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Styling Help for a Sydney Bride – Wedding Style SOS!

Yesterday I received an email from the lovely Anna who’s in need of a little help with styling her venue…

“We’re getting married in the Autumn and I’m in the midst of all the planning now.  I already feel like ‘if I had my time again’, which is not ideal.  I’m really excited about so many factors but I’m no longer excited about my venue.


We’ve chosen a seaside chapel in Sydney Australia – and it is truly gorgeous.  We will walk directly from the chapel into a large acoustic hall right next door.  It will be a noon reception and we have great views of the ocean …. it is just that the hall we are in is bland and large and almost impossible to decorate.  I can’t hang anything from the ceiling or from the walls.  Goodbye paper lanterns and inexpensive, abundant pom poms.  I’ve gotten on to lovely big round balloons – so seriously thinking of working with these.

 I’m wearing a vintage style dress with original vintage (30’s) shoes covered in blue silk with some original deco shoe clips from France ……… these are the exciting meaningful things.  The venue – unfortunately still drab.

Ideas Sarah, do you have any ideas on how to bring some scale into this BIG space?”

Firstly, congratulations Anna and so far plans sound amazing! Your venue looks awesome – that window!!!


I’d say, let the window and view do the talking…you can bring elements in that’ll add enough wow factor. The balloons for me are a sure-fire hit! Pick some of the blue hues out of the stained glass window, which you’ve already picked up on on your shoes and add long, weighted strings so that they sit about a foot and a half above your heads as you walk down the aisle.

They’ll look almost ethereal bobbing there and should give enough colour without pulling focus from the view and stained glass.

I’d then add all other interest in things you can take with you to the reception. Perhaps hand tied bouquets and have blue ribbons hanging gown from them – echoing the balloons.

For the reception – add interest on the tables. How about collecting lots of vintage glassware to echo the stained glass – you could add flowers to those for colour too. Also, the balloons can make an appearance and be placed up against a wall or float above tables. Also, play with people’s eye-line and stack things up {on vintage books perhaps} or add colourful flags into the mix.

Most of all, fall back in love with that venue – it’s so easy to get bogged down at this stage of planning, but I bet if you imagine walking down the aisle towards your beloved and that stunning view – you’ll still get a tummy jump!

All the very best…and please keep in touch with your plans. With Love, Boho Bride xx

Credits: Little Bay Chapel window via Cavanagh Photography. Balloons via One Wed, Melanger Baking, Manolo Brides. Vintage bottles via Sloan Photographers, Green Wedding Shoes. Bouquet via  Bohemian Bride; chalkboard via Snippet and Ink; table jars via Weddings By Color

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