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Your summer wedding worries answered
Q. I'm marrying my girlfriend next summer and we're both intending to wear full- length wedding gowns. Are there any tips you can offer to same sex brides to ensure we complement each other?
A. Ellie Sanderson says: We've served many same sex brides at Ellie Sanderson and it's essential to make sure the dresses work together in terms of colour, fabric and silhouette. Ivory next to cream is not good, nor are two different lace dresses as they'll undoubtedly clash.
The ideal is one bride in a textured fabric, like lace and the other bride in a plain fabric like taffeta or dupion silk. Then, decide to wear either cream or ivory, or colours that complement one another. Finally, consider the silhouettes: make sure that they work together, for example two huge ball gowns can be overwhelming, but one bride in a ball gown and the other in a column line would look brilliant. Also, think carefully about veils. Two brides in veils can be a bit over the top; maybe one in a traditional veil and one in a birdcage, or veil free, would look more stylish.
My final tip is to make clear with the boutiques you're calling that you want a double appointment, so you can try the dresses on together. You both need a full consultation, after all.
Lastly, often buying your dresses in the same shop will mean you may get a small discount or incentive. It won't be a buy-one-get-one-free but you should expect some incentive. Happy shopping!
Q. I'm holding my reception in a marquee when I get married next summer. Should I avoid certain types of cakes just in case it's a very hot day?
A. Janet Endean says: It's amazing how chocolate cakes can hold up in a hot marquee, depending on the type of decoration and how the cake is set up. Chocolate paste decorated cakes tend to do quite well usually because the decoration is closely connected and everything is supported.
I'm not really a fan of buttercream icing for cakes in a hot marquee, as it can end up warm and sickly on cupcakes, and on larger cakes, make them difficult to cut and portion.
If this is something you really want though, do check with the venue that the cakes have been cooled well before cutting, which will ensure a cleaner cut.
Q. We've decided on a summery, daisy-inspired wedding but have no idea where to start with our décor. Do you have any tips for styling such a theme?”
A. Laura Hawkins says: Bunting, pompoms and paper lanterns in yellow and white enhance a summery feel and add a seasonal burst of colour at the same time.
Jam jars filled with posies of daisies lined across long tables look really effective, and to add interest and draw the eye, consider using jars and vases of differing heights and widths.
Plain white wedding cakes look really effective adorned with daisies. Ask your florist for different ways in which they can style the flowers around your cake to make it a real focal point.
Be creative in the ways you incorporate the flowers into your bridal party; pomanders and floral crowns for flowergirls, handtied posies for bridesmaids and something more elaborate for yourself using daisies of different sizes.
A current trend I adore is using edible flowers in food and drinks. Consider using large drinks dispensers filled with a fresh cocktail and floating daisies as your arrival drink.
If you're still keen to explore your options, I started a Pinterest board for one of my couples recently for a daisy themed wedding – you are welcome to look! www.pinterest.com/lovelaurawed
Q. I'm holding my reception in a beautiful barn next July, but I'm worrying about what we'll do about the photographs if it pours with rain? The venue is surrounded by scenery but not much else. What would you suggest as a contingency plan?
A. Stephanie Cronin says: When hiring a professional photographer, you're hiring someone with experience and the knowledge of how to turn the situation around. As part of our kit, we always take white wedding umbrellas in the car for rainy moments.
Add a bit of a quirky touch to your photographs by bringing your favourite Wellington boots to the wedding – even better they're bright vibrant ones to match your colour theme.
If it's torrential, then we can always photograph indoors with studio lights to enhance your images. Lastly, just brave it; there's nothing more romantic than a kiss in the rain!
Q. I have really fine hair that falls to just above the shoulder and looks a bit lacklustre at the best of times. I'm getting married in high summer next year and hate the thought of it sticking to my head on a really hot day. Can you suggest a failsafe style that might fit the bill?
A. Julie Church says: You have a year, so use this time to prep for the big day. I recommend a treatment plan using the Philip Kingsley range, which is dedicated to the health of your hair and scalp.
A classic bob can make fine hair look fuller and thicker and at the right length, frame your face too. Blunt cuts and long layers help keep the ends from looking thin. Be careflul not to have your hair razored or thinned too much as this rarely creates the illusion of body.
Colour can be the perfect finish for fine hair. We work with creating a multi-tonal look to give the illusion of extra fullness. You know your hair best but fine hair can look more appealing when lifted up, especially if you experiment with your stylist in advance, with a variety of romantic wavy, natural-looking up dos.
You won't be able to tell if your hair's fine or not, if it's skillfully styled. I love the feminine, cute buns that are bloused out to give a softer effect. A tip for a key product is Philip Kingsley's One More Day Dry Shampoo which helps absorb excess hair oils.
Give your big day a film star feel with this fun retro, light-up sign. Just change the letters to create your own message to welcome the guests.
Perfect for weddings and after the big day it can still get lots of use with all those romantic messages for your loved one. The light box also makes a great Christmas decoration to spell out the count down until the big day. Available from the Drifting Bear Co, the cost £36.
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