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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 worries

Our experts solve your wedding worries

Christmas carols

Christmas carols

Q. We're tying the knot in winter and would love festive music but still want it to be elegant. What would you suggest?

A. Christopher Langdown says: In years gone by families and friends would gather together around the piano to sing Christmas carols. Today, the piano still has the capacity to create a magical atmosphere at Christmas time. Timeless classics such as White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, The Snowman, Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song work wonderfully well on the piano. Mix in some arrangements of traditional carols such as Silent Night, Away in a Manger and We Wish You A Merry Christmas and you'll have the perfect mix for all your guests. For a real touch of class, why not get a musician to play these songs on a elegant baby grand piano at your wedding?

Festive menu

Festive menu

Q. For our winter wedding we'd love to have a festive menu. What foods would you suggest?

A. Julie Collins says: Winter is such a lovely season for delicious heartwarming meals made with local produce. We suggest a delicious roast root soup with locally sourced artisan bread to start – or maybe a trio starter with all of your favourites including a warm scotch egg, British fishcake and goats cheese bon bons. It is up to you to decide what you love to eat and our chefs will deliver.

For the main course you cannot go wrong with roast chicken, pigs in blankets and traditional stuffing, roast root vegetables and your choice of potatoes. Mine would be dauphinoise or classic roast. All finished off with a deep flavoursome jus.

Dessert would be a salted caramel garden pot to add some fun to the meal or a sticky toffee apple pudding and custard served in a kilner jar for something warm.

Finished with tea and coffee for guests if they fancy it. We believe in giving you what you love and going the extra mile to help build a menu together that speaks about you as a couple.

Seasonal confetti

Seasonal confetti

Q. Our special day is in the middle of winter and we'd love to incorporate the festive theme into our confetti. What would you suggest?

A. Suzy Boot says: A great way of subtly adding a festive theme into your confetti shot is by choosing a confetti mix that will give the illusion of a flurry of snow.

There are a few ways you can achieve this. One is by using Snowfetti™, which is artificial snow confetti made out of blown corn. It's not only water-soluble and fully biodegradable but the texture is so light and fluffy – remarkably like real snow! Although remember that water-soluble confetti like this can't be used in wet weather or indoors.

Alternatively, use biodegradable tissue paper confetti in a circle shape. Using white, ivory and cream to create the look of snow, you can also add a touch of metallic colour such as gold or silver to catch a sparkly glint in the light, just like real snow.


If you want to use real flower petals for your snow-look confetti moment then choose an ivory petal mix. You can personalise your confetti cones or boxes with the Christmas song lyrics Let it Snow to make it extra festive.

A tip is if you're getting married late in the day, remember it will get dark early so work with your photographer and venue to identify a place to get a good confetti shot.

We can create bespoke biodegradable confetti packages for your winter wedding in the snow theme, or any other festive theme.

Through the lens

Through the lens

Q. Our December wedding is going to be held in the late afternoon and I know we'll lose the light very quickly. What are the must-have shots?

A. Georgina Balmer says: The must-have shots are different for every couple and also photographer, as everyone's artistic eye is completely different. Low light is what makes winter weddings all that bit different, December is exciting as it's up to the photographer to challenge the light! You'll want photographs of the two of you and group photos in what light you do have as a priority, so bear in mind the time of sunset and plan ahead. However, low light can create lots of different kinds of images in comparison to a typical summer wedding. For example, the use of extra flash and different lighting can give a whole new dimension to the standard couples portraits. I also love a sparkler shot which works really well in low light conditions too!

Sweet and tasty

Sweet and tasty

Q. Christmas is my favourite time of year and I would like my wedding cake to look and taste really festive, do you have any tips on how to achieve this?

A. Heather Tilstone says: I love winter weddings! We offer autumn and winter flavours for my wedding cakes, I feel it's a really special time of year for eating foods that remind us of our childhood. Flavours like chocolate orange fudge cake and our delicious sticky toffee pudding cake are popular for this time of year. You absolutely can't beat our cinnamon swirl and pecan praline cake, anyone who walks into our kitchen on a baking day when this one is in the oven can't resist it! The design of the cake is really important; Christmas always lends itself well to reds and rich greens, but with a current trend around gold and metallics, it's the perfect time of year to add a little sparkle. Of course, a traditional white on white, maybe with a little glitter will always look good, especially if it snows. I think Christmas is a great time for a cosy wedding and trends such as dessert tables are a great way to create a feeling of togetherness and warmth. Our mini toasted s'mores or doughnut wall make people have fun, join in and feel festive.