Venue styling is not an easy job. Trying to design something that suits the bride, the venue and is within budget is hard work.
Here are five ways that you can make our lives easier and earn yourself some brownie points:
One: Book a venue that can support your wedding vision
Venues have rules. Some venues are more relaxed and others can be quite stringent. If you are booking a stately home, expect the rules to be quite strict; there may even be rules regarding the colouring of your wedding cake!
Check your venues rules and that they will allow you to have your decor as you envisaged. There is no point in having a wedding scene heavily based around candles when your venue doesn’t allow open flames because all your candles will have to be LED. Not only is this expensive; nothing can beat the ambience created by a flickering real flame.
We tend to check with the venue ourselves because we know what questions to ask but make sure you ask questions before you book. Having your wedding design vetoed by your venue is not a great feeling.
Two: Be honest about your budget
If you go into a store to buy a computer, one of the first questions you will be asked is what do you want to spend. This is because the sales assistant wants to offer you the highest spec machine for what you want to spend. We are exactly the same. We want to offer you the most for your money. It’s why we don’t really concentrate on packages. I hate paying for the parts of a package that I didn’t want. We want your money to go on the things you want; not wasted on items that don’t move you. If you tell us what you want and how much you have to spend from the beginning; it allows us to make you a bespoke offering of items that are within your budget.
Three: Give us enough time to set up
Weddings that look amazing take time to set up. Sometimes it feels like we spend more time setting up an event than the guests actually spend enjoying it!
No venue stylist wants to rush your set up, in fact, we are likely to turn down work where it is obvious that we will struggle to finish in time. Extra staff can help speed things up, but certain jobs still take time, for instance; quality control. I personally quality check every table or at least have a senior member of staff fulfil the quality checks. This alone can take some time.
If major issues occur, we need time to think and redesign. Sometimes the problem can be as simple as a broken lift at the venue which means that the unloading time has doubled. We always build in contingency time.
Booking your venue for the whole day is advisable and if you can get access the evening before; even better!
Four: Communicate, communicate and communicate!
Make sure you talk to your stylist; ask questions! Ensure that you understand the process, you know what stage you are in the process and what the next step is. If you are anxious about anything; let us know (about your decor obvs- we are not a counselling service)! If there is a part of your decor that is particularly important to you, make sure we know.
Always pass on information from other suppliers that is relevant to us, for instance, what time the caterers are arriving etc.
Always remember, you are never bothering us unless you are changing your centrepiece for the 40th time!
Five: Trust us!
There is no point in paying for a professional to do a job and then ignoring their advice. Trust our knowledge and trust our experience. If you have done your due diligence, checked out the reviews of your venue stylist and stalked their Facebook and Instagram, then you should be able to trust your choice.
This is not to say that you should go along with everything that your venue stylist says or suggests but if you are going to ignore it, at least find out why the advice was given and what are the possible implications for ignoring the advice.
Angels and Gypsies