Venue décor ideas and trends for 2017 weddings

07 Mar 2017

Want to know the top trends in wedding décor this year? Here's how to make your venue look absolutely fabulous...

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Light-up trees

Creat ambient lighting while harnessing the beauty of nature with artificial trees interspersed with twinkly fairylights. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, these trees can be placed at the entrance to your venue or inside, around the dancefloor, to make your first dance moment even more magical. Twilight Trees offers specialist faux arboreal lighting and flora available for hire or purchase, with a team who can deliver, install and return the trees without you having to lift a finger.

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Flower alternatives

Promote modernity with an alternative to traditional flowers in and around your venue. These VITA EOS decorations from VITA copenhagen, made from all natural goose feathers offer a contemporary feel that is both captivating and creative. The decorations are available in white, light grey and light brown and prices start from £49. They can be placed in vases or hung from the ceiling - a top décor trend this year, as Søren Ravn Christensen, chief creative developer at VITA copenhagen, explains: "Elevating your wedding décor draws guests' eyes upwards and makes the ceilings appear taller and your reception space feel larger and more spacious. Decorations hanging overhead are a great way to create a stunning focal point, as it will likely be the first thing guests see when they enter the room."

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Carnival LED letters

Supersize light-up letters are having a moment right now and they are the perfect prop for a beautiful photo opportunity. You can opt for your initials as a couple, or create a word that is symbolic of your wedding day - such as 'LOVE'. Lou Lou Loves Hire & Styling provides four foot handmade light-up LOVE letters which feature traditional cabochon fairground bulbs that can be colour changed with caps to suit your wedding theme. The lights can also be dimmed to create a more subtle look when needed or brightened to make a statement.

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Natural beauty

Barn-style weddings are very popular, so decorating them using simple greenery and natural details is a great way to stay true to the authenticity of the venue. Lindsey Hunter, wedding planner at Get Knotted, suggests: "Decorate long trestle tables with ferns, moss and heather down the centre, adding in some fir cones and even some berries in pretty jars for an on-trend natural look. Hang some floating glass baubles with tea lights from the ceiling to create some delicate romantic lighting."

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Simply does it

Simple ideas can be stunning when executed well, but the key is in the colour scheme. Wedding stylist, Jessie Thomson, says: "Simplicity is the key note of true sophistication and elegance, but creating this style for a large scale event while maintaining a sense of luxury and impact within a big space can be difficult. Think about using some darker or brighter colours to add depth to your design plan, bringing some of the outside in to soften more minimalist styling, and always focus on quality over quantity."

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Lots of 'Greenery'

Now forever emblazoned as Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery signifies new beginnings, revitalisation, and our desire to escape the paradigms of modern society and explore the great outdoors, and with each other. Perhaps this explains why Greenery transcends so well as a wedding theme, and it’s rise in popularity: the association we have with greenery is the association we have marriage. Embracing the trend, Arabian Tents suggests potted plants, succulent cacti and suspended wild flowers, as well as eucalyptus and broad leaf plants making up chandeliers, centrepieces and wedding arches in abundance.

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Look above

Overhead installations are a great way to add further interest and statement appeal to tables. If your venue has an existing beam structure, and you have been given the approval on being allowed to hang decorations, then use this free rigging system to your advantage to beautiful effect. Susie Young of wedding planning business, Knot and Pop, says: "Punctuate dining tables with overhead installations - whether floral, plant based or paper based, or run table length to fully immerse guests in your beautiful setting. Look all around a venue to see how you can get clever with blank spaces to create fantastic focal features."

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Wooden accents

Wooden bunting inspired by the forest and nature are the perfect accompaniment to a rustic wedding theme. These wooden pennants from METHOD SHOP on DaWanda are cut from birch plywood and each engraved with a letter. The DIY kit comes with a linen string, on which you can hang the letters - baring your names or perhaps a simple 'welcome' message for guests.

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