Styling Inspiration For Your Wedding

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Styling your wedding day is a job not to be taken lightly. It takes an abundance of research, creativity and a keen eye for detail.

Each decision you make from the venue you choose, the colour palette you incorporate and the food you serve your guests will contribute to the overall style of your wedding. Not forgetting extra details such as your tableware, your choice of florals and the beverages you serve your guests, all of which will seamlessly bind each aspect of your wedding together creating a natural flow throughout your big day.

With so many elements to consider it can be difficult to know where to start. So to help you along the way, I am very excited to be sharing styling ideas, top tips and a huge helping of inspiration, all of which will hopefully make styling your wedding a little easier.

Style of wedding

One of the first things you will need to establish is the style of wedding you favour. Will you be hosting an elegant wedding within a grand manor house, a relaxed celebration within a converted barn with a rustic/vintage theme or maybe you favour a bohemian style wedding reception within a tipi. Whichever you choose, making this decision is the first step in styling your wedding day.

Enhance your venues features

Once you know the style of wedding you will be hosting you will then be able to confirm your venue, and once you have chosen your venue you will be able to begin confirming your styling choices.

Taking inspiration from your venue is a great place to start. Look at their website or social media accounts to see their previous weddings. If you have chosen a marquee or tipi reception take a look at the marquee companies website and social media accounts as they will also showcase previous weddings to inspire couples.

If your venue has a feature that you particularly love such as a fireplace or a staircase then consider enhancing this feature. Or, if you have a blank canvas venue such as a marquee then maybe make a feature of the entrance, the bar area or the dance floor.

Colour palette

When choosing your colour palette start by thinking about colours that you both love. Which hues have you used to decorate your home. Do you favour lighter softer shades or are you drawn to darker stronger tones. Which colours have your venue used for their permanent features and can you compliment these with your chosen colour palette.

You should also consider the season in which you are marrying and also bare in mind that your chosen colours will feature in many elements of your wedding day such as your invitations, florals, tableware and any general decoration such as signage, so it should also reflect the style of wedding you are planning.

Floral displays

Whether you choose fresh, dried, faux or a combination of each, it’s highly likely that flowers will play a big part in your wedding day styling. The floral choices you make can quite literally transform your venue and are also a wonderful way to incorporate your colour palette into your big day.

For couples looking to create a visual impact you may wish to consider suspended flower installations, floral arches or a flower meadow lining your aisle. Or if you would prefer to keep things low key consider decorating their venue with groupings of bud vases filled with seasonal blooms.

Also remember you can repurpose your some of your flowers, with many couples using the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets to decorate their cake table, guest book table or bar area once all photographs have been taken, as well as incorporating their ceremony flowers into their wedding breakfast by using the display from the ceremony table to contribute to the florals displayed on their top table.

Table styling

Adding delicate touches to your wedding tables is another great way to incorporate both your colour palette and wedding style into your big day. Choosing tableware that perfectly matches your chosen wedding theme rather than using your caterers standard option, upgrading your table linen, incorporating elegant tapered candles alongside an abundance of tealights and florals which compliment both your venue and style are all perfect ways to add additional styling detail to your wedding day.

Creative lighting

Never underestimate the impact creative lighting will create. Simple additions such as uplighters can perfectly transform your daytime space into the ultimate party area. Fairylights will add a touch of romance, whether this be small garlands perfectly positioned around your venue or a dramatic fairlylight canopy suspended above your dance floor. Festoon lighting is perfect for festival themed weddings and is also a fabulous way to create walkways to guide your guests to their vehicles at the end of the night.

Wedding day signage

Wedding day signage is the ultimate way to both style and personalise your wedding day. Whether this is a welcome sign, your order of the day or quirky quotes scattered around your venue and it’s grounds. Incorporating signage will allow you to keep your guests informed as well as inject an extra layer of styling detail. And as an additional bonus if you have purchased your signage rather than hired it, it also makes for a wonderful keepsake from your big day.

Elegant draping

Draping is often overlooked by couples, but it is an effective way to add elegance and depth to your wedding day styling. It can be used as a back drop behind your top table, or as a sophisticated photo booth. It can be suspended from ceilings and is also a decorative way to section off larger venues, making it a fantastic option for those couples who are intending on hosting an intimate wedding within a larger venue.


Raising in popularity over recent years balloons are a great way to make a huge visual impact as well as injecting a pop of your colour palette to your wedding day. From arches, garlands, ceiling installations to large individual balloons framing your top table. Whichever style you choose balloons make a fun addition to your wedding day styling.

So, there’s my tips and inspiration on all things wedding styling. I do hope that you have found this post helpful and that it has provided you with lots of creative ideas on how to successfully style your wedding day.

If you are seeking advice on other areas of wedding planning, take a look at my blog where you will find a whole host of useful information to help you plan your wedding. If however you are considering working with a wedding planner to assist you with the planning of your big day, then please do get in touch. I offer a range of planning services each created to ensure I am able to work with couples no matter what stage they are at in planning their wedding. I am based in Brentwood, Essex and am able to travel to surrounding areas such as Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, however, I am able to travel a little further afield if required.

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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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