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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your West Midlands Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourwestmidlands.wedding

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Hot topic: Wedding woes

Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding woes

A slice as nice

A slice as nice

Q. My wife-to-be and I are set to tie the knot in 2019 and we'd love to wow our guests with a gorgeous cake. What trends are set to be hot next year?

A. Isabel Wass says: In 2019, we'll see cakes becoming more colourful with the use of bold hues and ombre effects, plus there will also be a greater focus on the flavour of the bake itself.

At Quality Cake Company, we shy away from ordinary and enjoy working with couples to create their ideal cake design. Drip cakes are going to be a key trend for the year ahead, with the use of bold colour and contrasting drip effects; finished with matching flowers, macarons or the nearlyweds' favourite sweets. We're also seeing a trend for grey and silver tones, especially for weddings during the winter months, block uses of grey give a contemporary look to simple designs.

Groom's cakes are also set to be hot next year. These are a step away from traditional, elegant cakes with rich, creative flavours like mocha chocolate and themed with the groom's favourite hobby in mind. Designs featuring circles or hoops are also hot for 2019. The use of a hoop brings the eye to a central focal point, adding a real wowfactor. It also reflects the symbol of the wedding ring – never-ending love.

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q. My husband-to-be and I are tying the knot in a gorgeous stately home and would like elegant music throughout the day which is in keeping with the setting. What would you suggest?

A. Helen Barley says: What could be better for your special day than a romantic harp, setting the perfect ambience for you and your guests with music of a gentle, intimate nature. Whether you opt for the harp by itself, or couple it with singing, the sound will enhance the various aspects of your wedding without being intrusive.

For your ceremony I can provide all the music you'll need, including your favourite song in place of one of the readings. For the drinks reception or wedding breakfast a mixture of classical, modern and pop songs on the harp will make the perfect backdrop to your photo shoot or meal.

I have a choice of harps, all of which have amplification, if required, and there is a great deal of music available, from Bach to John Legend. I have vast experience of playing and singing for weddings, indoor or al fresco. In your free home consultation I'll be able to play for you and help you find your perfect music, tailored just for you on your special day.

Groomed to perfection

Q. My groom-to-be is very fashionable and would want an on-trend big-day look – what would you suggest?

A. Danielle Harvey says: Firstly, the cut is important for a contemporary silhouette, opt for slim-fit for both the trouser and jacket.

When it comes to colours, variations of blue are still proving popular from navy to cobalt blue. This hue is easy to accessorise as it complements any colour scheme.

Although the 'rustic' trend is evolving into a more country-chic-vibe, tweed is still a great, versatile look fitting to rural venues – to make this style on-trend, have your groomsmen in mismatched tweeds.

For the fashion-conscious, a truly classic look that will never date is the black tuxedo – suave, sophisticated, you can't go wrong, a modern touch would be to include a personalised monogram in the lining of the jacket with the wedding date and initials.

Picture this

Picture this

Q. Our December wedding is going to be held in the late afternoon and it'll be getting dark by the time our ceremony ends. How will this affect our photography?

A. Victoria Amrose says: Winter can be a beautiful time of year to get married, I too was a winter bride and loved it! From a photographer's perspective it can pose challenges due to the low light and early sunset. As such it's imperative that you choose a photographer who's not only confident but competent at shooting in these conditions and has the additional lighting and equipment to deal with it. Also ask to see previous examples of winter weddings they have photographed to make sure they're experienced.

Choose a venue that offers beautiful indoor areas for pictures and your hired professional can get creative with lighting. Portraits by candlelight and the use of additional lighting outside in the dark can give your bride and groom images the wow factor!

If you'd love some daylight portraits, consider having a first look moment with your beau. This is becoming very popular and gives you an opportunity to spend time together looking your best ahead of the vows. Following the ceremony, also consider having a sparkler exit instead of confetti, which can look amazing.

Finally, make sure you pack something warm to wear in between portraits as it can get cold after dark and protect your beautiful bridal shoes by bringing along some wellies.

A kiss from a rose

A kiss from a rose

Q. I want our main wedding snaps to be timeless but I'd also like to include a few fun extras. What will be on-trend in the world of wedding photography in 2019?

A. Andrew Craner says: My first instinct with this question was to visit Google, I then I stopped myself. My advise, as an experienced wedding photographer is not to care about, or follow trends. Make your wedding day images bespoke to you and don't do the same as everybody else. In my opinion, images that capture real emotion or a fun moment will eclipse any on-trend posed shot, as I put all of my energy into capturing real, unposed moments. I also like to have some fun creating awesome bridal party group shots as well. Strive to book somebody who can capture your day as it happens, not recreate something that's trendy for only a few months.