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


Styled to perfection

Styled to perfection

Q. My wife-to-be and I are having a summerthemed wedding and would like to incorporate our theme into the marquee where we're getting married. Do you have any ideas?

A. Beth Stretton says: Ask yourself what summer means to you. Focus on colour, brightness and bringing the outdoors inside. My favourite way of doing this is through summer-themed accessories. Look for patterned table runners, these are something you rarely see, but are impactful and easy to make.

- Colourful ceiling lanterns are also a great idea. My brother had an August wedding at which we hung lots of colourful round lanterns over the dancefloor to create a bright, carnival feel.

- Use pot plants instead of cut flowers. Late spring and early summer events can often benefit from the number of quality pot-plants available. At my wedding, I used pot plants for the tables and gave some away to friends and family and kept others for our garden. These also make a lovely table plan. Use one of our display ladders to place a different plant for each table with a list of those sitting at each.

- Pretty colours are key to creating a summer-themed look. We find a higher demand for pale pink charger plates this time of year while winter is all about silvers and golds.

- Add a splash of colour to a more traditional table-scape with coloured water glasses.

- Outdoor props such as sofas, outdoor benches, carpets and tall lamps can be rented to add an outside feel to your marquee.

Beth Stretton,Megan and Claude


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