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Confi dence boosting advice for the most blushing of brides
Q. My partner is uncomfortable when it comes to having his picture taken. How would you make him feel more comfortable?
A. Stephanie Cronin says: Have you considered having an engagement or pre-wedding shoot? This is great for couples that have never experienced professional photo shoots before, and is a great way for you to get to know your photographer. There are some really lovely products on the market which you can use to incorporate these images into your wedding such as featuring them on your invites or what about a signing frame?
The candid photo journalistic approach to wedding photography is getting more and more popular with camera-shy clients. By adopting a storytelling approach to your day, the photographer captures the events as they unfold without interfering and setting up shots. It's a really relaxed way to capture your day.
Before signing a contract, make sure you meet your photographer in person. At the wedding, we are with our clients for about 10 hours on average, making it vital that everyone gets along. By making sure you feel at ease with the photographer, you'll automatically feel more relaxed in front of the camera and more likely to forget those jitters.
Q. I hate the thought of being the centre of attention and have no idea how to approach planning my big day. I really don't want this feeling to spoil the occasion. Are there any suggestions that might help make me feel less nervous about the whole thing?
A. Kimberley McCarthy says: If you anxious and want to be a stress-free bride, pick a good friend to help look after you on the day. This could be your maid-of-honour or a family member. From the outset, be organised, and produce a checklist of tasks that need to be done. Take any help that's offered and allocate tasks to bridesmaids and family members. Don't try and take on too much at once as it's easy to become overwhelmed. Just remember everyone is there for one reason and that's you and your groom. Don't be afraid to ask for help or feel like you're being a burden. There'll be plenty of people willing to get involved, so you'll never have to cope on your own. You could be surprised and find that people you ask to help plan the wedding will be thrilled that you trust them to help with your precious day.
Q. I have very fine, limp hair that falls to just above the shoulder and can look a bit drab at the best of times. I really want to have more body and oomph and stay looking good all day. Any ideas for how I can achieve this?
A. Alf Rewin says: Achieving this is fairly easy and comes down to choosing the right products for your hair. I'd recommend a range by Joico called Body Luxe, which is also known as the skinny hair miracle. The shampoo and conditioner are fabulous as they power up the body, volume and thickness of the finest strands without weighing hair down.
For styling I'd recommend Body Luxe Volumizing Elixir, which thickens and volumises, and Body Luxe Root Lift. It's good for all hair types looking for a boost. To finish off the look and to give you hold all day, blow dry with a medium-sized round brush and use L'Oréal's Super Dust – this lightweight powder gives your hair increased texture and volume and leaves hair with maximum body. It will also fit into your handbag so you can top up throughout the day.
Finally, spray Joico's Power Spray all over your hair to give you ultra-firm hold and protect it against humidity.
Q. We are a fairly shy couple and don't like being in the limelight but want our day to be special for us and the guests. How would you go about structuring a wedding for a couple like us?
A. Rachel Corigliano says: Start by thinking about the 'eyes on you' moments and consider how you can minimise the discomfort. For example, you could keep your vows short and sweet, skip the formal photographs, limit the number of speeches or perhaps even shun the first dance. You can always have an impromptu last dance if a few glasses of prosecco have made you feel more confident.
Plan lots of entertainment for your guests so the attention isn't constantly focused on the two of you. Depending on your wedding style this could include games, a video booth, cocktail mixologists, an illusionist or even a firework display.
Practise some relaxation techniques in advance that you can use if nerves strike and know that you can always take some time out on the day if it's all getting a bit too much. Just agree a secret signal that you and your husband can exchange when you need a break from the celebrations. And remember that guests at your wedding are your nearest and dearest – they are there to support you, so try to relax and enjoy their company and your day.
Q. I'm a petite size 10 and don't usually feel comfortable wearing dresses or skirts, so I'm looking for something quite understated for my wedding day that I can carry off with confidence. Are there any fashion trends for less flamboyant types like me?
A. Ellie Sanderson says: I'd advise a 'less is more' approach to choosing your dress style, especially if you're not used to wearing skirts or dresses. This can be achieved by choosing simple styles and unfussy materials. A great fabric would be a silk duchesse or taffeta, or a soft small-patterned lace. These fabrics are lightweight and shouldn't overwhelm you. In terms of style, steer clear of full skirts or ball gowns. Petite brides look more in proportion in A-line dresses. Big styles will dominate and the trick is to wear the dress, don't let the dress wear you.
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