Venue design ideas

Venue design ideas

So you’ve set a date, chosen a venue and all the main suppliers are booked…so what’s’ next? Well in my opinion as a wedding designer and stationer the most exciting part, the colour scheme, details and finishing touches!

One of the best starting points in choosing a theme is to take inspiration from your chosen venue, its decor, the colours, the setting, the vibe etc.

All venues are unique but here are some general design ideas for different types of venues to get you started:



Browns/Greens, Slices  of Tree Trunks as centre pieces, Hessian detailing, Greenery, a Tiered ‘Cheeses’ Cake with grapes/fruit and rustic breads, Potted Plants and Trees.

Country Garden:

Bright colours, Bunting, Jugs of Poppies and garden/wild flowers, Gingham, Polka Dots, Tissue paper Pom Poms, Floral Table cloths, Jam Jars and Cup Cakes.



White/Ivory, Tall Vases, Roses and Lilies, Crisp White Linen, Fairy Lights and tea lights, Candelabras, white iced fruit cake with sugar decorated flowers.

Banqueting Hall/Golf Club:


Monochrome, Red, Diamante detailing, Vases with coloured stones and up lighting, Ostrich Feather displays, Crystals, Mirror Plates and chocolate cake with Diamante Initials Cake Topper.

Stately home:


Bronze/Gold/Pastels, Birdcages, Vintage Crockery, Cake Stands, Pearls, Peonies and Freesias, Drapes, Vintage books and Vintage Suitcase for ‘Cards’.

Centre piece tips:

With your centre pieces there are two things you need to consider, height and width.  Think about the conversational height, guests seated around round tables like to see those opposite so low displays or very high displays work very well.

Tables can get very crowed, with glasses, crockery and wine etc,  so if you are wanting flamboyant display that are wide speak with your venue. Discuss the option for waiter service for the wine and coffee cups etc to be added to the table after desert. That way you keep things as minimal as possible to show case you centre pieces the best you can.


There is nothing better than the flickering of candle light to bring a wonderful ambiance to your tables and showcase your venue.  However not all venues allow candles/flames especially some Barns and Stately Homes who adopt a no candle policy so do check with them before purchasing tea lights etc. However if candles are not an option then there are some excellent LED lights you can purchase along with fairy lights to create a very romantic feel as an alternative.

If you are struggling or worried about your theme coming together remember these tips.

Keep to two colours that complement each other, don’t over complicate things with lots of colours unless you are going for a rustic/country theme where you can really mix it up.

Keep to one main detail ie Butterflies and one main theme ie: classic.

Ask your florist for help with colours and texture to help bring it together; there is no better supplier to ask for colour inspiration.

Use your Venues knowledge, they would have seen hundreds of weddings, ask for guidance and ideas.

One last little tip for colour matching, use Deluxe colour cards, they are brilliant.