Choosing a decorating theme for your wedding is tough enough, but sticking to it is another battle altogether, says Bride to Be’s magazine editor, Sarah Gawthorne. Here’s how...
I’ve mentioned it a million times before, but there is always excitement in the Bride to Be office on a Friday after last night’s Four Weddings viewing. One of the people who gets most animated talking about the show is our style editor (and person responsible for bringing all of our gorgeous reception theming and DIY pages to life), Magdalene Liacopoulos.
So, I’ve handed over the reins to Magda this episode, after a few hits (Danielle’s beautiful Kangaroo Valley ceremony location) and misses (pantless men on the dance floor) in last night’s show, and asked her to give her top five golden rules for wedding styling:
1. WORK WITH WHAT YOU GOT
“It’s great to have a specific theme but not at the detriment of your surroundings. If your venue has a predominantly beachside feel but you love horses then it makes sense to work with the seaside angle rather than go all equestrian. It is okay to surrender a few ideas if it means that the end result will work better as a whole.”
2. COLOUR SCHEME
“Keep to a maximum of three colours in your scheme (there can be varying shades of the one colour). Placing a limit eliminates the risk of getting overwhelmed as well as getting it completely wrong.”
3. KEEP IT FRESH
“You can never go wrong with fresh flowers. They are a fail-safe when it comes to styling. However, if your budget doesn’t allow for them then don’t attempt fake flower. It’s best to go with a different approach altogether… and there are plenty of great alternatives! IKEA has some very affordable candle holder options or paper decorations can be just as visual and bring that burst of colour. Think garlands, lanterns or tissue poms.”
4. LESS IS MORE
“Having a point of difference is one thing and trying to do it all is another. There is such a thing as overkill, so stick to one or two original ideas that are done well.”
5. KEEP SMILING
“If something doesn’t go according to plan the perfect host and hostess always keep their cool. No one likes a sour looking bride, no matter how perfect the styling. And at the end of the day, that’s where the eyes will really be focused… on you!”