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How to dress your venue and give it the WOW! factor

You’ve found your perfect wedding space. Hooray, that’s the important part sorted – have a sneaky glass from the reception bubbly stash and feel very pleased that your wedding has a home. Now comes the fun – dressing it…

It’s a very theatrical experience, dressing a wedding venue. It’s about adding props, lighting, and background colours to transform a room. Even the most stunning venue is rather anonymous at first glance, and this is your chance to turn it into somewhere personal and special. At the risk of sounding like an X Factor judge, you make it your own.

It’s all great fun – and can also be simple. Here are our tips for adding character to your wedding venue.


Colour match

Often one of the first things a couple will consider when thinking about their over all wedding ‘look’ is colour.  Most weddings will tend to have a colour scheme, from shimmering champagnes to hot pinks, and all shades in between. A focus colour can form a great starting point when it comes to venue dressing, and if you’re on a modest budget, concentrating on this gives you a great finish without breaking the bank.


Light it up

Often an element that’s over-looked or not thought about enough is lighting.  Lighting can make a HUGE difference to your wedding.  From clusters of storm lanterns to soft fairy lights, every do needs a lighting scheme. Twinkling lights look amazing on old beams or trees, or if you’re stuck with a dull ceiling, add a strings of festoon lights. Candles in elegant vintage candlesticks look stunning on long tables.  Why not really go for it after dark with a Saturday Night Fever style flashing dance floor!

If you’re using the same venue for all elements of your day, you can change the mood at different times using lighting. Have a few gentle lanterns for the vows, candles on the tables for the reception, then bring out that Strictly style glitterball for the dancing.

If you’re looking to transform a blank canvas space, check out the styling, draping and lighting from Not The Average I Do who can turn anywhere into your dream venue.  Whether you’re having an old cow shed, the village hall or an uber glam space, these guys can really help you make it your own and bring it to life.  The team is based in the South East, and will deliver across the UK.


Prop up your wedding

No matter what your style choice, prop hire is a great way to inject some personality.  Whether you’re looking for velvet sofas for your chill out area, antique candlesticks, or an on-trend barrel bar with all the trimmings, prop hire can really bring elements of your wedding to life.  There are more and more springing up around the country and if you find one you love but they don’t have a particular item you’re searching for, always ask them if they can source it or make it for you.  You might be surprised!


Spell it out

The trend for light up letters has been around a while, but they never fail to look awesome.  Whether your tastes run to neon or luxury light up letters, check out Doris Loves, the Surrey-based event hire company that couriers to anywhere in the UK.  Doris Loves has over 130 letters in stock so no matter what you want to spell out, Dorris can help.



Find your own style

From furniture to lighting, our suppliers have all your venue dressing needs covered. We even know lovely, helpful teams that will take the décor role completely off your hands. Please always check that your venue is happy with your ideas – then go ahead and be inspired!


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