FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire & Merseyside 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@yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding

 

Rustic chic

Rustic chic

Q. What floral centrepieces would best suit our rustic-themed wedding?

A. Gemma Wakerley says: For a rustic-themed wedding the go-to floral table centrepieces are jars of flowers placed atop log slices. This is a really versatile option that can easily be customised to complement your wedding's colour palette. However, sometimes less if more and another option could be floating candles surrounded by greenery and minimal flowers. The pictured example features eucalyptus and a few roses – the smell was divine!

Gemma Wakerley,Booker Flowers & Gifts
www.bookerflowersandgifts.co.uk

 

A blank canvas

A blank canvas

Q. Hiring a marquee seemed like a good idea, but now we're feeling overwhelmed by the vast blank space to fill. Where do we start?

A. Amanda Nelson says: Don't worry – part of the reason you booked the marquee was because you loved the space. You don't need to fill every part of it. Think about the different elements of your wedding: where are the key areas and how do you want to use them? Making a feature of your top table or sweetheart table by adding a backdrop or arch can give a focal point to the room. Adding dressings such as flowers and lights to some of the marquee's features such as poles or wires can also help to create the look you want, while breaking down the space and softening the structure.

Amanda Nelson,Wachadoin Events
www.wachadoin.events

 

Seasonal style

Seasonal style

Q. What are your suggestions for styling a wintry wedding celebration?

A. Amanda Nelson says: Winter brings a wonderful opportunity to add rich, warm colours and tones to your wedding dressings. Be it the rich reds we associate with the festive season, dark sumptuous blues and greens to give a luxurious feel, or crisp winter whites to reflect the scenery around us. 

Accentuating the base palette with metallic golds and coppers can build structure, but will also add warmth and opulence to the look, while beautiful winter foliage can soften the dressings to create a wonderful, welcoming setting. 

Whether your styling is grand or intimate, small details such as berries, pine cones and foliage in silvery tones can add to the wintry feel, while the use of candles and fairylights will reflect the magical sparkle this season brings.  

Amanda Nelson,Wachadoin Events
www.wachadoin.events

 

Festive fun

Festive fun

Q. How can we bring some seasonal spirit to our Christmas wedding?

A. Zoe Maconnall says: Two of the most exciting times combined – your wedding day and Christmas. Think of the bright lights, the colours, the snow, and the sweets. So how can you bring seasonal spirit to you wedding? That's just it… with sweets!

Sweet carts can usually be themed to suit your wedding, ours certainly can, and what a fantastic theme Christmas is, let's be honest it doesn't get much better. Some couples prefer to stick to traditional colours of red, white and green, whereas others like the more modern approach with silver and black.

Then there's the sweet choice, number one on the list has to be candy canes, a fantastic symbol of Christmas, but lets not stop there. Do you or your intended have a favourite sweet or chocolate that reminds you of the festive period? Then why not include that too?

Zoe Maconnall
www.theaddedextra.co.uk

 

It's Chriiistmas

It's Chriiistmas

Q. Our wedding will have a Christmas theme and we're keen to incorporate some festive music, but are worried about being too cheesy. What can you suggest?

A. Andrea Lamballe says: To avoid cheesy Christmas wedding music it's best to have live music played by good quality musicians who know what arrangements sound great and which don't. As a pianist I'd arrange all of the Christmas tunes I play personally, that way I can be sure it doesn't sound corny. I'd also suggest going online, googling wedding musicians and then checking out their websites. Contact maybe three and ask if they can provide some Christmas music examples. Pianists, string quartets, harpists, cellists and violinists have usually had excellent training on their instruments, naturally producing high quality music. The best way is to listen to a few different people and if you're not musical ask a family member or friend who is to help you if you're struggling. Also, visit some wedding fairs and talk to the musicians. Ask them to play some snippets of their Christmas repertoire there and then to give you an indication of their style.

Andrea Lamballe
andrealamballe.co.uk