Choosing Wedding Accessories

Once you have booked all the main details of the wedding including the venue, photographer, caterer and florist you can now start planning how you are going to accessorise your wedding, and make it that little bit more personal and special.

There are lots of different types of wedding accessories available, and you can source these at local wedding supply services, or through specialist online stores. Firstly you will need to think about a theme or colour scheme for your wedding, which you can then use to focus your planning. Themes can be incorporated through many aspects of the wedding from the outfits for the wedding party through the table linens and floral arrangements, and these can help create a sense of personal style and individuality. If you are having a white wedding, it is nice to incorporate another colour into the scheme, such as a soft pastel pink or lilac, or for a more daring contrast a rich deep red or chocolate brown. When you are choosing colours you could think about what time of year it is, and reflect this into your overall theme. If you are getting married in mid winter, a Christmas colour scheme can be a lovely touch, with reds, greens and golds. If you and your fiancé have any particular hobbies or interests then you could turn this into a theme for your wedding, to give it that truly personal touch. Perhaps you are interested in a particular era, such as the 1930’s, or maybe you do a lot of work with charities. A fund raising reception can be a wonderful event, and instead of receiving gifts you can ask guests to contribute money to your chosen charity as the evening progresses, and organise mini auctions or raffles to get everyone in the mood. Medieval weddings are very popular and you can really have fun accessorising the venue, outfits and food to create a realistic atmosphere. Think about hiring long banquet style tables for a medieval theme, and serve traditional mead and ales for the toasts. Also you could hire medieval themed entertainment, such as jugglers, fools and minstrels.

Here is a list of some ideas for accessories you could purchase, to help you decorate your wedding venue:

· Table Settings – Most wedding venues that provide catering also normally provide a good range of table linens and decorations in a range of basic colours. Ask to see a sample of their arrangements so you can judge whether they will be suitable, and also think about whether it might be better to organise the table settings yourself. There are many specialist companies that hire out table decorations from the linens through to the name cards, so if you are planning a particular theme it might be best to source the basic materials yourself. For example if you a planning a Victorian style wedding, you can hire specialist antique crockery, linens, candelabras and even chair covers to give your reception a really authentic, special feel.

· Ribbons, streamers and paper decorations – coloured ribbons and streamers make a great, cheap way to continue your colour scheme. Buy pretty wide ribbons, and tie big bows around the backs of chairs and hang streamers across archways and rafters to cheer up any dark corners. Paper decorations are also reasonably priced, and come in the form of paper lanterns and hanging decorations in traditional wedding shapes such as bells, bows and horseshoes.

· Favors – wedding favors are a traditional way to decorate tables, and usually come in the form of small gifts such as peppermints or sugared almonds, which are presented in pretty drawstring bags or boxes. You can also buy special, personalised favors for close family members, and favors based on the theme of your wedding. For example if you are having a beach themed wedding, favors could include pretty seashells or pink shrimp sweets.

· Flowers – flowers are a wonderful way to decorate rooms, but both fresh and silk flowers can be very expensive. If you are a budget, just include small floral arrangements on the guest tables, with a slightly larger arrangement on the top table. Remember that out of season or exotic flowers will be much more expensive than those in season, more common blooms.