Do's and Don'ts to Style a Wedding

Follow these top tips from Tara Dennis to add unique style to your wedding.

1. Make it yours with ‘handmade’ touches for a unique celebration.  Crafting allows you to get involved and include beautiful, considered details and fun elements which all add to the party atmosphere.

Bunting, garlands and tissue paper pom poms are some of my favourite ways to add instant life to a room and are all easy to make.  Photo booth backdrops are always a hit and on a smaller scale a decorated picture frame is a cute idea to hand around for guest photos.

Recent wedding trends have centred a lot around typography - that is, the art of written words. Whether it be calligraphy or a handwritten sign, typography is everywhere. It’s a really nice way to demonstrate the style of your wedding right from the word go with save the dates, invitations, and finally place cards, and signs on the big day.

Get your friends involved and organize a ‘crafternoon’ or, if time is short and you still want the handmade look, shop online at fabulous sites such as Etsy. 

2. For the true romantic, don’t be afraid to mix it up.  Heirloom tableware from Nanna such a vintage floral plates, condiment sets, pressed and cut glass and old fashioned cakes stands can look stunning paired with modern pieces. For this look, avoid overdone floral bouquets and opt for small, simple arrangements in anything from tea cups to jam jars.  Places to shop for vintage include op shops, garage sales and Gumtree.

3. Keep it simple. If fuss is not your thing, take inspiration for your wedding décor from Scandinavian style which focuses on clean lines, classic materials, plenty of white and pops of colour. I’m loving this seasons Scandi pastel palette which includes sherbet yellow, mint green, powder blue, soft coral and blush pink.

4. Shiny metallic accents add glamour and style to any wedding celebration and silver and pewter have always been popular.  This year thought they’re being given a run for their money by warmer metallics like rose gold, yellow gold, bronze and copper.  Pair any of these with blush pink details and plenty of pearly white for a divine wedding palette. 

5. Success with succulents For table centre pieces with a difference, consider succulents instead of flowers. They make fantastic and original table decorations, and can even make it into the bridal bouquet! As an alternative to traditional wedding favours, use small ceramic or clay pots and plant them weeks ahead of the big day to save time.

6. Be inspired by the seasons and take inspiration from nature.  Choose key colours and textures and incorporate them into your plans.  Summer weddings can make great use of ocean blues for a beach or seaside theme. If coastal isn’t your style, take inspiration from summer fruits and bright tropical accents and incorporate a brighter palette into your wedding design.

Autumn weddings look fantastic with the warm, rich tones you see in fallen leaves. You can really make great use of wooden accents and candle light to enhance those lovely orange and yellow tones.

Similarly, winter weddings can also take advantage of wooden textures and candlelight but Instead of matching them with warm colours, pair them with the cooler, icy tones of the season. Use glass and crystal as reminders of the icy weather and warm it up with centrepieces featuring winter berries and pinecones.

Of course, lovely spring will give you your pick of glorious flowers and vibrant colours. My tip here is to choose a colour theme, and stick to it. For example, if you prefer pastel tones, stay with the softer blooms which will allow for this and match with some lovely soft greens. Eucalyptus leaves look stunning in pastel spring bouquets. Vibrant colours are best paired with deeper greens, and they look truly fantastic offsetting a white table, with simple glass and dinnerware.

7. Wedding cakes have been changing over recent years.  From the traditional tiered fruit cake, to the iced mud cake, now more popular than ever is cupcakes! You can even have your guests personalise their own cupcake by having an array of decorations to add to the already iced cakes.

8. Keeping with metallic trends, I love the metallic patty pans which are easy to find and if you want to add your handmade own touch, try creating cake toppers from toothpicks and pretty cardboard, Cut out hearts, little flags, stars, or whatever shape you prefer and glue to the top of the toothpicks. These can be personalised with names, and really do add an individual touch.

9. Do it yourself dessert bars are so popular at parties of any kind and really fun for modern weddings too. You can even theme your dessert bar so that it goes with the colour scheme for your wedding. Chinese noodle boxes make convenient alternatives to plates and bowls. Simply choose lollies and sweet treats that match with the rest of your decorations, and let your guests do the rest.

10. Say cheese!  With so many of us having smart phones you can be sure that any big event such as a wedding will have your friends’ social media accounts going berserk.  Have any guests wanting to take photos on the day set up an instagram account, and personalise any photos they take with your own unique hashtag, that way, you’ll be able to look at the range of photos that everyone has taken later on, and it’s a great way for everyone to feel that they have made a contribution!

Tara Dennis has been appointed as the face of Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne (1 August- 5 August)- Australia’s trusted home of retail and the country’s LARGEST annual gift and homewares trade only event.

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