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Hot topic: Wow-factor weddings

How to make an impact on your big day

Master chef

Master chef


Q. My fiancé and I are real foodies so the wedding breakfast is really important to us. How can we impress our guests with a seasonal menu?


A. Emma Tasker says: It depends whether you're into rustic, local and seasonal produce, or whether you're all about modern flavours with high-end presentation.

If the former, you'll probably be more focused on the experience and I'd suggest a 'family style' service – think sharing boards with local breads and cheeses, spring lamb and seasonal fruit pavlova.

If you're more into contemporary cuisine then a formal, plated menu would best suit you. Perhaps prosciutto with local asparagus and poached eggs, rump of lamb with pea purée followed by amaretto-roasted peaches. Work with your caterer to design a menu that suits your day but don't forget the occasion and remember to inject your personality without making it too pretentious.


Show-stopping style

Show-stopping style


Q. I want to wear something different on my big day. Can you suggest a fab alternative to a classic white, strapless gown?


A. Vivien Holloway says: Dresses today don't seem to mould to your curves the way '40s and '50s designs did. You could add contrast to the basic white dress with a ribbon around your waist and a matching petticoat in your favourite colour. Or how about polka-dot print? One of our brides got married by the sea and all the girls had wellies to match their spotted dresses.


Against the grain

Against the grain


Q. I want amazing photos but we want to avoid formal shots. What could work well at our country wedding?


A. Susie Castle says: Outside spaces – think textured old stone walls, barns and rustic doors – make for great shots. Have fun with your group snaps, especially with the bridal party portrait, which should be more relaxed. Family pics are a must-have too, but keep them to a minimum otherwise you end up with very little time for the most important pictures – of the two of you! Try using props for these, which can be great fun and non-traditional, without being too cheesy. I always want to get the best pictures for my clients, but they do have to invest time and energy too – and most importantly have fun!


Festive spirit

Festive spirit


Q. I'm planning a winter wedding and want lots of flowers on the day. Which seasonal arrangements will wow our guests?


A. Serena Honke says: Christmas is a particularly beautiful time of year to get married. Although the choice of flowers may be more limited, the use of light, in either candles or fairylights, can ramp up the romance. Create that cosy, festive feeling with warm colours, such as red and gold and add pine cones and fruit. Alternatively, a winter wonderland feel can be created with white, silver and plenty of sparkle. The use of one or two taller displays will be sure to add some drama too.


The X Factor

The X Factor


Q. We have a blank canvas for our marquee reception. How can we add impact with our décor?


A. Laura Hawkins says: Don't panic – a marquee is the perfect backdrop for fabulous wedding décor! Chair sashes and coloured linen are a great way to spread interest throughout the room as well as floral centrepieces, which give a pop of colour against a pale background. Consider tall arrangements to give height to the space, and perhaps use feathers or chandeliers for an original look. Paper lanterns can look fantastic hanging from above in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. If your budget allows, add swathes of fairylights, which look atmospheric during an evening reception, as well as coloured uplighters to create mood and effect.


Contact our experts...


Emma Tasker, Events director


Emma Tasker

Events director


Laura Hawkins, Wedding planner


Laura Hawkins

Wedding planner


Serena Honke, Florist


Serena Honke



Susie Castle, Photographer


Susie Castle



Vivien Holloway, Boutique owner/designer


Vivien Holloway

Boutique owner/designer


This week, the editor loves...

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Lauren Dowey
Lauren Dowey, Editor of Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine

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