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FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

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

Winter luxe

Winter luxe

Q What dress styles would you suggest for a winter wedding?
A Jennifer Jamieson says: It's important to remember that you can wear any dress at any time of the year. However, if you want a traditional winter wedding, look for a heavier fabric like satin or mikado in an A-line or princess-cut.

Alternatively, embrace the elegance of a black-tie theme with a sexy dress with one-shoulder or a thigh-split lace and sparkly gown.

To make your look more wintry and wearable in the cold, we recommend items such as faux fur shrugs and rich colours to accessorise with, such as deep purples or the traditional Christmas reds and greens.

Two of our favourite gowns that embody these looks are Kennedy by Sophia Tolli (pictured) and Tiana by Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection.

Jennifer Jamieson, Ava May Bridal

The next big thing

The next big thing

Q I want a long, dramatic veil for my upcoming wedding. What designers/styles should I look for?
A Mandy Lee says: There are many types of veils available, so start by considering what style will suit your dress. Do you want a dramatic opulent look or something more soft and delicate? A popular option is the single-tier lace-edged veil, which is one piece, with lace along the wide edge and gathered into a hair comb at the top. Similar to the Spanish mantilla veil, a single-tier veil without lace edging will suit most face shapes. Of course, single-tier veils can also be exquisitely decorated with other details, such as satin, pearls, beading, embroidery or a horsehair braid.

Another timeless and romantic style is the voluminous two-tier veil. These are made with a comb which has been folded near the top to create a blusher (a veil that covers the bride's face) which adds an air of mystery. You can keep the front blusher any length, and the second tier can be made as long as you want, which is the perfect choice for a luxurious bridal showstopper. This modern style can be decorated with pearl detailing, delicate embroidery, lace edging or sparkling tulle. Alternatively, a shimmering 3m wide long tulle veil can be a simply stunning yet understated choice for wedding dresses with special-shaped trains.

At June Peony Bridal Couture, we have made lots of heavy and opulent detailed couture wedding veils. We're also offering a free 30mins bespoke veil consultation for Your West Midlands Wedding readers with the Ref: YWMWB.

Mandy Lee, June Peony Bridal Couture

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