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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

A Guide to Hosting a Fabulous Baby Shower

Although a lot of our business is based on wedding decoration hire in Manchester, we have seen a lot more requests for baby shower decoration recently.  This comes as no surprise when a recent survey found that two-thirds of mums-to-be in the UK have organised a baby shower as they found them a great way to get tips and advice as they can easily pick the brains of those who already have children. Baby showers are also a great excuse to spend an afternoon with friends eating cake and chilling out! But what do you need to think about when it comes to planning a fun baby shower?

Date and Time

The most important thing to do first consult with the mum-to-be about the best date and time for her party. Traditionally, baby showers tend to be held when the guest of honour is in her 7th month of pregnancy – when she is well into her pregnancy but still comfortable. It also gives her and her partner time to sort their gifts out afterwards and see what they still need to shop for. You should also decide if the mum to be is hosting it alone or if she needs a co-host to help her with the planning and decoration.

Venue Choice

Once you have selected the date and time of the baby shower, you need to get a guest list from the mum-to-be (with contact details as well). For a small list, you can have a great shower in your living room or garden, whereas a larger list will mean you should think about hiring a room in a hotel or a restaurant. Another important question to ask is who is paying for it? It may be that you decide on a surprise shower for a good friend and everyone who attends wants to contribute something.


Make sure you send out invitations to all the guests at least six weeks before the date -similar to a wedding. This way they can make sure they are free on the date can send you an RSVP back, so you have numbers, and also shop for a gift.  For an informal shower, you can get away with an email invitation, for a more formal event you may want to order paper invites.

Plan the Decor

A lot of people now are theming their events. You can go with a traditional baby theme of course, or how about going for a garden theme? Our flower wall and balloon/flower arch are really popular choices at the moment and are a simple way to add a touch of glamour to the day.

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Plan the Menu

It is a good idea to have snacks available for guests, and finger food always goes down well. You could go for comfort food to suit the expectant mum’s cravings – such as mini burgers, potato salad and cupcakes. Or keep with the garden theme and have a picnic of sandwiches, crisps and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Don’t Forget Favours

Favours aren’t just for weddings, a parting gift from the baby shower is an excellent way to thank guests for attending, and it doesn’t have to be over the top.  You could hire one of our sweet carts, for example, and not only will this add to the decoration of the event, but guests can go home with their own specially selected bag of goodies.

For more baby shower ideas or to discuss our wedding decoration hire service, please call us on 0800 830 3000 (Tel), 07580 333 000 (mobile), or email us hello@thevenuestylist.com