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Hot topic: Wedding worries

Our experts solve your wedding worries

Booking essentials

Booking essentials

Q. My husband-to-be and I are looking for transportation to our spring wedding for ourselves, three bridesmaids, my father and two groomsmen. We really have no clue on what we should be asking, what would you advise?

A. Julie Beresford says: Whilst you may feel you need to provide your exact requirements, make sure you ask for their advice, suggestions and guidance, after all they are the experts! Here are a few key questions to ask:

1. Do they offer discounts if you book more than one car?
2. How many passengers do their vehicles carry? Some vehicles e.g. VW Campervans and Rolls Royce Launderettes can carry six or seven.
3. Are they able to do multiple journeys or pickups? If your locations are close together, this is a good way to reduce cost. Usually the groomsmen need to arrive well ahead, giving the opportunity for the vehicle to return to pick up the bride and bridesmaids (even from different addresses.)
4. Do they offer viewing appointments? Most reputable companies will encourage this, if you have only seen photos this is a must to check the quality and condition of the vehicles
5. What do they include in the price? Many companies offer extras at no additional cost eg, ribbons and bows, dressing the cars for the photos, baskets of goodies for the journey, romantic drive for the bride and groom.

Caught on camera

Q. A friend has offered to film our wedding for us, but we're reluctant to. What are your thoughts?

A. Wynne Jones says: It might be an added expense in your wedding budget but professional videography is well worth the cost. Your wedding video will be something to look back at and relive the excitement of the day so here are three great reasons to choose a professional.

The power of editing:
Professional editing turns a documentary account of your celebration into a vibrant film that enhances the footage filmed on the day. Techniques include adding special effects, coordinating the images to a soundtrack, adding strategic stills, and speeding up or slowing down certain moments in the video.

The videographer is doing a job:
The key difference between employing a videographer and having a guest film your wedding is that the former will not be socialising and will not miss any of the key moments of your day, whether it be your first kiss, your arrival, or the bouquet toss. Having a family member filming may mean that they overlook some of the events a videographer would capture due to their pursuit of revelry and they would want to enjoy your big day as a relative.

Ensuring you receive a quality video:
The quality of a professional wedding video will be far superior to one filmed by a guest. There will be no wobbly camera movements or out of focus shots that you would find in an amateur video, with a videographer also having the knowledge of lighting and how to work best with the venue.

Styled to perfection

Q. Our venue has a really high beamed ceiling and we want it to feel a bit more cosy and intimate - what do you suggest?

A. Kerry Baskerville says: We love to decorate venues where the Brides can let their imagination run. Its amazing how one venue can be decorated in so many different ways. No one wedding is the same as another. Pimhill Barn is a fabulous venue, a beautiful Rustic Barn. The challenge was to make it interment and romantic. After discussions with the bride and her ideas, we decided on lowering the height by using large white drapes interspersed with fairy light strings. It worked perfectly, creating a stunning romantic Ceremony & Wedding Reception.

The perfect pair

Q. I'm going to be tying the knot al fresco this summer and want a dress that will suit my pear-shaped figure. What style would you suggest I try?

A. Rebecca Lavelle says: For a pear-shaped body you're going to want to opt for a dress that has a natural waistline. An A-line or ball gown style wedding dress is going to be the perfect option for this bodyshape as it will flatter your waist and create a beautiful silhouette. Opt for a dress that focuses on the detail within the bodice. An elegant lace perhaps with a sequin overlay, a pearl embellished pattern or for something a bit more sparkly chose crystal beaded embroidery.

Stick to a simple satin, English net or tulle skirt to cinch the waistline and ensure the focus remains on the bodice of the dress. Layers of fabric below the waist will disguise larger hips and balance you out.

There are may different types of sleeve you could pick that go with an A-line or ball gown dress and it really depends what you feel most comfortable in. If you're conscious of your arms you could chose an illusion sleeve, all the cover up benefits of a sleeve but much lighter for the summer months. However if you're not a sleeve fan or usually get quite hot and flustered go for sleeveless, straps or spaghetti straps.

Pinching the pennies

Q. I'm on a strict budget for my wedding dress, however I don't want to compromise on style and quality. What would you advise I do?

A. Jo Taylor says: Having a tight budget definitely doesn't mean you have to compromise on quality. Buying off the peg whether it's pre=owned or sample can save you time and money.

This way you can often get a gown for half the original price meaning you can invest your cash in other areas of the wedding if you wish.

Bridal Reloved specialised in high-end designer dresses so you can have an exquisite, couture dress for your big day – plus recycling or upcycling a wedding dress can help save the planet!



Q. We've started looking at wedding cakes but we're totally baffled by some of the terminology involved. Help!

A. Angela, Isabel & Lisa says: We work with couples to create their dream wedding cake. Here's a guide to some of the terminology used by cake designers.

Tiers – These are individual cakes that are stacked on top of each other. Tiers can be different heights, with two, three or more layers of sponge inside.

Buttercream – A smooth, creamy cake filling and covering, sometimes referred to as frosting and most often seen on cupcakes. It can come in a variety of flavours and colours – we get regular compliments on ours.

Fondant – A soft icing that has a sweet flavour, used to cover cakes for a smooth flawless finish. It is also used to create cake decorations.

Ganaché – A rich mixture of chocolate and cream, used to cover a cake before applying fondant to improve the structure and create a smooth finish. Ganache is also used as a decoration on drip cakes.

Sugar flowers – Often used in place of fresh flowers, they are usually hand crafted from a type of fondant that hardens.

Piping – A decoration technique achieved by using a piping bag and metal tip. Patterns, swirls, lettering and other decorations can be piped onto cakes.