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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: Dilemmas

Our experts solve your dilemmas

Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Q. My partner and I are nervous in front of a camera. A friend suggested having an engagement shoot - is it worth biting the bullet and having one?

A. Emma Hammond says: Lots of couples feel anxious about this – it's not every day you're professionally photographed! While you may feel unsure about a pre-wedding shoot, it'll be a worthwhile investment of your time.

I promise it's not as scary as you might think, and you may even enjoy it. You get to spend quality time together and you'll have a beautiful memento at the end of it. Most importantly, you'll be practising for the big day. These shots allow you to get to know your chosen photographer, which will help you gain confidence in a relaxed environment with no pressure. It's perfect preparation for being in front of the lens on the most important day of your life.

Going green

Going green

Q. We're trying to make our wedding as eco-friendly as possible, but I'm struggling to find a dress that fits into this. What should I be looking for?

A. Sharyn Warner says: At Bridal Reloved Maldon, we sell pre-owned and ex-sample dresses. We embrace the eco-friendly ethos of no waste in both the production and ownership of a pre-loved gown.

By buying a pre-owned dress you'll have saved 10,000 litres of water, 10kg of carbon emissions and roughly the lengths of two London buses in fabric, as this is what goes into a new gown.

Our collection is in immaculate condition and can be altered to fit you perfectly by our amazing seamstress.

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas

Q. We're having a Christmas wedding. What colours would suit my bridesmaids to fit with the season?

A. Claire Bannister says: Once you've chosen your outfit, it's time to start thinking about the ladies who are going to be by your side. Remember that not all colours suit all skin tones, so you may want to choose different shades of the same colour for your best girls. Blues are a good example of this; warmer skin tones suit teal and cornflower, while cooler-toned skin will look radiant in Air Force blue.

The only hue that suits everyone is primary red, so consider choosing accents of this to brighten a neutral-coloured gown. Be careful with a full red dress as this may overpower the bride, but it would look wonderful for a Christmas theme.

Shawls or pashminas are a lovely way to keep warm and cosy and can add another dimension of colour and texture.

Feeling the fear

Feeling the fear

Q. As much as I'm excited about getting married, I keep getting overwhelmed at the thought of planning everything and making sure everyone's happy. What can I do to relax?

A. Jo Hanby says: Taking control and getting clarity helps to lessen feelings of stress and anxiety. I would suggest the following:

❤ Plan a timeline working backwards from your wedding date. Add deadlines or approximate dates for each item.
❤ Prioritise what you want to have, or to happen, on the day.
❤ Add other categories within this, with an A, B or C listing relevant to its priority and make sure you focus on the A list first.
❤ Delegate tasks where possible.

Fear can stand for False Expectations Appearing Real. Focus on what you know to be true and try not to exaggerate any worries. Make back-up plans where possible, but also accept that you can't control everything.

To help you relax, give yourself time for self-care and take regular breaks from planning to lower your stress levels. This means your reactions are from a calm and level approach, rather than a place of worry.

Don't forget, it's not your responsibility to ensure everyone has a good time – people choose their own thoughts and feelings. However, happiness and positive energy are contagious, so focus on what lights you up and you'll automatically attract more joy.