FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex 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 editor@your-sussex.wedding


Open-air ambience

Open-air ambience

Q. We'd like to celebrate the beauty of the county with an outdoor wedding. What do we need to consider to ensure our day has the best atmosphere?

A. Sally Gallis says: Outdoor weddings are wonderful, whether you're having a large-scale marquee celebration or, as a lot of couples are opting for now, a simple garden event surrounded by nearest and dearest. Whatever you're planning, you need to consider both the atmosphere and design of the day to ensure your guests feel comfortable and entertained. I always think about the flow of the event first and foremost. There will be times when you want your guests to feel relaxed, able to connect and chat, and then others when they need to be entertained and having fun. Your overall design as well as props and furniture can really aid in achieving this.

Having a chilled out and neutral colour palette can lend an air of romance with a serene atmosphere. Your décor can reflect your surroundings, so perhaps keep it light and add elements of the setting in the form of natural materials, features and florals. Alternatively, create an energised party atmosphere with colourful furniture and props with a wow factor that provide a talking point for guests.

Sally Gallis, Luna And The Lane


Grand designs

Grand designs

Q. We're trying the knot at a stately home venue, and it's already quite heavily embellished. How can we style it tastefully for our wedding day?

A. Amanda Samain says: Stately homes are timeless and classic for your nuptials. We suggest being clean, clear and classic in your styling, which will balance the embellished décor. You can't go wrong with whites and greenery, candlelight and fairylights, and if the ceilings are high, why not opt for some tall, elegant table centres? You can even mix and match, between high and low centrepieces, which we love. This gives a lovely look to wedding receptions, with added depth. Classic candelabra always go down well too, and can be dressed up with florals, crystals and pearls.

Amanda Samain, Hire Your Day


Springtime style

Springtime style

Q. How can we incorporate the best of spring in our venue styling?

A. Sally Gallis says: Spring for me is all about colour. You might wish to incorporate fresh pastels, such as baby pinks, dusky blues and delicate yellows, or turn up the volume using jewel tones, and zingy pops of red, zesty lemon, magenta, and deep purple.

The warmer weather and longer days mean you can bring the outside in, or take yourselves out! Open-air seating areas are still a lovely idea, and I've seen some amazing budget-friendly chill-out spaces, which allow you to stay outside for the stunning golden hour.

Scent is so important and spring brings it in abundance. Your venue would smell beautifully fresh with the aroma of daffodils, hyacinth, lavender, tulips and peonies in rustic planters, and will inject a burst of colour, which you can extend to other decorative elements.

Sally Gallis, Events by Design