it’s all in the details…vamp up your venue

Hi from sunny but cold Brooklyn! The sky is a bright blue, I’m enjoying the autumnal rust oranges and mustard yellows of the fallen leaves that line the streets and it’s quite nice to layer on the woolly jumpers. {Check out this quick video from the legendary journalist Bill Cunningham to see how fashionistas across New York are using the hues of nature to influence their style choices}. Rebecca tells me that she is particularly excited about a wedding this weekend embracing autumnal hues, seasonal flowers, namely ranunculus and anemones at the flock wallpapered, Balham Bowls Club, London, so hopefully more to come on this later.  Here, once again, the window boxes and brownstone stoops around my home in Brooklyn Heights are brimming with interesting seasonal touches like pumpkins and bulbous, over-sized cabbages. Passing these sights everyday and appreciating how even simple touches can enhance the beauty of the city has got me thinking about the details of vamping up a venue!

When planning an event, finding a venue can be one of the most time-consuming tasks on the jobs list. For my own wedding, I spent hours traipsing around village halls, country pubs, posh hotels and even a muddy field at my old school before settling on a crumbling country house in Kent; thankfully, I could rely on the expertise of Rebecca – who was also one of my bridesmaids – and she and her team of helpers busily decorated everything from our classic Lotus car to the columns in the marquee. I was so happy with how my beautiful flowers brought the spaces to life. Your venue may supply the flowers; however if that part of the event is up to you to arrange, some creative planning will be needed.

Have an ogle at the following images to get some inspiration for your special event. Rebecca will happily meet you at your venue to discuss your personal style {simple, dramatic, romantic, bold…let your imagination run wild!} and which blooms might work best to spruce up the space within your budget.  Your venue needs to reflect you and the individuality of your special occasion, and flowers can help you to do that.

Ruffled Blog

{Source: from a stunning botanical-inspired shoot in Austin, featured on Ruffled Blog} I’ve had this image pinned for a long time and this post seems the perfect time to share it. I can imagine something similar being created in a rustic village hall wedding or an intimate house party. It makes a beautiful backdrop for photographs and an understated focal point in a room.


{Source: Katy & Co from a collaboration with Ivy Pip & Rose earlier this year featured on Rock my Wedding} So simple – strings of flowers or foliage, to make a back drop or an alternative to bunting.

Source unknown Via the Wedding Belle



{Source: unknown, via The Wedding Belle} What could be more classic than pink rose petals scattered along the aisle? Not only could this idea be an affordable option {notice how every other chair on the aisle has a pomander of roses} but the use of one colour and type of flower makes a real impact in an otherwise plain space. This approach is also a good option if you need to re-use the displays in another location.

via jodie chapman MC Motorsvia Rock My Wedding MC motors

{Source: top image from a wedding at Castle Gibson MC Motors by one of my favourite photographers, Jodie Chapman with blooms by Jam Jar Flowers; bottom image is the same locations, different wedding. Image by Lee Robbins, flower design by the gorgeously named Flora Starkey} MC Motors is a versatile and fun East London venue with a huge range of props and furniture to choose from for your event. In both these weddings, the muted blooms don’t fight with the bold decor but add the right amount of interest to soften an otherwise industrial space. Rebecca loves working in this urban venue.

Once Wed NYC wedding arch

{Source: DIY idea from Once Wed} This loose archway creates such a pretty backdrop for photos and is an elegant way to brighten up a blank area of wall in a minimalist venue or garden. I love this idea for a simple gathering where the bare bones of a venue can take centre stage. Archways – traditional or more modern like this one – are a great idea for dividing spaces and always look really pretty in photographs. Check out other backdrop ideas in one of our previous posts.



{Source: Blooms for a floral event by Katie Marx Flowers in Melbourne; image from Oh Happy Day} Click on the links to see the overall effect that an hanging display like this can have on a monochromatic colour scheme and a simple venue. Vaulted ceilings  – in a barn, for example – are fantastic architectural features and it can be fun to draw the eye to them through hanging arrangements. Tulips work beautifully; these have the bulbs left on and probably lasted a few weeks. Rebecca has created similar displays with carnations and roses. Chat through your ideas with her if you fancy something like this.

Welsh table runner

{Source: Forbesfield Flowers, via Ruffled} I love the decadence and richness of this floral table runner. There are endless ways to incorporate this kind of design into a wedding party or other special event. This could work well if your venue is an old pub with rustic tables, as in this image, or you want to add some warmth to a corporate space.


{Source: Decor designed by LemonBox Studios; photographer Claudia Rose Carter; florist Myrtle and Bracken. All discovered via Ivy, Pip & Rose’s favourite wedding blog Rock my Wedding}. Hot off the press is this stunning modern and fun example of decorating a traditional space. Influenced by Scandinavian design and an appreciation of the mid-century modern style, this couple used geometric shapes to draw attention to the beautiful rafters in the barn.The Bride was so in love with her centerpieces she filled the bath with them the next day!

Whether you’ve been influenced by the latest trends or want something tried and tested, talk to Rebecca about what might photograph well in your chosen venue. We hope you’ve been inspired by these ideas! Let us know in the comments section if you have tried any of them at your gathering or wedding. Until the next time…

xx Jo