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Q. What are the latest trends in wedding venue styling?
A. Sally Gallis says: The pandemic made us all re-evaluate weddings. Couples are now more conscious of how precious shared time with family and friends is. To this end, 2022 celebrations are likely to be more personal, creative and fun, using statement colour palettes, thoughtful décor, bold style and unique entertainment.
There'll be an increased focus on the environment and nature, with more outdoor weddings or venue dressing bringing the outside in. Florals will either be huge floor-to-ceiling installations or run along the full-length of the tables and be more waste mindful. With the focus on sustainability, rented flowers and leafy plants in terracotta pots are likely to be huge.
In terms of colour there'll be something for everyone. The traditional pastel pinks and whites will be replaced with earthy, natural hues – think soft pinks, coffee, honey, caramels and ivories with a touch of rust or amber for those wanting something warmer. Couples will be embracing non-traditional palettes too.
Media and fashion trends always influence décor and design, so I expect to see the obsession with the Regency era (thanks to Netflix's Bridgerton) find its way into weddings. Whether this be through pastel colour palettes featuring soft blues, stationery details and signage in calligraphy; or floral arrangements of roses and trailing wisteria, with dining details using vintage china.
Sally Gallis, Luna and the Lane
Celebrate the season
Q. We want to make our ceremony and big-day as a whole a celebration of autumn. Do you have any ideas on what we could do and include to carry this off?
A. Merie Brown says: When I think of autumn weddings, I think crisp, clear days with dark sparkling nights, pine cones, vibrant leaves, rustic logs and tree stumps. Outdoor ceremonies almost feel like a must!
Themed weddings spring to mind including apple bobbing, Halloween, Harry Potter or pumpkins and chestnuts with palette accents of orange, copper or gold if you want to go all out. Autumn is a romantic and atmospheric time of year to get married, as the warm colour schemes add a natural earthy feel to proceedings.
Choose seasonal wedding flowers such as foxgloves, antique roses, dried ferns and eucalyptus. These all look amazing with muted peach and brown tones, perhaps even consider an artificial bouquet in rich hues reflecting the season. If you love the idea of a confetti throw, use fresh crisp leaves crushed into clear jars that can hold candles afterwards to light your venue's outdoor spaces when the sun goes down.
The autumn months allow you to be adventurous with your food options and be sure to use quality local produce. What could be more inviting on a crisp afternoon than a bowl of fresh homemade soup to start your wedding breakfast? Finish with hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows to take outside as you gaze at the stars. Magic and sparkles: I just love autumn weddings!
Merie Brown, Orange Rose Ceremonies
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
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
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