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Local experts advise on keeping it classically romantic
Q. We're planning a Valentine's Day wedding but I don't want the obvious when it comes to our flowers. What can we choose other than roses that still symbolises love?
A. Jessica Mary says: February brings us a stunning variety of blooms. As well as a large selection of roses there are also varieties of anenomes, eustomas, tulips and ranunculus that come in many different colours to complement your theme. Rather than worry about which flowers have the meaning of love, I'd choose your favourite blooms! Those that make you smile and capture your personality. If you follow this advice, you'll look back at your big-day pics in years to come and you'll still love the flowers you chose.
Q. I've always dreamed of wearing a princess dress that really stands out. Which designers and collections would be best for me to consider this season?
A. Helen Dickson says: At Dressplace we have some gorgeous princess gowns by several designers. Some have heavily embellished bodices that catch the light and twinkle like diamonds. Other styles have draped satin skirts with long trains that swish and sway as you move around. One of our favourites is the 5216 by Mori Lee – it's every bride's dream. It has sparkle, style and it definitely makes you swirl around with excitement. Another gorgeous design is the Mori Lee 8194, which has a fabulous secret sparkle layer under the tulle overskirt and a flattering jewel encrusted sweetheart bodice.
Q. What style of background music would you suggest for our ceremony to create a lovely romantic vibe?
A. Bethany Morris says: The most important thing is that you choose something that reflects you as a couple. The key to creating the atmosphere you want is in the arrangements your supplier uses. I have some fantastic, pared back arrangements for the cello and piano of tracks by Calvin Harris, Arcade Fire and Rhianna that you wouldn't think of picking but that actually create a really relaxed, romantic ambience.
If your supplier doesn't have recordings on their website then ask if they could put a sample selection together for you, or better still if there's a chance of seeing them play live try and see them. This way you'll get a feel of their performance style and will be able to see if it fits with what you want.
Q. Our marquee venue's a blank canvas so we can create our style. What can we do with our décor to create a gorgeous romance-filled theme?
A. Lisa Kitts says: A Valentine's Day wedding would be so romantic! We're still feeling that bite in the air at this time of the year so I'd suggest that you fill the marquee with lots of deep warm colours and soft lighting.
A curtained wooden draped frame awash with winter foliage and deep red flower heads would welcome the guests as they enter. For your entrance, line the walkway with cylinder vases containing church candles and scatter the floor with petals. I'd dress each table with candle-filled glassware on a bed of petals and use Champagne-coloured chair hoods to soften the look of the room.
Giant 'Love' letters add lighting and a focal point to the room. Use soft fabric drapes on your top table along with lots of blooms, candles and glassware running the full length of the table to tie in with the centrepieces. To add the finishing touch, place floral pillars throughout the marquee to bring the outside in.
Q. I'm struggling to come up with ideas for our cake design. What do you suggest for the ultimate show-stopper?
A. Sophie Taylor says: The most important thing is to find a designer whose portfolio you adore and who'll listen to your inspiration and create your show-stopping bake! Gather ideas before meeting for a consultation and look out for textures that you like and colours that suit your theme. When meeting with your pro, describe how you imagine your day to look and feel. The more you paint a picture for them the easier it'll be to create your vision.
Dress the cake table with a gorgeous stand, decorative runner, candles and display a bouquet on there too. The ultimate show-stopper will be one that blends seamlessly with the rest of your day, but doesn't just sit in the corner of the room – it should scream “look at me and eat me!”