Hot prop-erty: what are the latest trends in wedding venue decoration and styling?

Want your ceremony and reception spaces to have wow factor? Scottish venue decor specialists tell us what wedding furniture, decor and props are in demand right now and what’s worth splurging on for maximum impact…

Shimmer wallsShimmer wall and Let's Party neon sign by LA Create

“Our dazzling shimmer walls (above and below left) are perfect if you want a sparkling, fluttering sequin backdrop that captures your guests’ attention,” says Chris Combe at LA Create. “They just beg for selfies! ”

Shimmer wall and neon sign by LA Create and moongate by Lemonbox Studios

Modern moon gates (above right)

“A moon gate makes for a modern ceremony backdrop,” Natalie Mieszek at Lemonbox Studios notes. “It’s very popular at the moment.” Load yours up with abundant florals and greenery for a lush effect.

Considered candlelight

Barn at Blackhouse Forest Estate styled for a wedding by Get Knotted
(Photo: Lloyd Smith)

“The crucial aim of this wedding was to blend in with the setting at Blackhouse Forest Estate – off-grid, rural, wild – and the season,” Katie Hart of Get Knotted explains. “We wanted to create warmth inside but still embrace the outdoors, so used candlelight not just on the tables but throughout.”

Contemporary furniture (below left)

“Unusual seating will make a big impression in the overall space,” argues Natalie at Lemonbox Studios. “Rattan furniture with a contemporary twist is also trending for year ahead.”

wedding table set up by Lemonbox Studios and wicker furniture by Frill Factory
(Photos: Caro Weiss, left; Lianne Mackay Photography, right)

Outdoor lounge set-ups (above right)

“We foresee outdoor lounge set-ups trending,” contends Alison Bell at Frill Factory. “The way we socialise has changed forever and I think despite living in Scotland, weddings are having to adapt and evolve.” Lounge package, £250 to hire.

Unique wedding signage

Bespoke wedding signage by Gloam
(Photos: Claire Fleck Photography, left; Emma Lawson Photography, right)

“Make an impact with unique signage,” says Gloam’s creative director Jean Smart. “Fabric signs can be made from reclaimed/dead stock fabric, which can be reused again. We love finding ways to be more eco.”

Combining textures

Bride wearing Hopeless Romantic leather jacket standing in front of frilly wedding wall hanging by Frill Factory

“Adding different textures to your day injects style and class,” says Frill Factory’s Alison. “From dramatic installations to draped archways that frame the aisle, there are plenty of options.”

Spelling it out in lights

A bride and groom dancing in front of ALWAYS light up letters by Big Bright Letters
(Photo: Imac Images)

“Our 5ft light-up letters make for a beautiful backdrop,” says Neil Biggerstaff at Big Bright Letters. “This Òran Mór couple was a favourite of ours, because they wanted the word  ‘Always’ – just something a bit different from the usual ‘Love’ or initials. Anything is possible.”

Fresh ways to dress chairs

Room styled for a wedding by Cymbeline Events

“Chair dressing is such a lovely addition to any wedding and adds a whole new dimension,” says Amy McKenzie at Cymbeline Events. “We prefer to dress every other chair, so that the stunning detail on the chiavaris can still be seen, and the drapes are showcased more.”

Acrylic furniture and reflective surfaces

A wedding dinner table at Abbotsford House styled by Get Knotted
(Photo: Lloyd Smith)

“This was all about the juxtaposition of historical Abbotsford House, overlooked by the contemporary architecture of the visitor centre restaurant,” explains Get Knotted’s Katie. “We played with the light from the full wall of windows, keeping the look bright and airy and embracing the space, as it was, rather than trying to change it.”