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Venue Styling for a Buffet or Sit Down Reception

When it comes to venue styling for weddings, one of the most important questions we ask couples is ‘are you having a sit-down reception or a buffet?’ This may seem like a strange question, but actually, it can have an effect on the way your venue is decorated. Your wedding breakfast is one of the highlights of the day for many people, and so you need to decide whether you are doing the traditional formal sit-down dinner, or you are instead going to have a more relaxed buffet or even canapes and cocktails.

You may be struggling to decide which one is best for your wedding, so in this article, we will look at the pro’s and cons of each to help you decide.


Gives you the option of serving a wider menu choice than a formal meal does, meaning your guests can help themselves to exactly the food they want to eat.

You can still include an element of the formal dining style, by seating guests at tables after they have helped themselves to the buffet.

Having a buffet where guests help themselves, means you will save on serving staff, and this can reduce the cost of your wedding quite considerably

Buffets are ideal for summer weddings as you could go for a more informal BBQ with lots of salad options which gives a wonderful visual impact. You could even build on this by incorporating outdoor tables, chairs and floor cushions into your wedding as well.

Buffets are a great way to get your guests to mingle so are a good idea if the majority of your guests are already acquainted.

If money is tight, you can opt for a canape or finger buffet reception instead which is a less expensive option than a seated dinner, and also removes the need for large tables and chairs as well.

Formal Sit Down Meal

This is the more traditional option so is perfect for a more formal occasion

Having a formal meal with a set table plan is good for an event where not everyone knows each other as you can then place people together with other people that they already know.

Having a buffet generally means that people will have to queue which can give rise to a little bit of stress. Having a formal sit down meal means that people are generally more relaxed throughout as they don’t have to move from their tables.

Having a sit-down meal is also a better option for more elderly guests as they won’t relish the idea of juggling a plate, cutlery and a glass which they will have to do at a buffet.

A formal wedding breakfast means that you are in control of the food that is served and the portion size, meaning everyone gets an equal amount (you always get that one person at a buffet who helps themselves to more than they should!)

At the end of the day, whether you go for a sit-down meal or a buffet, we can still decorate your room with beautiful linen and centrepieces that will make everyone go wow! For more information, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile) or you can send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com


Venue Styling For Industrial Spaces

Although we are based in Cheshire, we offer venue styling services across the whole of the North West, including Manchester. You only have to walk around Manchester City Centre for five minutes to see that it was an industrial city, as there are many old warehouses and industrial units scattered about. Many of these buildings are now being used for wedding venues, and this is a trend we are really excited about as non-traditional spaces such as these have real personality and are suitable for a vast range of venue styling possibilities. In this article, we have gathered together five of our favourite industrial venue styling options, so you can see which one might be right for you:

Bohemian Industrial

Bohemian weddings are getting more and more popular, and this is a trend that works really well in an industrial space. Eclectic decorations and textured fabrics not only add visual interest to large spaces but also add depth as well. If you go with a bohemian theme, you are giving yourself permission to let your free spirit go wild, and display room decorations from floor to ceiling.

Earthy Industrial

To really make your guests say ‘wow’ when they walk into your venue why not go for a major contrast to your theme and plump for earthy industrial which pairs natural details with your industrial space. This theme is all about bringing the outside in, so think lots of plants, masses of greenery and as many botanical details as you can get your hands on. The more variety in your plants the better.

Minimalist Industrial

Most venue styling themes tend to focus on filling up your industrial space to make it look completely different but going down the minimalist route instead, focuses on highlighting the beauty of the existing space. You can complement the clean lines by using sleek decoration items such as copper vases, dark wood and single floral stems. The aim is to create visual interest without losing the fact that you are in an industrial setting.

Romantic Industrial

Romantic venue styling is a theme that melts our hearts time after time, with its lush florals, feminine colour palette and vintage-inspired detailing. To make your wedding stand out from the rest search around for descriptions in famous love stories.


Rustic Industrial

People tend to think that rustic weddings have to take place in a barn, but this is not always the case. Abandoned factories and mills, such as the ones we have an abundance of in Manchester, are great for rustic weddings as they naturally have a deconstructed look and vintage feel. Rustic styling tends to focus on wood and lots of it, with lots of natural decoration items thrown in as well.

To really make your industrial venue shine, give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com.