First off, there is no ‘one set fits all’ general rule here, but I am always asked ‘How much decor do we need to make it look good?’
I always think it’s about really using what you have in the space you have more than how many props you throw at a venue…

Customising your venue spaces to reflect you both as a couple is becoming huge, it’s about creating something totally unique and personalised with more couples wanting their day to be WOW in every way.

Our lenders have said they don’t want their venues to look barron and empty, with a blank canvas venue the panic can set in. Do I need to add more to my order I’m asked? Without knowing how you plan to use the venue its really so hard to say. But with four bare walls and a roof, anything is possible if you have the imagination. If the thought of filling your space fills you with dread, we’re on hand with our styling services, where we’ll visit your venue and make suggestions for props and decor placement and put your mind at rest.

But if you’re a DIY pair, I would always start by listing the main key areas of your venue and the amount of time people will spend there and which areas will be well photographed:

ENTRANCE – Guests will be here just a few moments but it’s so worth creating something fab to set off your space.
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CEREMONY – Lots of photos taken here so be sure to add lots of pretty at the head of the aisle.
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TABLES – A few hours spent here but be sure to make the top table and bride and grooms place settings special.
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FOOD TABLES – A few moments through the day but give your cake (if you have one) a rad platform to shine.
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BAR – Just a few moments through the evening you’re guests will be here (unless they’re propping it up!), I’d always add plenty of candle light for your evening bar space, to give guests somewhere more relaxing that the dance space.
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DANCE FLOOR – Here you can have some fun, from Pinatas to giant balloons and signage. This area should say Party.
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You’ll all know by now I like to walk off the beaten track when it comes to wedding decor, bohemian, industrial, rustic…
Well it’s no surprise then that I’m going a little loopy for all the dreamcatchers that keep popping up on my Pinterest. This, ladies and gents is a decor trend that is cool as a crop load of cucumbers.


Paletas de Pina Summer Wedding - Summer-Wedding/ - Brilliant Imagery

Paletas de Pina Summer Wedding – Summer-Wedding/ – Brilliant Imagery

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From big, bold hanging pieces for ceremony focal points to sweet little dreamcatcher favours for place settings or with escort cards they have stolen my heart. They are the perfect symbolism for weddings with the idea of ‘good dreams’ only that filter through the web. From stationery designs too they are becoming big news through all aspects of wedding design, I’ve even speed a few wedding cakes with them painted on too.


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Wanderlust wedding inspiration - - Let's Frolic Together

Wanderlust wedding inspiration – – Let’s Frolic Together

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They are perfect for a DIY couple, we had a go turning our bike wheel into a simple dreamcatchcer on this post last year. Think outside the box for your starting point and there are no rule that they need to be round…
I love the use of lights with them and using different materials to create them, lace fabric, macrame knot techniques, dip dyed ombre fabric ribbons.

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You know that saying, ‘One mans junk is another mans treasure’ – Yep, I live my life by that, you’ll often find me bottom up in a skip. And I rarely throw anything out too (you should see my drawers and cupboards at home, it drives the OH crazy!) Because I’m sure that one day I will need all 200 jam jar lids I’ve saved or will use the 15 pots of tester paints in the garage in some way…


But really, if your planning on being a DIY bride theres a few tips that are going to keep you quids in with just a little forward planning.


I know not all of you will have access to a Farmers yard full of goodies like myself. But I guarantee if you ask Dads, Grandads and friends of family to raid their garages and garden sheds I know there will be all manor of oddments to up-cycle and re-use for your big day. From odd planks of wood, old bike wheels and parts, ladders to flower pots and buckets. Half empty paint pots can work magic on old furniture or try hand-writing some signage of your own. Ask family to dig deep into the dustiest corners and you’re bound to find a gem or two, they’ll love that they were asked to be a part of the day too.

Oh, just because the ticket at the vintage/junk shop says £12.00 doesn’t mean you can’t get a little cheeky and go in at £10, really I do it all the time. Always ask if they can take something off the total if you’ve brought a few bits. No harm in asking right?


