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Plans for keeping everyone happy
Q. I'm in two minds about just having a photographer cover my wedding because of the expense, but I'd also love to have it filmed for the memories. Why do you think I'd regret not having both and how do you work around the photographer?
A. Alan Howard says: It's a fact that brides who don't have a wedding video, cite it afterwards as their number one regret of the day. Nothing captures fun and emotion like video set to music.
It's an unrepeatable day and you can spread the cost by thinking outside of the box. For example we offer a shooting only option where we film a documentary style video and then give you the footage to watch and edit yourself, give to someone else to edit, or come back to us when you can afford it, which can sometimes be a year or so later.
Any video company worth its salt will take a few moments to introduce itself and establish how it will work together with the photographer.
I personally see the photographer as part of the day, and, after checking with him or her first, will often film them pulling together the group shots. This is a great way to feature all the guests in an environment where they can comfortably ignore the video camera.
Q. I really want to make a statement with my cake as the rest of my wedding is going to be quite traditional and minimalist. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Catherine Scott says: There are no rules that your wedding cake has to match the rest of the theme and style of your wedding. Some couples see it as the chance to go a little 'off piste' and have something different which reflects their interests or hobbies. This Monopoly cake was ordered by a couple who are keen players of the game, and the property cards were all places in their lives.
What about going for a different look altogether, with a decadent deluxe chocolate cake that will go down a treat with your guests served as dessert or with your evening buffet?
These days your choices are limited only by your own imagination and that of your cake supplier, so choose someone who is inspired by your ideas and can help you come up with something really special.
Q. I don't have a massive budget to spend on theming my wedding, but I obviously want it to look as slick as possible. What are your top tips for making a budget wedding look great?
A. Georgina Webb says: a great theme for your wedding is all about finding something you and your partner love and are passionate about. Don't spend money on items you can't afford – keep it personal and your guests will love it.
Do you both like going to the cinema? Then have a movie themed wedding with your favourite films as table names and 'guess the quotes' trivia quiz as conversation starters for your guests. If you're both into reading, have a literary theme with stacks of old books – you can pick these up from charity shops – as centrepieces and decorations around your venue. Why not try out some book folding art and hang them from trees in the garden, and use pages as a table runner or to spruce up jam jar candleholders?
Hiring a wedding planner will help you to make the most of your budget. They should have lots of creative yet money-saving ideas and great discounts from preferred suppliers.
Q. I'm getting married in May next year and I want my flowers to smell wonderful as well as look fantastic. What blooms would you suggest for a really impressive fragrance?
A. Sarah Eley says: Peonies have an amazing fragrance and come in a range of colours. From subtle pinks and whites to coral, cerise and red, these bold blooms will definitely add the wow factor. Mix these with some beautiful scented roses for impact.
If you had a more delicate look in mind, I'd suggest a mix of freesias, lily of the valley and sweet peas. These delicate blooms will create a more subtle look, but with a bold and powerful scent.
Q. We've booked a gorgeous Georgian manor house for our big day, but really love the idea of a modern looking wedding otherwise. Is there anything you can suggest to help me make this happen without it looking wrong in the setting?
A. Laura Hawkins says: Crisp white linens with an injection of colour in the glassware, chair décor and table styling can go a long way to transforming a room without outshining the backdrop itself. You could also consider on-trend patterns or textures such as chevrons, polka dots, sequins or stripes for your décor, stationery and design of your wedding cake.
Modern calligraphy and typography are really in, and look fantastic on bespoke menus and signage.
Consider your catering and refreshment options and perhaps have individual stations for fabulous cocktails, ice creams, macarons, or mini fish and chips. Vintage chic is still very on-trend and opting for a pale colour palette of pink, cream and apricot tones as well as incorporating candles, elegant glassware and beautiful floral centrepieces will lend itself well to your backdrop and look super stylish.
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Each bowl is embellished in gold and measures 18cm and would make the perfect wedding gift. Plates in the same range start at £8.
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