Different weddings have different styles to reflect the personalities of the couple getting married. If you are happy with a relaxed style, you may want a rustic setting, which would suit simple decorations that mainly emphasised the flowers and table settings. Hand-written place cards and posies in jam jars on rough wooden trestle tables could look charmingly informal.
On the other hand, if you want your wedding reception to be the most impressive and spectacular it can be, you will want professionals to decorate the room where it is taking place.
If you are using a top-class formal venue, it is quite possible that they will be able to arrange all this for you. Your starting point should be to discuss it with them. Lower down the market, they may not be able to provide items in the theme colours you’ve chosen for your wedding, in which case, you may wish to hire them yourself. There are companies who specialise in this area and they will be experienced in making all the necessary arrangements and liaising with the venue.
They have delightful choices: table runners or tablecloths, chair covers or simple sashes or ribbons, ceiling drapes, special lighting, including fairy light backdrops, all made from a choice of fabrics. If you choose a reputable company, you can trust them to make sure they are all immaculately clean and beautifully made. All you have to do is choose from the extensive range. They will usually be able to provide sweetie boxes, place cards and other treats as well.
Many of these companies already have an established working relationship with a number of venues, making it all even easier. If you have already arranged for a florist to make bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, buttonholes for the men and to decorate the church, the décor company will liaise with the florist, too.
If you are not happy to leave all the arrangements to them, you may prefer to buy some items yourself, separately. It is always good to support small businesses, and you may be able to find an artist in your area who can make handmade wedding stationery. If you are paying them to supply wedding invitations, you will probably want them to make sweetie boxes and place cards for you. With their eye for the aesthetic, they may be able to advise you on table decorations too, and they may have some completely original ideas for decorating chairs, ceilings and walls.
Once you start planning your wedding and consulting with wedding experts, you’ll find that a lot of the planning comes together on its own. Each expert will have their own network of contacts, and when you book the venue and buy the gown, you will probably find that you can tap in to this network. It all becomes easier as you build up your knowledge of what is available. With so much to choose from, the only difficulty may be to work out what is your personal taste.