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Ask the experts

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: Wedding woes

Local pros answer your big-day woes

Capture it

Capture it

Q. Our photographer's asked us for a list of must-have shots prior to our big day. In your opinion what should we make sure we capture?

A. Graeme Simpson says: When a photographer asks you for this, it's more about letting them know if there are any guests you really want to have on camera or any special moments that you have planned so they can prepare and be sure not to miss it.

There are so many options but my favourites include the reaction of the bridesmaids as they see the bride walk into the room ready to go, the proud father-ofthe- bride as he walks her down the aisle, the groom's face as he sees her for the first time, the laughs during the speeches and those special moments as the bride and groom take time out. My advice is to trust your photographer to work with the surroundings, you and your guests, and you'll get the best out of your photos.

Festival setting

Festival setting

Q. We've chosen a marquee for our reception so we have a blank canvas. How can we add the finishing touches to make it all the more special?

A. Kelly Dormer says: Marquees are a great place to host a wedding. The flexible nature of these settings means that almost any theme and layout is possible – something that can often become a sticking point for fixed location venues.

With contemporary aluminium-framed clearspan marquees that are fully lit and carpeted, you can create the feel of a modern venue. Alternatively, you could opt for a traditional marquee – relaxed festival or summer fete styling would look great with hay bales for seating, bunting in abundance and old-fashioned garden games to entertain your guests.

Designer dress

Designer dress

Q. I want a bespoke design for my gown and don't know where to start, as I love so many looks. Can you help?

A. Caroline Chamberlain says: Having a dress made is such a lovely process. If you're thinking about going down this route, the best thing to do initially is to try on lots of styles, not ruling anything out. This will show you what flatters most and what you feel most comfortable in.

At your first appointment with me, we'd have a chat about the style you're drawn to, the style of wedding you're having and the venue as this can have an influence on the bridal gown. From there we can take a look at fabrics. I offer my brides a design package that includes a range of sketches based on their ideas and a selection of fabric swatches to choose from. This is a really good starting point for the bespoke process as it gives brides something on paper and fabrics to begin to visualise it.

It's such a personal process and a great experience, and because the first fitting is a mock up of the design, a lot of groundwork is put in to ensure the bride will love the end result.

Fun and games

Fun and games

Q. How can we add a touch of fun so our guests are entertained throughout the day?

A. Aria Barrett says: I had the same question for my wedding and we decided to go with garden games. You could have a few outside, or go all out and create your own carnival. The competition gets everyone mingling and guests will be having so much fun that they won't notice you slipping off for a quiet cuppa together or photos. They're the perfect ice-breaker if only to beat each other's scores. Nothing beat watching my nan win every game against the best man! My best bit of advice though is to let the bride win.

Cake on a budget

Cake on a budget

Q. We have a huge guest list and I'm worried that to have a cake large enough it'll be way over our budget. What can we do?

A. Dawn Wilson says: There are ways in which to keep within your budget. Cake designers have many tricks up their sleeves for creating similar designs but using less skill, time and less expensive methods. This will ensure a fabulous finish but at less cost, which always helps when you're trying to provide enough portions to cover all of your guests. It's possible to gain extra portions by speaking with your venue and asking them to cut the cake horizontally as well as vertically, providing you have enough layers in each tier.

The best advice is to speak with your supplier, explain that you want as many portions as possible within your budget and they'll be more than happy to help you achieve this.