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 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


Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. We're at the start of our wedding journey, what top tips can you share with us at this stage?

A. Laura Harrison says: I'd love to give you some tips for getting your budget together and to help keep track of spending. Start with thinking about the wedding date and how long you have to save up, this will help you come up with your overall budget that you'll be comfortable with. Come up with a guest list number to help when looking at costs per head with catering, favours or stationery. Alternatively, you can set an amount you'd like to spend on this kind of detail and divide it by the number of guests to help compare suppliers' quotes when you get them. Finally, start a spreadsheet or a planner to help you keep track of bookings and dates. This way you're always on top of things.

Enjoy your research and look at all the options so you can find the elements that are ideal for your day before you book. All wedding suppliers love talking about your plans and will want you to find the perfect team for your big day!

Laura Harrison, The Joy Planner Wedding Planning Support and Coordination


Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. For our elegant wedding, what props can we use to add that extra special touch to the big day?

A. Kaila Green says: For that extra special touch to your big day, you'll need to add elements and special versions of practical ideas that will stand out and be memorable. These should be striking additions that will give a definitive wow factor to the wedding.

A perfect example of this is our exclusive Carousel Display which is elegant, contemporary, beautiful, lights up the room and is extremely versatile. It can hold sweets, doughnuts, cupcakes and mini-desserts while illuminating and rotating all of the delicious treats you wish to serve your guests – it's quite the showstopper.

Also, have a play with words when hiring the large light up letters, try something different like 'Always' or 'Forever' for example.

Or perhaps personalise your day with your initials or surname. This will look fabulous on your photos and will set your day apart from the rest. There are many special and exclusive props for hire on our website and more stunning props launching soon. Our advice? Don't be afraid to do things a little differently.

Kaila Green, Big Day Display


Happy planning

Happy planning

Q. I have so many ideas for our wedding day, but I have no idea where to start and it's stressing me out! What advice can you share with me to help plan the big day?

A. Hannah Rose says: Sit down as a couple and have a conversation about how you would envisage your wedding day. So many couples I meet with for planning sessions have a very different idea of what they want and haven't given each other a clear vision of their ideal day. At this point, forget the venue and the photographer, think about the style of wedding you can imagine yourself having – are you thinking informal or formal and would it be summer or winter? Once you have an idea of style, you can then start to look at venues and suppliers who match the feel for your day.

Think, what does your wedding mean to you? Do you have a large family who you want to involve in your celebrations or is this day all about you as a couple and would like a more intimate occasion?
Once you've broken it down completely and know what it is that you want, you'll start to feel less stressed and overwhelmed with your ideas coming together.

I'd also advise booking a complimentary 30-minute consultation with ourselves over on our website to guide you on where to start!

Hannah Rose, Complete Rose Events

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