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Ask the experts

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 Dilemmas

Our experts solve your dilemmas

WOW colours

WOW colours

Q. I love bright colours, but how do I incorporate them into my wedding without it looking messy and over-the-top?

A. Claire Bannister says: Here are some tips on how to inject colour into your day:
- Be choosey. Try not to have too many colours flying around or it can look disorganised. Having two or three complementing shades is the best way to keep things bright yet stunning.
- Don't feel pressured to wear white. White might not be the best hue for you, in fact, only people with a certain tone can really wear pure white. You may like to wear a completely different colour, but variations of white such as oyster, cream, ivory or dove grey might be a better shade for you.
- Get advice from professionals. Have your colours analysed before you go shopping. Use your new knowledge to help you make informed decisions on your wedding dress, flowers, accessories, make-up and honeymoon clothes.
- Opt for a bright bouquet. Add impact with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Even holding colours that suit our skin close to our face will brighten the complexion. Opt for something that's not too heavy or overpowering.
- Tread carefully. Incredible shoes in a wow colour are a great way to make a subtle but clear statement under your dress.
- Say no to matchy matchy. Your wedding party doesn't need to completely match. Chose two colours that complement each other from your season palette or have a range of similar tones so there is coordination but still individuality.
- Show that bling. Everyone will want to see your ring so make sure you have perfectly manicured nails. If your colour analysis shows you're a warm season (autumn or spring) then choose a warm colour. Summer and winter palettes should choose cooler tones.



Q. My fiancé and I both travel with work and we're struggling to find time to squeeze in wedding prep. What are your top tips to get our big-day planning in order?

A. Hayley Bunting says: While it's tempting to jump straight into viewing potential venues, investing a little time beforehand confirming your budget and creating a draft guest list will ensure that you have the essential information needed to shortlist venues to meet your requirements. Securing your suppliers can also be time consuming. Hours can be lost stalking social media platforms and websites. However, family and friends who have recently tied the knot are often keen to share their supplier lists, saving hours of research! You could also ask for recommendations from the experts you've already booked. Wedding professionals work with like-minded creatives on a daily basis, making them an ideal source of information. I know it's hard to delegate but sharing tasks from your to-do list is an excellent time-saving idea. If you have a particularly organised friend, why not ask them to take control of your RSVP and dietary requirement management? You could also ask your maid-of-honour to book bridal party attire appointments. Whatever tasks you decide to assign, sharing the workload is a great way to include your loved ones in your planning journey. If you're really finding it hard, why not pass the baton on to a qualified and experienced wedding planner leaving you to enjoy the excitement of the wedding build-up?

Tying the knot

Tying the knot

Q. We don't know where to start with our celebrant-led company. Do you have any suggestions for what we could include?

A. Shelley Bell says: It's great you've chosen a celebrant to lead your wedding, as it opens up your choices and enables you to be creative with the structure of your ceremony. However, this can be overwhelming when it comes to making decisions. A trained professional will be able to guide you through some ideas of what to include, and you can still incorporate traditional aspects such as exchanging vows and rings, the announcement of marriage and sealing the deal with a kiss, which always makes a great photo! You might choose to include talented family members or friends. Someone could sing you into the ceremony, you may want fire jugglers to lead you out or a friend could read a poem. You could even ask a loved one to pay tribute to what they admire about your relationship. Celebrant ceremonies can involve the whole congregation. How about a ring-warming? This is where the wedding bands are passed around your guests for them to imbue them with good wishes. You could also have a giant handfasting - a demonstration of unity and community. My advice would be to start with your celebrant. Research the training and experiences of professionals in your area, then meet or Skype them for an informal chat to discuss ideas. If you feel your personalities suit and they understand what you're trying to achieve, then you can get to work on building the ceremony of your dreams.

Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Q. Our wedding has crept up on us very quickly! How do we give our barn venue the rustic look we've been aiming for in time and on budget?

A. Arran Harding says: The great news is a barn venue is simple to dress as most of the work in creating the vintage look is done for you. There are some simple things that can be done to enhance and continue the theme, without breaking the bank.

Hessian and lace look great on both a covered or uncovered chair, and a matching table runner will complement the look perfectly. Add a simple log slice to the centre of each of your tables and decorate with an assortment of jars, candles, fairylights and pretty flowers. The end result will look amazing and won't cost the earth.

I'd also recommend a naked or semi-naked cake. You'll find most cake designers will charge less for this style and it'll be a showstopping addition to your setting.

There are lots of simple and cost-effective ways to get your dream wedding, and packages like this can be tailored and provided by us to make planning a breeze.