FAQs and expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset 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@yourhampshiredorset.wedding


All in the detail

All in the detail

Q. We want to make the most of our country venue for our summer wedding including the outdoor areas, weather permitting. What would you suggest?

A. Clare and Matt says: Clare and Matt say:

- Lighting is often overlooked but can be one of the most cost-effective ways to transform a venue. You can create a lasting magical impression indoors and out with everything from twinkling fairylights to a starlit LED dancefloor to add to the party atmosphere. Get really creative with decorative and different colour bulbs and with the summer months ahead, take the party outside with festoon lighting and exterior uplighting. 

- Don't forget details like the seating to complement the look and feel of your day. Chiavari chairs are a popular option, they provide an elegant alternative to chair covers and can be dressed to match your theme.

- Drapery is great for a multitude of tasks; it can enhance a host of different spaces, create a focal point, frame the top table or even disguise any unwanted features. Our bespoke ceiling drapery and starlight backdrops are ideal for extra wow factor while adding elegance and finesse to your big day.

- Extra touches like a ceremony arch, white carpet aisle runner, decorative lanterns, blossom and bay trees can make all the difference too.

Clare and Matt,Luminique Events Ltd


2020 Vision

2020 Vision

Q. What are the key features likely to be for weddings next year?

A. Ruth Mundy says: Ruth says: Wedding trends may come and go but the most important thing to remember is it should always be about the love between you and your other half – something that's always in fashion!

Some of the main influences I think are likely to continue to go from strength to strength include:

- Many venues are incorporating vegan and free-from menus into their wedding offering, thanks to the increased call for plant-based options. With more food stations and less formal eating arrangements, whether your guests are vegan, gluten-free, or just picky, allowing them to choose their own starter, main and dessert enhances their enjoyment.

- With the semi-naked cake remaining a firm favourite, there's likely to be more of a focus on flavours in 2020. Veering away from the traditional fruit cake and Victoria sponge tiers, we're seeing a variety of delicately flavoured layers such as elderflower and lemon, lemon and lavender, and even gin-infused sponge! Carrot cake is also making a comeback!

- Flowers are not just for bouquets and buttonholes; couples are working with their florists to create showstopping floral installations. Edible flowers are even bringing a touch of style to cocktails and fine dining too.

- Our furry friends are part of the family, so it's only natural that going into 2020 and 2021 we'll see more dogs than ever at weddings. This will create demand for more services for boarding your fur baby the night before the big day, with a full groom, bow ties and ribbons to match your colour scheme as well as delivering and chaperoning them at the wedding, allowing you to relax knowing your pampered pooch is well looked after.

- Weddings are becoming an extended celebration with many couples arranging a rehearsal dinner the evening before. This traditionally American idea allows friends and family who are travelling to arrive and relax and meet your other guests enjoying a sociable warm up to the day.

Ruth Mundy


Finger on the pulse

Finger on the pulse

Q. We're just starting to put together a moodboard of ideas for our 2020 wedding and want to make sure we're up to date with all the latest inspiration. What would you advise?

A. Kirsty Bull says: Kirsty says: My top trend predictions for weddings in the year ahead are:

- Textures are becoming increasingly important including gauze, silk, chiffon, velvet and organic cotton; perfect for decorative items such as table runners, napkins and draping. To complement these materials; acrylic, vellum, wood and copper piping look great used for table numbers, place cards, table plans and backdrops.

- While green, white and gold remain popular; nude and cappuccino tones are creeping in to maintain a neutral base along with hints of dusky blue and grey tones. Wild and dried flowers are very on trend as well as deep, rich colours combined with pastel and muted shades to create depth and contrast. Coloured candles are the perfect way to also add hints of your colour scheme and metallics are still strong, particularly foiled stationery.

- Hexagons, circles and diamonds are ideal for a modern look. They can be included in your stationery and by using decorative items such as terrariums and moon gates. With long, banquet tables becoming more and more popular, tablescapes need intrigue and using different shapes, heights, textures and colour is a great way to achieve this. Mismatched items, coloured cutlery and glassware and unusual charger plates are ideal for creating the perfect table setting. Candlelight is still key for creating atmosphere and classic candlesticks are good for adding height combined with different tea light holders, either clear glass or in your chosen colour.

- Sustainability is another important consideration for your wedding day. You can do your bit by having stationery made from recycled materials, hiring items instead of buying them for a one-off use. Donating your wedding flowers afterwards to hospices, care homes and charities or gifting them to your guests are great ideas too.

Kirsty Bull