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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands 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 editor@youreastmidlands.wedding

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Hot topic: Creating a winter wedding

Your seasonal questions answered

Seasonal stems

Seasonal stems

Q. What can I add to my bouquet for that perfect wintry look?

A. Jacqui Scothern says: There's a range of beautiful blooms on offer during the winter months. Extra touches such as grasses, seed-heads, twigs, acorns and conkers or pine cones will add gorgeous texture to make a stunning rustic bouquet.

Looking for sparkle? Consider jewels, crystals, ribbons and feathers. These can add a real luxe-look to simple and sophisticated white blooms or a rich lustre to deep and vibrant flowers in shades of red, orange and purple. Foliage and berries can also be sprayed in gold, copper or silver to complement a modern industrial-styled wedding.

Berries in a range of hues from pale coral and pink through to orange and deep red can be used for a more traditional festive feel. If you're looking for a bouquet with a more dramatic effect, steel blue viburnum berries or black ivy berries look sensational teamed with both pure white or colourful blooms. Long streamers of natural dyed silk, sumptuous velvet, or sparkly ribbons add the finishing flourish.

Through the lens

Through the lens

Q. Our ceremony starts at 3pm so there won't be much time for photos in the daylight. How can we get the best shots at this time of the year?

A. Graeme Simpson says: A good photographer will be able to create magical images whatever the time and they'll also find different backdrops for indoor shots so don't let the weather ruin your day. If you do brave the elements – wind, rain or snow can all add that special something to your pics.

With the evenings drawing in earlier, what better way to end your day than with a firework finale? Sparklers, torches and phones also create light for fun long-exposure shots or simply using the ambience from the venue's lighting can add a romantic touch. Embrace the dark nights and pop out before your evening guests arrive for more stunning, atmospheric couple portraits.

Bridal glow

Bridal glow

Q. During the colder months my cheeks go blotchy and red. How can I achieve a flawless complexion?

A. Adele Coxon says: A change in temperature can really take its toll on our skin. To keep it looking great be sure to exfoliate to remove the top dull layer of skin and then opt for a skincare oil to add moisture. I'd choose Elemis Superfood Facial Oil for under-30s or the pro-collagen marine oil for more mature skin, followed by a light moisturising cream to lock in the oil.

Alternatively, if you wanted to go for a salon treatment I recommend dermaplaning to take the dry layer away in one swoop revealing fresh glowing skin beneath.

If you don't have time for skincare well in advance of your big day, chose a thick moisturiser like Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream to really nourish the skin before applying make-up, followed by a liquid foundation such as Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, which gives a semi-matte finish. For blusher and highlighter use cream or liquid products to help moisturise. Finally, set your make-up with a dewy setting spray. I love GlamGlow Glowsetter, which you can also get in a travel size so it's great for a refresh throughout the day too!

The icing on the cake

The icing on the cake

Q. I love Christmas and can't wait for my festive-styled big day. Do you have any tips on creating the perfect design for our showstopper cake that'll complement our theme?

A. Dawn Wilson says: Firstly think about what the festive season means to you. What images come to mind – snowdrops, mistletoe, gold trimmings? What colours do you associate with this time of the year – shades of purple, red, woodland green or softer colours such as cream, peach and lilac?

Armed with your information, book a consultation with your cake supplier. It's a great opportunity to meet them and taste some delicious cakes. I love to chat to couples about the different aspects of their day to help me create a moodboard and I use this to sketch a couple of designs for them to chose from.

If you have a strict budget, make sure this is one of the first things you mention. Your cake designer is an artist and depending on their capability, their time will be priced accordingly. The more intricate the design, the more expensive your cake will be.

Mum's the word

Mum's the word

Q. It's going to be cold on our big day and my mum's stressing about her outfit. What can she wear that'll keep her warm without sacrificing style?

A. Julie Rose says: Mothers-of-thebride and groom need to look and feel a million dollars on the big day. Outfits with a matching coat or jacket are perfect for the colder weather. The longer-length jacket is increasingly popular and is stunning as a two-piece when the coat's removed for a day to night outfit.

If she needs extra warmth I'd recommend adding a faux fur wrap. This would sit comfortably on the shoulders keeping her warm while still showcasing her dress.

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