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Hot topic: Summer Love

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Festival fun

Festival fun

Q. I love the idea of a festival wedding and can't wait to get creative with the theme. How can I bring this to life through my stationery?

A. Lorna Boyer says: There are tonnes of brilliant ways to incorporate your theme, starting with your save-the-dates and invites. Perhaps they could be in the style of an event ticket or incorporate a bright, rainbow colour scheme to capture the essence of festivals. Your invitation suite could be held together with a bellyband, which doubles up as paper entry wristband. The theme can then carry through to your on-the-day stationery such as a table plan in the style of a gig line-up poster with your tables as the stage names. You could even have your place settings clipped onto lanyards so guests can wear them during and after dinner, which is super helpful if your guests don't all know each other!

If ticket-style invites and poster signage isn't really your thing, you can always try something subtler. Incorporating sunflowers, daisies, wellies or vibrant colours can help add a touch of festival fun.

Big-day shoot

Big-day shoot

Q. Tying the knot in summer lends itself to endless photo opportunities but we don't want to be away from our guests for too long. What are the must-have shots?

A. Nick Shoot says: I prefer natural rather than staged photography where possible so this helps with time. My favourites include a sunset shot with a silhouette of the bride and groom as the sun goes down or a romantic kiss by a reflective body of water. If the venue's landscape allows, a walk amongst trees with the light shining through the branches looks great and I've even had fun with the happy couple racing away on space hoppers!

I'm always conscious of timings so I give couples a quick rundown of any shots I feel would be worth their time out from the partying guests before the day.

Quirky camper

Quirky camper

Q. I love the idea of hiring a Campervan but it's a shame to only use it for our transport. How can we make the most of it throughout our day?

A. Anna Davidson says: When you book a Campervan for your wedding, you're not simply booking wheels you're booking a bit of personality too! To really make use of having this quirky little piece of history, use the vehicle for other things too. At Vintage Camper Hire we encourage you to use Betsy in your pics, working alongside a photographer who has experience or an interest in photographing campers. We also offer a range of additional services to enhance your experience including Betsy's Photo Booth and Sweet Shop.

Romantic style

Romantic style

Q. I'd love a floaty whimsical dress for our August nuptials that's not too hot. Which styles would be best for me to consider bearing this in mind?

A. Caroline Chamberlain says: I'd suggest nothing too full or with lots of net layers and petticoats. Gowns that skim the figure as opposed to very fitted designs work well as they're less structured and feel very easy to wear. Fabrics play a huge part in the design when looking at lighter-weight gowns. Chiffons are perfect as are soft tulles, Chantilly lace and softer crepe satins. It's good to look at breathable fabrics with natural fibres such as silk, as this will help to keep you cool. Softer material drapes beautifully to create a stunning look that's very ethereal, giving you that soft, floaty silhouette.

Blooming boiling

Blooming boiling

Q. Can you advise on the best flowers for summer weddings? I want a seasonal look and blooms that won't wilt in the heat.

A. Jessica Wells says: Some of the most sought after blooms are at their optimum quality during the summer months. Hydrangeas, tea roses, stocks, nigella and peonies are all at their natural best. With stunning new varieties becoming available, we're seeing brides being bold with their choice of colours. Unfortunately, most seasonal flowers can wilt in extreme weather conditions, however, a good florist will use all the precautionary measures to ensure they look beautiful all day. A tip to help your bouquet last is to have a vase filled with fresh cool water ready at your reception venue for it to stand in when you're seated or socialising.

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