What does a wedding decorator do?

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If you’re thinking of hiring a wedding decorator for your UK wedding, then today’s blog will be the perfect read for you!

It’s been extremely busy across the last few weeks as so many couples resume planning their wedding.

I’ve welcomed lots of wedding planning clients on board, and am also pleased as punch to have been hired as the wedding stylist for several couples too. There can often be a little mystery surrounding the role of a wedding stylist, so today, I’d love to share some of the key tasks I undertake for my wedding styling clients, and explain what we actually do!

What does a wedding decorator do?

Primarily, it is the role of a wedding designer to take your wedding design ideas and refine them into a consistent décor scheme that works with your wedding venue, theme, ideas and budget. 

As an award-winning wedding stylist, I know that you are likely to have spent hours and hours (and hours!) poring over bridal magazines and Pinterest, gathering ideas and creating mood boards for the design of your wedding.

In fact, many of the couples I work with come to their first wedding styling and design session with an abundance of ideas but are struggling to understand how these can work at their wedding venue, or, be achieved within their wedding decor budget.

As a wedding stylist, I’ll help bring the big ideas that work from both a practical and pretty point of view, and of course, can be delivered with the budget you have available.

Some of my wedding styling couples also have the opposite concern, regularly telling me that they ‘just aren’t creative’ and are struggling to visualise how their wedding will look – in these circumstances; it is my job to provide some creative input and help develop a wedding design concept you love.

A wedding stylist captures your personality

As a wedding stylist, one of my key tasks is to help you stamp your personality into your wedding design. I’ll take the time to get to know you and find ways to incorporate your style and story into your décor scheme. When designing, what I am looking to do is create a unique concept that works in harmony with your wedding venue, but also create spaces that reflect you both as a couple.

Wedding Guest Experience

It’s essential that we also focus on the wedding guest experience and how you want them to feel at each stage of their journey throughout your wedding day.

We look to create moods and evoke feelings rather than just designing spaces that look pretty! I like to take a sensory approach, so we don’t just think about the visuals; for example, we often use fresh herbs and specify flowers with specific smells to help awaken the senses.

Practical but pretty

A great wedding stylist will also take a practical approach to your wedding design. For example, beautiful as they are, foliage runners down the middle of long feasting tables can cause havoc for guests who are trying to tuck into sharing platters at the wedding breakfast – after all, who fancies an addition of surprise greenery in their antipasti?!

Comfort is also crucial – whilst they may look fabulous, asking older people to spend an extended period sitting on benches or chairs without much back support, won’t leave them feeling comfortable or allow them to enjoy the overall wedding experience.

Creative wedding suppliers

Wedding designers can step into the planning process at any stage of your design journey, but the earlier we become involved, the more input we can have into helping you source other creatives to pull your overall scheme together. It’s also good to have a clear direction from the outset so that you can relax, knowing that the design of your wedding is in safe hands.

All wedding stylists will have a little black book of creative wedding suppliers who can be called upon to help create the setting of your dreams. At One Curious Dream, many of the creatives I regularly work with offer perks and discounts to my clients, so I can often save you some cash as well!

We allow you to relax!

One of the primary reasons that most couples choose to hire a wedding stylist is that we take the stress away! My job is not only to help you design your wedding but to take the lead role in the set-up as well.

Quite often we do this the day before so that you can be involved in the process, but for couples who don’t have the luxury of extended venue hire, this can take the pressure off. It means that you can relax on the day of your wedding knowing that your wedding stylist will take care of all the details so that it looks impressive when you and your guests arrive.

We enable friends and family to enjoy the wedding.

And on that note – lots of couples initially plan to delegate styling and set up jobs to friends and family, but then realise that this can add unnecessary stress and tension for people who should otherwise be enjoying the lead up to the day.

Having a professional wedding decorator on board who will take control of the styling at your venue means more time for your loved ones to relax and enjoy the lead up to your wedding.

We help your photographs look amazing!

Probably a key one – having professional support to design and style your wedding venue means your photographs will pop! 

If you’re considering hiring a wedding stylist and fancy finding out more about how I can help you design a wow-factor wedding, why not get in touch to chat through your ideas? Drop me a line: hello@onecuriousdream.com or call 0800 772 0765.

As an award-winning wedding stylist, I design beautiful weddings for couples across the UK.

As an elite member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, I adhere to a strict code of conduct and do not accept commission or referral payments from venues or suppliers.

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