Expert advice about venue styling

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Prop it

Prop it

Q. We would like to add some quirky props and venue décor to our barn wedding bringing the outdoors in – what can you suggest?

A. Shirley Crehan says: MEET THE EXPERT: Shirley Crehan is the owner of Serenlilly Wedding & Event Hire, specialists in venue decorations, prop hire and blossom trees for weddings and events in Berkshire, London and the surrounding areas.

Shirley says: Canopy blossom trees look very effective at weddings. They can be placed together to form a ceremony archway, styled at the entrance to the venue, stood either side of the top table or dotted around individually.

They look great draped with hanging glass baubles filled with battery-operated tea lights add a touch of sparkle and glamour.

If you're looking to add a rustic touch to your wedding décor, our illuminated, hand-crafted LOVE letters make a beautiful backdrop for photographs. We also have many other rustic-inspired props including wooden crates that are perfect for holding flip-flops and blankets for guests. For table-top accessories, centrepieces created using log slices surrounded by hessian jars filled with flowers always look very effective.

Shirley Crehan,Serenlilly Wedding & Event Hire


The venue

The venue

Q. How did Hillfields Farm combine rustic barn décor with a modern twist in our 'get the look' special?

A. Hillfields Farm says: “Hillfields Farm is a hidden gem set in a beautiful rural location, utilising two adjoining barns full of character and charm. We used white and navy to match Hillfields' branding.” - Sarah

Hillfields Farm


The organiser

The organiser

Q. How did you combine rustic barn décor with a modern twist in our 'get the look' special?

A. Sarah Jones says: The idea of the shoot was to show how you can have rustic barn décor with a modern edge, incorporating trending metallics and geometrics with beautiful blooms and vintage props such as barrels and old barn doors used for table tops. We used rich colours with high-contrast touches, utilising the barn's space and features to make sure every aspect of the shoot was highlighted.

I created a three-tier navy and gold geometric cake with a white contrasting flower.

Sarah Jones

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