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Q. I'm thinking of getting my hair coloured and wearing it up for my wedding. Is there a time frame you'd advise in preparation for the big day?
A. Anne Veck says: We'd recommend giving your hair at least five days before your big day to give the colour time to settle afterwards. After your appointment you can wash your hair the next day if you have permanent colour but be mindful if you have semi-permanent colour as you want the shade to be as fresh as possible and these colours will fade.
Avoid fading before and after your wedding by using products made for colour treated hair. We recommend Revlon 45 Days Total Color Care shampoos and conditioners. These shampoos and conditioners contain colour pigments that will keep your hair looking vibrant and shiny.
Q. Choosing the flowers for my big day is really important to me, but how important is it to have the venue booked first?
A. Chantal Stear says: I'd definitely keep an open mind on your flowers until you choose the venue, as it can affect your options for decorating it.When visiting, consider the style and period of the building, size and scale of rooms, lighting, décor, features to exaggerate or disguise.
In traditional venues like country manor houses, you might want to play up features like staircases and fireplaces with garlands. Classic flowers, and elegant glassware, stone urns and copper bowls are great for arrangements. More relaxed venues like barns or villages halls call for more creative input from your florist with displays and backdrops. Add atmosphere with fairy lights, hanging flowers or foliage in place of bunting and vintage jugs. Trugs or rustic posts also work well.
My advice would be to make a definite date for the big day and then meet with your florist to discuss.
Q. How long should I allow before starting to look for my wedding dress, and what about the fittings and alterations?
A. Georgina Pimm says: We recommend that brides come to us 12 months before their big day and to come prepared with an idea of budget.
It's important to decide who to take with you but try to stick to no more than two loved ones, booking an appointment in advance.
If you do find the one at your first appointment, you'll be asked to pay a deposit and the order would be placed with the designer. Dresses can take from 16 to 20 weeks to be made and sent back to the boutique for you to try on. Usually a bride has up to three fittings, and should the gown need alterations, these will happen from three months to a couple of weeks before the wedding.
Q. I've just got engaged and have no idea how long it takes to organise a wedding or where to start. If I find the right venue, what order should I go about pulling it all together, especially the theme?
A. Hannah Martin says: Once the venue has been booked and you know what rooms the ceremony, reception and wedding breakfast will be in, you can start to think of themes and colour schemes. Look at what you already have in the existing décor and structures. Are there any key features you want to highlight?
Harmonise your colour scheme with the shades of the venue and tie in with flowers and added décor such as candles and props. Flowers are always my first port of call, whether it be a centrepiece or added décor. I then work around these and fill in any gaps with candles and pretty vases.
Site visits are always a must with suppliers from the stylists, like ourselves or florists. When the day comes ask friends and family to help or bring the professionals in so you can enjoy the day, sit back, relax and have fun.
Q. I'm getting married next year and wondered how far in advance should I be talking to a cake maker even if I haven't decided on what type of cake as yet?”
A. Janet Endean says: It's really important to check out cake suppliers at least a year in advance. This gives you a feel for each designer's style and the costs involved. It'll also make it easier to get your favourite wedding cake supplier.
You need to take into account the amount of work each cake design entails – for example, ones with lots of sugar flowers or hand-cut silhouettes take a lot of time.You should also consider cake flavours and if you want a fruit cake, it's worth knowing this needs time to mature.
All in all, it's best to choose your designer well in advance even if you are unsure of your design. If you're happy with the costs, a deposit will ensure a reserved date and stress-free wedding.
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