist.com


The Wedding Decoration Hire Trends for 2018 You Need to Know Now!

Believe it or not but we are already getting enquiries about wedding decoration hire for 2018. So, exciting as this means we can start looking at a whole new load of wedding trends for the next 12 months.  Timeless themes are always popular, but there are some new event decoration trends that are emerging that you can incorporate into your wedding day to make your day stand out from the rest. From new decoration trends to new floral ideas and food trends, here is The Venue Stylist round up of the 2018 wedding trends:

Smaller Guest Lists

We have noticed a trend over the last few years for weddings and events to be smaller more intimate affairs, with many couples choosing to leave relatives that they haven’t seen for years of the invitation list. This not only gives the day a lovely atmosphere as the couple are surrounded by the people they love the best, but it also means the wedding itself costs much less than normal!

Invitation Only

Although weddings are getting smaller, the invitations themselves are getting more ornate and creative. A lot of couples are shunning traditional paper invitations for more adventurous materials such as Perspex wedding invitations, wood invitations and even fabric. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and really give your guests a taste of what to expect on the big day.

Fabulous Food

Along with the ditching of big formal weddings, many couples are also ditching the traditional wedding breakfast and opting for food they love to eat, such as pizza and sharing food. Our increased love of ethnic cuisine in the UK will be reflected in Mexican, Japanese and Peruvian food appearing on more wedding menus next year.


There is a real trend towards Scandinavian design and clean lines in interiors at the moment, and this is reflected in wedding decor next year with a real move towards transparency. Couples are opting for more light-filled venues with floor to ceiling windows, and even glass houses. Transparency is creeping into decor itself, with glass printed seating plans and lots of glass details on table tops as well.

Floral Fever

In 2018, there is a trend towards focusing more on the actual vessel the flowers are in and not the flowers themselves. Brides are opting for a mix of modern and vintage vessels, with coloured glass and vintage cut glass featuring highly. With the flowers, the bolder, the better really.

Another interesting floral trend for 2018 is the introduction of wedding wreaths as a decoration whatever the season. These tend to have a bohemian feel and are created using eucalyptus, wildflowers and wispy grasses.

Whatever trend you go for, be it one of the new trends we have outlined above, or a more traditional feel, we offer the wedding decoration hire service you need. For more information, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (tel) or 07580 333 000 (mobile) or send an email enquiry to hello@thevenuestylist

Why Is Event Decoration So Important for Corporate Events?


When you think about event decoration, the first thing that comes to mind is probably wedding decoration, but corporate event decoration is a growing area of business for us. Whether you are pulling together a large trade show for potential clients or an awards ceremony for employees – first impressions count. What your potential customer or employee experiences when they first walk into your event, whether it be the flowers, the lighting or even the table setting – all of this will make a big impression on them and give them some indication of what is to come. For example, a large formal table holding an elaborate floral centrepiece will offer a sense of solemnity and potentially even intimacy. A more simplistic modern setting, on the other hand, is more likely to promote networking and enhance conversations. Some of the things you should think about when considering event decoration for you next corporate event are:

What’s At Floor Level?

If you are planning a large event, in a convention centre, for example, it can be such a large unfamiliar space that can make people feel overwhelmed or disorientated. An easy way to combat this is to use carpet tiles or some kind of flooring to lead guests to the most suitable path, and help them find their way. This can be expensive though, so you could also look at using things like lanterns or floor standing candelabras as an alternative. To take this idea further, you can then give your delegates a hint of what is to come by including subtle hints of what will be where in the collateral you send them before the event.


Special Spaces

Traditional room settings such as theatre style or classroom style will never go out of fashion, but more casual spaces which are more informal yet still support learning. Breakout sessions are becoming more and more popular as people like to be hands on and have more interactive sessions these days. For these types of events, the room layout and seating should be comfortable, loose and versatile in order to loosen people up in a way that invites them to participate. Dimmed lighting and starlit backdrops are a great way to ensure you are providing an inviting atmosphere.


