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Here is a selection of Q&As from An Essex 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@anessex.wedding

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Hot topic: Your wedding woes

Local experts offer stellar advice on handling wedding woes

Just the two of us

Just the two of us

Q. I've had the same group of friends since I was 16 and we've been through everything together the trouble is, I don't want to have six bridesmaids. How do I decided who to choose and how do I break the news?

A. Carina Ioannou says: Congratulations! I know exactly where you're coming from – my partner is 6ft 7ins and I'm 5ft 10ins. It's what drew me to him in the first place. However, if it's something that's really worrying you, here are a few tips:

- Have him stand behind you in an embrace – your dress will make it look less obvious!

- Stairs minimise the difference and create great perspective shots.

- Sit down on a love seat together.

- Walking shots with you nearest the camera will trick the eye.

- Ask your photographer to shoot from a high or low angle.

- Most importantly enjoy your day and relax. Your photographer will know exactly how to make you feel and look amazing!

Tiers of joy

Tiers of joy

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

A. Lis and Katie says: Naked, semi-naked, buttercream, fondant, drip, cascade and stacked. Baking terminology can be tricky to navigate especially when it comes to your big-day bake.

Our best advice would be to put together a moodboard and include some sweet treats which take your fancy.

The next part is the best – eat some cake! Do you prefer the taste and look of buttercream, frosting or fondant icing? This will help you narrow down suppliers.

Book a consultation with a professional who will be able to talk you through the process.

Groomed to perfection

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.

Mane attraction

Mane attraction

Q. I'd love to treat my three bridesmaids and have their hair done on my big day. What styles would look good for their mid-length to long locks?

A. Tara Johnston says: There are lots of options available for mid-length hair. If you've chosen a rustic country theme, then a half-up-half-down look with plaits either side, and fresh flowers would look wonderful.

A soft, unstructured, up do would suit most people, the curls create volume which is perfect for bridesmaids with textured locks.

If you're having a traditional theme in a stately home, a low bun with added height works well, and it's a style that can be tweaked to suit each person's needs. Adding ornamentation, like combs can beautifully finish off this classic and timeless look.

Keep in mind that certain dresses suit different hairstyles. Opt for various looks and remember your best girls don't have to look the same. Often the same style can look completely different on various heads. A good bridal hairstylist will be able to offer advice on what would suit your bride tribe best.

A picture of you

A picture of you

Q. My fiancée and I starting to look into which photography style we want – what are the big trends for 2019?

A. Ayshea Goldberg says: I've found for the past couple of years couples have been looking for a more relaxed style of photography. Whereas this wedding season they want images that tell a story in a very authentic way. They want to look back at their photos and know that their guests had a brilliant time too.

There's less of a requirement for formal portraits. Instead, lovebirds want to see themselves having fun, smiling and looking gorgeous on their big day.

The key for me as a photographer is to make the images appear effortless and natural. I find the perfect backdrop and prepare the area with additional lighting and props, so newlyweds walk in feeling like there's been no additional work done.

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