FAQs and expert advice about wedding planning

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


The great outdoors

The great outdoors

Q. We're planning to have an outdoor celebration, but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas?

A. Hannah Kershaw says: It's important to establish where you want to get married when planning an outdoor wedding, whether that's on a farm, field, beach or other location. Consider the time of year that the wedding's taking place as seasonal weather might influence your day – getting married on a beach in January might prove a challenge.

Once you've settled on a location, set yourself a budget for the wedding and research local venues that can host an outdoor wedding on their private land or allow you to use their facilities in conjunction with your preferred destination. The team will know the terrain plus climate and should provide some great advice, which can be particularly useful for an outdoor reception or a winter wedding as you'll want to protect your guests from inclement weather.

Hannah Kershaw, Black Pearl Weddings & Events


The dream team

The dream team

Q. We've just started planning our wedding, what advice can you share when it comes to finding wedding suppliers?

A. Doanna Eade says: Here at The Society of Professional Wedding Vendors, we get asked this question a lot. I always suggest that your check if the suppliers are a part of our group because SPWV members must abide by a code of conduct to ensure you get the best service with no hidden nasties. We also vet our vendors to make sure they have insurance and a contract in place. 

When sourcing companies, always do your research and check their website, google reviews and social media accounts. Then speak to at least three suppliers in each trade before choosing one.

Make sure that the images you see online are photos they can show you in real life. The use of stock imagery is fine as long as it's evident to potential clients; the last thing you want to do is hire a supplier based on the pictures on their website, only to discover that it's not a reflection of their work. Lastly, ensure that you have a contract and receipt for your payments and that the businesses are insured.

Doanna Eade, The Society of Professional Wedding Vendors