Your wedding should reflect your style, whatever that may be. This should come out in your décor, your overall theme, and your choice of venue. We’ve hosted a significant number of weddings in our three decades of existence as Clarence House, and today we bring you our insider tips on where and how to get the best bang for your wedding styling budget.
1. Choose a Suitable Venue
Your venue sets the tone for the rest of your wedding. A good venue reduces the need for too much décor. A venue with stunning scenery, walls, chandeliers and rooms don’t need to be excessively decorated – allowing you to spend those décor dollars on other more important things such as hiring quality linen. And speaking of linen…
2. Hire Quality Table Line
There is nothing like good old fashioned quality table linen. Explore your linen options, and choose colours that complement and suit your overall wedding theme. Are you going for a rustic theme or a romantic theme? You might want to take a look at choosing colours that highlight and support your theme.
3. Ensure You Have the Right Type of Lighting
Lighting is significant because it helps to set the ambience of a place. Appropriate lighting is needed to ensure that any photographs taken indoors will come out looking good. There are different kinds of lighting available, and each one plays a different role. Ambient or general lighting is needful as it allows you to see what’s in the room and comes in the form of chandeliers and ceiling lamps.
Accent lighting is designed to focus people’s attention to a particular focal point in the room. If you want your guests to focus on something important, say the statement cake you’ve ordered, your dance floor, or indeed anything else, you might want to ask your venue if they provide these accent lights.
4. Fake It Where You Can’t Make It!
If you’re on a tight budget, this tip just might help you breathe a little. We all know that wedding flowers can be expensive right? Well, what if we told you that there are ways to incorporate artificial flowers in your flower arrangements that will save you a fortune. Yes, get an expert florist who can craft stunning flower walls that combine real flowers and artificial ones. You can have these integrated flower arrangements in areas with low lighting or out-of-the-way places like stairwells to avoid guests noticing.
5. Splurge on Your Cutlery and Crockery
A good wedding venue, quality linen, and crockery will win you bonus points, even if your décor is minimalist. This is one of our top tips when deciding where to spend your styling dollars. You don’t want guests eating good food out of cheap glassware, cutlery, and crockery do you? So this means your high table, and all respective guest tables should feature good cutlery and crockery. Trust us with this one, you’ll thank us later.
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