Expert advice about venue styling

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Last-minute prep

Last-minute prep

Q. We're getting married in a few weeks, and we've left most of the planning until last minute! I'm panicking about how to decorate our venue. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Sarah Scott says: Here are my top tips:

- If you're planning on making most of the decorations yourself, then I suggest you opt for a rustic theme. It's easy to achieve as you can mismatch products, and it won't make a big dent in your budget.

- Talk to your friends and family, and ask them to help. Search for images in wedding magazines and on the internet to show your loved ones your vision.

- There are lots of simple and cost-effective ways to style your venue, such as decorating it with paper lanterns. These are cheap to buy and come in a variety of hues, so you're sure to find something that suits your theme.

- Paper flowers are also a great option. You can make these yourself using online tutorials, and the finished product looks fabulous. Alternatively, you could look into purchasing some gypsophila. Get some jam jars and decorate them with hessian and lace, and add the blooms to create a beautiful centrepiece.

- Think about what is readily available at the time of year you're getting married. If it's a spring wedding, you could incorporate petals on the tables. Or if you've opted for winter nuptials, then add a touch of sparkle with scattered crystals.

- Create a display of your favourite photographs. These could be used as place names to add a personal touch to your big day.

- Another option is to hire a professional stylist. Tell the supplier all of your ideas and trust them! After all, it is their job to ensure you have the perfect day. You won't have time to save for expensive decorations, so let your stylist know your budget and stick to it! Be honest and open regarding your money situation so that they can source suitable products.

- You can find a décor checklist on my website, which you can print off to make sure you have everything covered.

Sarah Scott