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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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
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
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