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Wedding Venue Dressing Tips For Your Spring Wedding

Being a company who specialise in wedding venue dressing we know that summer may be thought of as the most popular season to get married in, but spring is known as the season of hope which is just one of the reasons that we think it is the perfect time to say ‘I Do!’.  After all, in spring the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining (well, we can all keep our fingers crossed for that last one!). Although spring does have many things going for it, there can also be some potential pitfalls to be mindful of as well, and so in this blog post, we have outlined some ways to prepare for a spring wedding to make it a day that everyone will remember for all the right reasons!

Be Weather Prepared

Living in the UK means that one of the things we always say to our couples is be prepared for the unpredictable weather – whatever time of year you are getting married, but particularly in the spring. If you are braving the elements and planning to get married outside, then it may be a good idea to find an indoor area that you could use as a back-up. Having an indoor-outdoor venue will be the best idea in case those famous April showers decide to make an appearance.

Double Duty Decorations

If you are having an event or a wedding outdoors in the springtime, then when you are thinking about wedding venue dressing you should consider using umbrellas and cute buckets as decorative pieces that can be used in case of emergency. Investing in some umbrellas in the same colour as the event theme, and placing them in a pretty vintage watering can or rustic silver bucket will bring a smile to your guest’s lips while also being practical. Your day will still look exactly the way you want it to, but you will have things on hand to help your guests if it suddenly starts pouring down.

Don’t Just Think Pastels

When considering wedding venue dressing for spring, it is so easy to plump for pastel pinks and lilacs, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use different colours to these. We have seen navy mixed with white and light beige and also deep purples and berries being used for spring weddings – and both of these colour choices look great. Of course, rose gold is the ‘it’ colour this year, so this may also be a great choice for you as well.

Mix Blooms & Greenery

Using blooms that are in season is always a popular option, but recently we have started to see a lot more greenery being used. This could be because it is a great way to cut down on costs, but it also helps to bring that outdoor feeling inside and really allows you to embrace the feeling of nature. A great way to add some greenery when dressing venue is to use a long green garland as a runner on a rectangular table – not forgetting to add some colour with a few carefully placed flowers.

Keep it Casual

A lot of spring weddings are now being planned with a more casual approach to attire in mind. If you think about it, formal wear and very dressy looks would look a little out of place outside, and so keeping things whimsical, and fun may be the way to go. It is a good idea to let guests know on the invite that the wedding is outdoors and that more casual dress is acceptable so that they know what to wear and don’t come in stiletto heels that will get them stuck in the grass!

These are just a few ideas for planning a wonderful spring wedding, but if you would like more help with any aspect of wedding venue dressing then please give us a call on 0800 333 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com and we will be more than happy to help.

A Wedding Venue Dressing Guide to Table Plans

Table Plans Are An Important Part of Wedding Venue Dressing

One of the most important jobs when it comes to wedding planning is deciding on the table plan. Whether you are little Miss organised or you have a little more cavalier attitude towards organisation, one thing you should be aware of is that you seating plan needs to be ordered correctly – you cannot go rogue! You may not be aware, but there are a wide range of factors that can affect your seating plan but don’t panic – we are one of the leading wedding venue dressing companies in Cheshire, and we know a thing or two about seating plans. So here are our top tips to keep in mind to ensure that everything runs smoothly on your special day:

Top Table

This can be one of the trickiest decisions you will make on your wedding day – who to include on your top table. There isn’t an infinite number of seats obviously, but there may be a large number of people that you feel like you want to include. Things can get tricky if you are part of a stepfamily, for example, if both your parents have new partners then you have four parents to seat just on your side alone. And what about your maid of honour who you have known since you were two, where should her boyfriend sit if she is sitting at the top table? If you are really struggling to work out who to put where, why not think outside the box and do something different to the ‘traditional’ top table? You could adopt the American tradition of having the bride and groom sitting on a table on their own, or you could still have a table with your close family and friends on but keep it the same size and shape as the other tables, so that it doesn’t stand out and everyone feels they are on a level playing field.

Top Table Placement

Even if you do away with the traditional idea of a top table, the table where the bride and groom are sat is still important as the speeches will all be made from this table. This means that the table with the bride and groom on needs to be situated in a central point so that everyone can hear what is happening. After all, it wouldn’t be a wedding if your elderly relatives didn’t give the best man disapproving looks during his jokes!

Table Size

Table size is very important to consider when it comes to dressing your venue as it will have an influence on the wedding breakfast atmosphere. If you have lots of big tables, for example, you will tend to get a livelier atmosphere as everyone chat’s together, whereas smaller tables will create a more intimate feeling.

Table Decoration

We can’t talk about table size without talking about table decoration – after all, as a company concerned with dressing venue’s this is our forte! Now, what do table decorations have to do with seating plans, you may wonder. Well, let’s have a think about it. If you have huge centrepieces that are stuffed with large florals, peacocks feathers and so on, they will, of course, look amazing and bring gasps of ‘wow’ from your guests, but the minute they sit down they will start to get irritated. Have you ever sat at a table where you are trying to have a conversation through sprigs of foliage and florals? It can really take the shine off things, can’t it?

To Mingle or Not to Mingle?

This can be a real headache when it comes to seating plans, do you want to keep all of your friends together or do you want to encourage people to mingle? Maybe have a compromise and put two groups of friends on one table so they have familiar faces to chat to, but can also meet new people as well.

Be Free

Now, we are not suggesting you do away with the seating plan altogether, after all, we have stressed how important it is, but how about being a bit more relaxed about it. Instead of deciding exactly where everyone will sit on their allocated table, just assign them a table and then let them sit where they like on that particular table. This will give a more relaxed and less ceremonial feel to the reception, and also saves you hours of work wondering whether Great Aunt Elizabeth would rather sit next to your cousin Lisa or your brother’s girlfriend.


Now, some people choose to have kid free weddings, and that is great. But if you choose to have Kids at your wedding, it can be a good idea to distribute them evenly across the tables with their parents. We have seen some weddings where all the kids are placed on one table, but they can tend to get a bit over-excited when this happens, so it can be a lot less fraught to keep them with their parents, for the meal at least. Perhaps think about hiring a candy cart or buffet to keep them entertained in the evening? They can then be rewarded for good behaviour! (If the adults leave them any sweets!)

For more tips on wedding venue dressing, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuesylist.com

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