From the humble glass sauce bottle and jam jar, tin cans, wrapping paper and ribbons can easily be transformed into tea light holders to flower vessels or fun mini paper bunting from your old birthday cards. Theres so much you can do when you save every day items en mass and add a little imagination. Old t-shirts can be transformed into a knotted macrame plant hangers or pom poms from old holey knits. Painted wine bottles as candle holders and doubled up as table numbers, the opportunities for old tatt is endless!


Save everything. Like everything. Ask you friends to save too – scraps of old material; old linen and bedspreads can be made into cool chair pads and string bunting, re-dyed napkins or use cardboard cereal boxes spray painted to make simple table numbers. Let Pinterest lead you. Getting organised with your DIY projects can save you pounds – buying supplies in the sales may mean odd colours but if you’re up-cycling then it won’t matter. Bulk buys may have big discounts too.


Use natural treasure, from sticks to stones, wood and bark, it’s all free and easily transformed into something beautiful. Place name pebbles or turn them into favours with coloured paints. Wooden candle holders or DIY dream catchers from sticks, glitter dipped feathers…Just step outside.


Take average items and basically make them great, this is where you can make big impact and get big reactions from your guests. Balloons, a bad 80’s wedding decor cliche? Yep. But add some spray paint and glitter, dip dye them or even add tassel ties and strings with fresh flowers for a really neat DIY project that will have your guests in awe of your creativity and won’t have broke the bank.

To really save money through DIY though you need to be cool enough to know your wedding isn’t going to be complete matched perfection, it will be homespun and you need to be OK with mis-matched and even mixed up colour mashes. The more you are chilled about the overall laid-back look the more you’ll save. If you’re Ok with odd containers for flowers on each table and different coloured bunting patterns, you’ll make your DIY do a doodle.

All the DIY images here are via our DIY WEDDING Pinterest board, hit the link to find more neat and thrifty ideas and credits.

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If you’re reading this you’d really like your wedding decor to ROCK. So I’ve put together a few images from some of our favourite sites to show how you can do just that and without using lots of cash from the wedding kitty. From making a statement entrance that will get your guests talking to making sure your food platform packs a punch we think these 5 top tips will really make an impact on your decor.


A big statement welcome will set your day off with a bang. Right from the first moment guests arrive capture their imagination. A chalkboard with hand written message and crates of flowers looks amazing on this stairwell. Scatter through some tea lights in jars, vintage cameras or old typewriters for a little more interest. Or go big and bold with a bike, I adored this look this summer using large props to lead the way.

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Pouring delicious drinks from dispensers into Jam jars or little bottles will really make that first congratulatory drink a great one. Think about added interest with hand painted signage and a kooky base to serve the drinks from, an old dresser or stacked hay bales and boxes. Use old tin baths or troughs and barrows to keep the beers for the boys cool. Trust me they’ll be going back for another.

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Have a little fun with your decor ideas. Some of my favourite pins are those with sweet messages or personal quotes from books or films. Dabble in a DIY day and create something truly unique from found items. Dreamcatchers have my heart at the moment but macrame back drops and featuring feathers make for a cool, chilled out look too.

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Give a little thought to your food service. Wether it’s a buffet or bbq think about how it’s served up. Add some height with up turned apple crates and mix up the serving platters, plates and boards. Wood and slate keep things relaxed and adding some white china and glass keep the styling laid back. Little open cabinets make it an exciting little trip to fill your plate.

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, lighting is everything at your venue. It totally sets the mood and feel for the day and long into the night. My obsession with festoon lighting continues – As a ceremony backdrop, strung outside to light pathways or to add some sparkle over the dance floor they’re not going anywhere and will remain a firm favourite with us. Candle light is timeless, think about new ways of working candle light in your space.

Image Via Ruffled.

Image Via Ruffled.

Are you ready to make your decor rock? Have you got a big statement idea tucked up your sleeve.
Do share…

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x