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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: Wedding Planning Dilemmas

Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas

Colour pop!

Colour pop!

Q. We’re having a bright and colourful wedding. In what ways can we incorporate this into our cake design?

A. Gordon Harwood says: The options to add different colours into your bake are vast. How about making each tier a different flavour and hue? Or to make a real splash, choose a rainbow effect to really make your loved ones smile!

Consider what you’ve chosen for your day. Perhaps you could find a colour from your flowers, table settings or bridesmaids’ dresses to pick up in the icing to coordinate all elements. Do you have a theme? Whether it’s an outdoorsy wedding or you’re having a Marvel Comics motif, ask your cake maker to incorporate this into the design for a real showstopper.

You could opt for a reveal cake.This is a style that keeps on giving as from the front it’s a grown-up, stylish design to tie in with the setting, while the other side is a more whacky style – it’s perfect for giving the wow factor!

Bohemian dreams

Bohemian dreams

Q. What dress styles and accessories should I consider for my boho-themed wedding?

A. Carla Lynch says: This look is all about a relaxed and natural feel. Think bare feet and fresh flower crowns with a romantic, free-flowing gown. Of course, you don't have to stick with this image of a bohemian bride. Flats, sandals or heels with a floral tiara, headdress or some perfectly placed gypsophila may be just the right amount of boho for you.

As for the dress, being comfortable and showing your natural beauty is all you need to focus on; so choose what you feel best in, whether that's lace, silk or a simple flowing material. Sleeves are often a desired look for a hippie-chic wedding – try a soft bell, capped or lace sleeve. If you fall for a strapless dress, then a seamstress would be able to create sleeves for you and personalise your outfit perfectly.



Q. We're going on honeymoon in February. What warm locations do you suggest for both action and relaxation?

A. Karen Slater says: February is one of the best months to visit the Maldives. These magical islands in the Indian Ocean are a honeymooners' paradise. There's watersports in abundance, delicious cuisine and the world's most luxurious spas. You could combine time here with a week in Sri Lanka visiting unforgettable places such as an elephant sanctuary.

Dubai will offer you everything you want combined with first-class service and true luxury. Alternatively, go west to the Caribbean and enjoy such vibrant islands as St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Antigua, to name but a few. The weather in these places is amazing in February, especially in contrast to ours!

Luscious locks

Luscious locks

Q. We're having an intimate wedding on Valentine's Day. What soft, romantic hairstyles would work best?

A. Andrea Hunt says: Whether it's tousled curls, soft waves or an up do with floral embellishment, the options for your theme are almost endless. To narrow it down, think about the style of your dress. You wouldn't want a sleek Audrey Hepburn-style chignon with a laid-back gown. Talk to your stylist as soon as you have found your dress to coordinate your look. While there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to a romantic hairstyle, brides should aim to keep things soft and relaxed. Imagine loose curls or wispy texturised up dos. Feel free to accessorise with delicate sparkle or seasonal flowers.

To get your locks wedding-ready, plan regular trims to avoid split ends and unruly frizz, and book your colour at least two weeks in advance to allow time for changes if needed. There are some fantastic treatments available for deep conditioning or keratin-infused remedies for unbelievable condition and shine.