If you read last week's blog you will have had a glimpse of the shots of the ceremony styling and bride styling from my styled wedding shoot at Eridge Village Hall in Kent, and this week you will get some inspiration for styling your tables and general venue wedding decor.
This shoot really was about fun and colour, and of course vintage, so I hope you'll agree that you can really make a space unique with some clever crafting and styling, and here's some inspiration for you all to do so...
A table plan is a great opportunity to have fun and give your guests something to talk about, be it due to the personalised table names you create or how you have displayed it. When I saw this vintage bureau, to hire from The Toast, I knew that it would make a stunning table plan, especially by adding bold and bright colours to it. The bottom drawer was crying out for flowers, and how beautiful are these created by Jo the Florist!? The tables were given circus theme names, due to the bright and bold colours used throughout, and we proudly displayed the seating plan in bright frames with a chalkboard background that had a vintage feel. A lit-up LOVE sign and some more flowers bring the total effect together to be a stand-out item for your guests to gaze at.
I believe tables to be one of the most important parts of the wedding venue decor, as after all it's the part where the guests spend the most time at. There is so much to be done to a table and it doesn't just have to be a bog-standard white tablecloth and fish bowl vase (or do if that's what takes your fancy, but you may be reading the wrong blog if it is!). I love using long trestle tables for a wedding breakfast, you can use vintage wooden ones like these from The Beautiful Day and keep them plain for a more informal feel, or you could cover them with beautiful vintage table cloths. Using long tables allows you to create a real dramatic focal point down the centre of the entire table compared to round, which are more limited for design.
I like to have the cake on a trestle table to make it more of a dessert table, and you can pop vintage bowls and cannisters around the table full of sweets that match your colour scheme. Or for a more refined look, you can have other desserts or treats such as macarons. This cake was a naked cake to match the informal and fun feel of the wedding decor and was created by Selina the Cake Fairy and Jo used more of the pretty flowers placed perfectly on it. I popped the cake on top of a pretty vintage table cloth.
To create a focal point for the table, to draw the eye in the large village hall, I created a backdrop using brightly coloured pinwheels, more flowers and a ribbon garland I made from ribbons and strips of vintage style material, all to match with the bright colours of this wedding styling.
I loved using this bike in the hall to add a bit of a drama. Think about somewhere for guests to put their cards (& gifts if necessary), as you don't want to leave the guests wondering or for there to be a big pile somewhere you really don't want them. I love the idea of using one of the baskets of this vintage bike and I simply stamped some pretty tags to define it for the guests. Think about a unique way to store the cards on your wedding day.
I'm not one for a standard guest book and love to come up with alternative ideas for my couples. Here I used my vintage type writer from my prop cupboard, and made a little sign to show guests what it is. It would be such a talking point!
A very important part to most weddings - the bar! Also where guests may spend a lot of the time, so make it stand out and add some decor to it. Whether or not it is a permanent bar at a wedding venue or you are hiring a transportable bar at your hall/marquee/barn, you can still have fun with it. Use fun straws or create personalised cocktails and display them on a board, adorn it with flowers or personalised items and make it stand out. This vintage bar from The Toast was perfect for our village hall wedding styling, and didn't need much more than bright flower being pinned to it. I also used jars for the drinks with bright straws to match the scheme.
All beautiful images were captured by Katie Rogers Photography.
So what do you think? Convinced about brights yet!? Or perhaps just have some inspiration for ideas and a completely different colour scheme? Either way I hope you've enjoyed seeing the pics and my ideas behind the styling for this Village Hall Spring Wedding Shoot. Are you getting married in a village hall? If you are, I have loads of props and table ware to hire that can turn it into a unique and personalised space. Do get in touch to discuss vintage wedding decor hiring or vintage wedding and event styling. You can find me here!
Thanks so much for reading, VA x