Table Design

At any event, the meal tends to be the one thing that everyone looks forward to, and sitting down to a meal is a significant moment where event decoration can really make an impact. We are seeing more and more sleek and simple table designs, with just a splash of colour based on the event colour and theme. Many corporate events often have promotional materials that need to be incorporated into the decor and these can also be added to table settings as well.



The majority of events these days are geared towards networking, and event decoration and design choices can help to encourage people to connect by giving a more inviting and friendly feel to a space. If you are planning an interactive session which you want people to be engaged in, then you need as much natural light as possible whereas for encouraging one-to-one connections you should opt for dimmer lighting for a more intimate feel.


From lighting to flowers, event decoration gives your delegates a taste of what to expect before your event has event started. There are many ways to decorate a space that can help delegates to navigate a space, feel more comfortable in a space, and help them feel involved and more engaged in the sessions they are attending.

To enhance the delegate experience at your next corporate event, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or by email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.

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Event Decoration: Why Is Lighting So Important?

When Thinking About Lighting for your Event, What Do You Need To Consider?

When considering event decoration, one of the most important things to think about is lighting. Lighting is one of the best investments you can make for your event, whether it be a wedding or some other celebration because it is the best way to set the mood and brighten up your chosen venue.  Whether you choose a fairy light backdrop or some uplighters, event lighting can add real drama and a lovely ambience to your venue and make your day much more special.

As a company who deal in event decoration and wedding decoration hire, we have had many brides ask us about the different lighting options available, and so we have written this brief guide as a response to that.


event decoration uplighterThese are a simple but great way to light any room. If the room you have chosen for your event is pretty basic, then why not use some uplighters around the perimeters of the space as part of your event decoration, in order to light the walls and even add colour that can be changed to suit the theme or the mood you want to create? We have a wide range of small but powerful uplighters that can transform your venue instantly and easily add the drama that you are looking that you are looking for.






Fairy Lights

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A string of fairy lights is really effective at creating a gorgeous detail in a sunset or evening wedding. But if your wedding is in the daytime, don’t worry, you can have twinkly fairy lights as well, especially if your reception is indoors. Fairy lights are also a great way to take a marquee from ordinary to magical under a starry night.







Starlight Backdrops

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We have recently added a beautiful starlight backdrop to our range of wedding decorations to hire as we have had such a high demand for them from our brides. These soft and romantic lights look fantastic on their own and add a really beautiful romantic ambience. They are also a great way to hide any unsightly backgrounds or decor.




event decoration candles

One of the most inexpensive options when thinking about how to decorate your tables, candles are a great way to create romantic centrepieces for intimate weddings. You can’t go wrong with some beautiful floating candles and tea-lights.




Light Up Letters

Add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your wedding by hiring some of our popular light up letters. We offer the option of either ‘LOVE’ or ‘MR & MRS’ in our floor standing sizes or why not hire both – they look amazing in pictures. We can also offer you ‘LOVE’ in a smaller size suitable for placing on a table. Our light up letters come in warm white as standard, but we can get our hands on them in a wide range of colours if you really want them to make a splash!






This is just a brief overview of the range of lights that we offer, but there are some important things you should remember when thinking about the light you want for your wedding:


If you are using any of our range of beautiful lights for your wedding, it is a good idea to let your photographer know. Photographing lights is a real skill, and so if you are wanting pictures of yourself featuring fairy lights then it is a good idea to check that this is something they can do, and they can also make sure that they bring the right equipment with them on the day.

Venue Permission for Event Decoration

You might have your heart set on 2,000 candles to decorate your reception, but your venue may have other ideas! Before you go ahead and book the lighting you wish to hire for your wedding, it is a good idea to talk to your chosen venue to see what lighting they have already and also what you are permitted to add. For example, if your wedding is taking place in an older building or one that is quite remote, there may be restrictions on what you can hang from the ceilings or wall, or they may have an outdated fuse board or electricity restrictions. So, it is always a good idea to check first!

We have so much gorgeous lighting inspiration for you, but if you have any wedding lighting or event decoration questions, please call us on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com and we will do our best to get you the answer.