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A Wedding Decoration Hire Companies Guide to Wedding Planning

If our years of providing wedding decoration hire services have taught us anything, it’s that many couples find they have to deal with unexpected issues that arise while they are planning their wedding. However large these problems seem though don’t panic, there are professionals on hand who have seen it all before and can troubleshoot the most common problems quickly – and so in the spirit of saving you as much stress as possible we have rounded up some great tips that may help:

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Find Trustworthy Suppliers

Being let down at the last minute by your photographer or wedding decoration hire company can be a nightmare, but it can be quite difficult to ensure this doesn’t happen. It is easy enough to find lists of suppliers online, but once you have found one you like the look of, what should your next step be?

Well, the first thing you should do is take a look at their website to see how it makes you feel and whether it is professional looking or not. Do they feature images of real weddings they have worked on in the past, and is their work featured in any magazines or blogs?

If you like what you see then get in touch with the supplier and ask them any questions you have, and see if they will give you references from brides they have worked with in the past. Good suppliers will go out of their way to allay your fears and help you in any way they can. Don’t discount suppliers who are new though, as everyone has to start somewhere, and their price will probably reflect their lack of experience.

Stick To Your Budget

The first step of planning should always be to have a well-written budget

– the more detailed it is, the easier it should be to stick to.  The key things to consider when you are writing your budget are:

Set a max figure (and then take away 5% to keep as a contingency)

Break down your budget into categories e.g. flowers, then sub-categories e.g. bouquets, table decorations. The more detailed you are, the more accurate your budget will be.

Set your top three priorities, e.g., photography, a band and free drinks for guests. Take your time over this as it will affect your entire wedding planning – once you have decided on these three items, then you can work the rest of the budget around them.

If you do end up going over budget, then dig our your list and remind yourself of your top three priorities in order to get yourself back on track and decided in which areas you can reduce your budget. We try and help in this regard by offering various packages that can be adjusted to any numbers.

Make Sure Your Guest List Size Matches Your Venue Size

The last thing you want is to find your dream venue and then realise it won’t hold all the people you want to invite. This is where you need to get really tough and have an A list and B list – the A list is the people who must be there, and the B list is the people who are not on the A-list! This sounds difficult to do, but just think about:

Do you need to invite people you have never met, i.e. plus ones?

Can you move people from all day guests to just evening guests?

Do you want to invite children or not?

Don’t forget as well there will no doubt be some people who RSVP to say they cannot make it, so you will be able to shift some people from the B list to the A list. On this note, make sure you keep a few blank invitations to hand.

Hopefully, though you won’t face any of these issues. We can at least ensure that you have no problems with your wedding decoration hire, so please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 or send us an email to hello@thevenuestylist.com for more information.

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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.



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.

Ceremony Aisle Decoration: Say Your Vows in Style

One of the defining moments of a wedding is when the bride makes her entrance and walks down the aisle. The bride will no doubt be looking her best, dressed in a stunning wedding dress with a sweeping veil and glowing with the excitement of this special day. This is an iconic moment for your wedding photographer to capture, so you want to make sure that everything is perfect. This is where our wedding aisle styling comes in! As a company specialising in wedding venue dressing, we create truly beautiful wedding décor to match any theme or style. With us, you can create picture perfect wedding decorations that will take your breath away.

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There is so much more to aisle dressing than just choosing a runner and some flowers. We offer a fantastic range of decorations, such as scatter petals, lanterns, candelabras, blossom trees and floral arrangements, to make your marriage decoration elegant, memorable and one of a kind. With The Venue Stylist, we will guide you through the whole process, using our expert knowledge to advise you on colours, textures and fabrics that compliment each other and will help you to achieve your desired look.

Aisle Runners

Choosing an aisle runner is an important decision, as it will form the focal point of your wedding ceremony décor. We supply a range of luxurious aisle runners available in numerous colours; use our coloured aisle runners to create showstopping décor for a themed wedding, or use our subtler neutral coloured aisle runners, for a more understated and traditional look.

To match your aisle runner and create some consistency in your wedding venue dressing, why not use chair covers to highlight certain patterns and colours? Wedding chair covers are an easy and highly effective way to vamp up dull-looking chairs. Adding sashes in rich golds or silvers can really give your venue a feeling of luxuriousness and grandeur.


When it comes to wedding decoration, the beauty is in the details. It’s the subtle touches that will transform your venue into your dream wedding setting. With this in mind, why not give your venue some ambience by decorating the aisle with lanterns and candelabras? By doing this, you can create beautiful lighting for your photographer. Mood lighting is also a great way to set the tone of a room and change the look or feel of a space.


For small touches with big impact, take a look at our stunning bay trees and pillars to dress your wedding aisle. These are very on-trend after Prince William and Kate Middleton lined the aisle of Westminster Abbey with luscious green trees which complimented the gothic architecture and rich red aisle runner. Wow your guests by walking through an avenue of trees and say your vows in style!

For more information on our professional wedding venue dressing services, including chair cover hire and table centerpiece hire, please get in touch today by calling 0800 830 3000 or email us at hello@thevenuestylist.com.