How to transform a huge blank space into something that’s fit for a wedding or a “WOW” event? It’s something that I come across so many times and fills people with dread as to where to start.
Firstly, don’t panic! Below are some of my tips for dealing with that blank canvas.
1. Break up the space– try and visualise different pockets of activity throughout the space. For example; there could be a chill out lounge in one space (try my hay bale lounge look), a catering area, a dance floor & space for the band. Before you know it, the space will no longer feel that daunting. Use foliage and trees to provide a natural divide between these spaces.
So now we’re right in the middle of a cold and wet December and I’m going to take you back to a gorgeously warm day back in July for the lovely Jen and Derek’s rustic barn wedding. When I found out they were having their wedding reception for 250 in the HUGE barn at Court Farm in Banwell I must admit I thought they might have bitten off more than they can chew.
The barn is….well an old cattle barn. Actually, not even old with oak wooden beams and creaky wooden door that we’re usually accustomed to. Just 80 ft by 60 ft of concrete and corrugated roofing. How on earth can this be transformed into a beautiful space for a wedding?!
So, it’s been a tough few weeks with my pops sadly passing away. I take huge comfort though in the fact that Spring is here, some warmth, sunshine and on the farm means you see new life appear up close and that just makes me happy again. Being in the wedding business, like my late father was, means you’re surrounded by joy and positivity. It keeps you going and focuses you on savouring the great things life has to offer; sharing good feelings, love and health. So this leads me onto an exciting eco wedding I am working on this Spring.
The couple are super eco-conscious and wanted me to design a wedding that incorporates their personal tastes with a down to earth, outdoor and rustic vibe (they are to be married outdoors in a humanist ceremony) with a splash of evening glamour. Easy! Well I love a challenge…
As a wedding stylist I like to learn about the couple and find out their story. How they met, what makes them tick, the proposal. Anything that helps me build a picture about them and makes their story unique. Because every story is unique! I suggest they put together a pinterest board- but not to go too crazy – just a max of 20 images is perfect to give me an idea of what you love. In this case, the groom had a nickname for his bride; a bumblebee in Welsh. So cute. So we went along with a honeycomb stamp on recycled luggage tags for the wedding invites. The luggage tags didn’t need envelopes as the address could be written on the underside so savings to be made in terms of paper use. I’m not keen on themes for weddings per se but I do like to tie in elements to a wedding so we will be featuring our new honeycomb shelves that will serve as a backdrop for the bar and a honeycomb shaped table plan sat on one of Blue Wren’s rustic easels.
The couple have chosen a beautiful marquee that was handmade in the nearby Forest of Dean by local craftsmen. This also reduced the carbon footprint of having to have a huge structure delivered across the country.
Bridesmaids are younger nieces and to be in white boho style lace gowns and brown boots. CUTE! As a wedding stylist, I also advise and mock up the table setting. The bride was keen on a natural look so we’re using our upcycled pallet trestle tables (for hire now, to be featured on the website shortly!) which have a gorgeous natural grain. Terraccotta pots with white candles in abundance and splashes of yellow spring colour provided by craspedia stems in Blue Wren’s medicine bottles for hire. I love natural foliage garlands or runners along the table so these would be entwined with the terracotta pots to create a beautiful natural look for the table. Place names will be stamped onto rustic brown paper and slotted into the serviettes tied gently with some rustic string.
I’m looking forward to sharing the results of this wedding in a few weeks time. Praying it’ll be a gorgeous day for the couple as we’re also setting up a few of our wedding hay bale lounges around the garden and possibly inside the marquee.
I do hope the sun shines down on them. xxx