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Q. How can we style our wedding with personalised items? Should this be reflected in our chosen theme?
A. Tricia Prince says: There are many different wedding themes that you could pick as a couple and have subtle personalised items added in. One example is to choose your favourite flowers and have them styled in mix-match vessels that you have collected together. These look effective on both long and round tables.
Another idea for flowers is choosing your favourite faux blooms and styling them around lots of areas in your venue, – for example, creating an elegant archway or frame for your cake. You could even have a matching cake pedestal for some added wow factor.
Consider mixing various pieces of furniture together in your chosen theme. You could go for a vintage look, with your favourite cushions or throws scattered around. You could also create a chillout zone for your guests that could surround a gin bar or a retro drinks stand featuring all of your favourite beverages.
Pick a personalised prop and make it a feature on its own table. For example, if your theme is woodland, a rustic postbox will encourage your guests to send you personalised messages and cards.
Style me pretty
Q. I keep seeing the word “styling” in terms of wedding décor on Pinterest and on various websites and blogs. I'm not quite sure what it means or how I incorporate it into my day. Isn't it just the décor side of planning?
A. Alexandra Clarke and Jill Davies says: We get asked this question a lot. For most couples who organised their own weddings, they “styled” them without even thinking about it as they went through the planning process. It's important to separate the two, though. Styling differs from planning because the latter is largely concerned about the schedule, transport, suppliers and other logistics. Styling concentrates solely on the aesthetics and overall design of the day.
Some people, when they talk about styling, use the term “theme”. However, we think this makes couples think they need to have a dramatic theme – for example, A Midsummer Night's Dream or vintage theme. We prefer to talk about the “style” of wedding that you want to achieve, which may incorporate several elements such as laid-back, romantic and fun. You can then use those key terms to put together images to create a moodboard that will influence your styling choices (Pinterest is always great for this).
In terms of colour, styling can broaden the spectrum for your day. Often, couples will like a colour but don't expand on it. Styling takes your core colour and evolves it in to a palette of shades and tones to complement and contrast (there are lots of great palette creators online that are free to use).
Having this collection of images and a palette to refer back to continually is so important when deciding on your linens, centrepieces, lighting, flowers and other elements because it will help you tie everything together.
We have two main pieces of advice when it comes to styling. First, it doesn't have to mean a high-maintenance day. You can style a relaxed and informal elopement just as well as a lavish and grand wedding. It's all about what you both want and tying those ideas and dreams together. Second, if it all seems too much for you to get your head around, then hire someone to help you turn your Pinterest page into reality. Until a few years ago, wedding styling was something only heard of in celebrity or lavish weddings. You'll be surprised how accessible having a wedding stylist has become and how it will give your day the wow factor.
Alexandra Clarke and Jill Davies
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