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How to Decorate your Wedding Reception Tables

Some girls dream about their wedding their whole lives, growing up knowing exactly what dress they want, where they want the reception to be, and have every single detail nailed – right down to the type of wedding chair covers they want. Some girls don’t though. If you’re in the second group and have no idea where to start, then you have come to the right place.  In this article, we are going to share some tips for decorating your wedding reception and hopefully inspire you with some stunning table decoration ideas.

When styling a wedding reception, there is a huge range of options to choose from to help you to achieve your preferred look. If you are really stuck for inspiration why not take a look through our ‘Venues & Galleries’ photos.

When you have chosen your preferred theme, and are thinking about how to decorate your tables, then keep this checklist in mind:

Table Size and Shape

A quick look at any furniture store website will show you that tables come in various shapes and sizes – however, wedding venue tables tend to be standardised. Round tables are popular at the moment, but if you have a large group of guests, you may want to opt for long rectangular tables instead. You should also consider the shape of the room if you have an option on tables – round tables are best for more uneven shaped rooms while long tables work better in a narrow room.

Table Linen

You may be lucky enough to get access to tables that are so beautiful that you want to show off their style. For example, a Manor House type venue may have heavy wooden tables that are just too gorgeous to hide away under tablecloths.

However, we know from experience that these occasions are few and far between but whether your tables are round, square or rectangular, we have the tablecloths, overlays, runners and napkins you need to make them stand out from the crowd.

Chair Covers

Sometimes brides have been disappointed in the style of chairs that their reception has offered them, feeling that they will bring down the look of their reception. This has led to the rise in the popularity of chair covers which can help to dress your room, fitting in with your theme whether it is classic and elegant or a bolder look.

Place Settings

Once you have decided on your table linen style, you then need to consider you place settings. This is the glasses, cutlery, and crockery that you want your venue to use when serving your guests. You may not have a choice of course, as many venues nowadays just have one set and that is what you are stuck with – but if you are lucky enough to be offered a choice, then you should go with the one that fits your chosen theme – be it formal or informal. Of course, you may want to do without a place setting if you are having a cocktail reception.


There are a broad range of wedding centrepieces available from bird cages, lanterns, votives, and ostrich feathers – or you may want a mix of all of these. There are so many beautiful things to choose from it can be hard to narrow it down, so just try and stick with things that match your chosen theme and also think about your guests when they are sat eating their meal – you don’t want to block their view of the rest of the people at the table.

Place Cards & Table Numbers

Having a formal table plan makes it easier for the waiting staff at your reception venue to deliver specific meals to specific people – for example if you have guests who want vegetarian or gluten free meals. You can have subtle table numbers, place cards and menu cards or you can use them to help you make a statement.

For more wedding decoration ideas or to discuss what we can do for you, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mob), or by email on 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.

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