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Elsie Adamo and Beatrice Smith

How to hire the right elements to form your perfect wedding.

Styling your own wedding is tough work. With all the options out there it’s hard to even know where to start, especially if you’re creating your own venue from scratch as with many garden and backyard weddings or engagement parties.

Seating, tables, place settings, lighting and the dance floor all suddenly become something you have to pick out individually. But don’t see this as a challenge – instead, embrace the opportunity to create your venue exactly as you please.

If you’re starting with a blank canvas, you can decide how you want your venue to look “from top to toe” explains Debby Dudley, Event Manager at Barlens Canberra.

“Hiring pieces for an outdoor wedding provides many benefits, one of which is that it enables you to make the venue your own,” explains Debby. “Whether you are looking for a fun and energetic environment, or something more zen, you are in charge of setting the tone for the event.”

Debby explains that hiring also comes with the added benefit of an experienced team who will shoulder the responsibility and stress of the day.

“It’s our responsibility to take the extra burden away,” says Debby. “We take care of delivery and collection, cleaning, storage and all of the other niggling extras.”

The Essentials

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

The Marquee

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, your first task will be finding the right marquee. You’ll want something weather proof, with the option of removable clear walls, and something that can fit everyone – at least 15 metres or over.

The Dancefloor

A parquetry dance floor will allow you and your guests to dance for hours to Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble and all your wedding favourites. You’ll want to hire a floor that’s extendable in case you’d like a ‘runway’ through the centre of the tables for the bride and groom to enter on.

Image: Lauren Campbell.

Image: Lauren Campbell.

The Tables

Many opt for the circle tables at events, but personally we’re big fans of long tables. You can have a chat to more people instead of just whomever you’re directly sitting next to and it lets you maximise space for the dance floor. Always a plus.

Hero Pieces

Light The Way


Lighting is such an easy way to decorate your space to instantly transform it to suit your theme. Why not go for some festoon lights instead of the standard fairy lights? Or perhaps you’d like a cloud of rice paper lights above the dance floor?

A touch of gold


Looking for an easy way to add a touch of luxe to your big day? We have three words for you – delicate, gold chairs. The classic Chiavari Chair in gold is always a hit as this iconic style requires no cover and can be styled to fairytale extravagance or minimalist chic, depending on your taste and theme.

Take a break


Creating a quiet space for your guests to relax in during your celebration won’t just be a godsend for older attendees but also for guests who want a quiet chat or just feel like a break from the dance floor. If your celebration is outdoors, why not grab a few of these adorable grass ottomans or chic Eddie-T armchairs? If you’re indoors, these inflatable couches are stylish but easy to move around on your big day and if your celebration is more formal, perhaps an elegant quiet area with luxe velvet chairs?

If this has you completely overwhelmed, it pays to get in touch with an expert.

“Our advice would be to start the conversation,” says Debby. “We have done this so many times and want to see your vision of the day come to life.”

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Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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