Expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Love me like you do

Love me like you do

Q. We're getting married in a few months, and we've left most of the planning until last minute! I'm panicking about how to decorate our venue and finding trustworthy suppliers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Zoë Binning says: First of all, don't panic! Planning your wedding, however short the timescale, is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Relax and follow these simple steps to create a fabulous backdrop for your big day.

- When styling your venue, it's important you include lighting, flowers, table linen and chairs.

- Once you've taken care of the essentials, you can begin looking at coloured glassware, cutlery, and crockery.

- Try to create an impact with carefully chosen items. You don't need lots of decorations, just a few effective pieces. It doesn't matter how much you love something – if it doesn't tie in with your theme, don't use it!

- When selecting your suppliers, always go by recommendation. Never go with the first company you find. And make sure you do your research, even if time is short. Remember, you get what you pay for! If one business is considerably cheaper than all the others, you need to ask why.

- Enjoy the process and create something fabulous, beautiful and downright awesome!

Zoë Binning


Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Q. We're tying the knot on Valentine's Day in a lovely barn, but we're not sure how to decorate the space. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Claire Burns says: Valentine's Day is the perfect time of year to get married. In order to incorporate your theme, your venue should look romantic and effortlessly stylish.

- Dangle fairylights from the ceiling, wrap them around the beams or simply drape them from the sides into the centre.
- Red is perfect for your theme. Try to incorporate it where possible.
- Create your own cocktail and give it a quirky name.
- For your table plan, choose a willow tree and adorn it with silk ribbons that have scented rose heads.
- Use lots of foliage, scented candles and tea lights.

Claire Burns


Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Q. We're getting married this Christmas and want to decorate our venue with festive elements without going overboard. Do you have any suggestions of how we can incorporate our theme into our big day?

A. Katrina Rohman says: Here are my top tips:

Opt for icy blues or berry reds. These will add a touch of wintry romance to your décor.

The majority of venues will set up their festive decorations in November. When you talk to your wedding coordinator, ask whether they put the same decorations up every year or if they have a particular theme in mind. You can then use the venue's colour scheme as inspiration.

Incorporate baubles into your décor. These can be used in your bouquet, centrepieces or even as name-holders.

If you want to stick to a more low key woodland theme, then think of natural elements. If you're creative, you could collect pinecones and incorporate them into your centrepieces. Alternatively, speak to your florist about using ivy, holly or mistletoe.

Don't forget to tie in the season to other aspects of your day. Consider serving mulled wine or cider for the drinks reception or setting up a hot chocolate station.

Katrina Rohman

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