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FAQs and expert advice about wedding services

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

A touch of frost

A touch of frost

Q We're getting married this winter and want to transform our venue into a winter wonderland. Do you have any suggestions of how we can incorporate our theme into the big day?
A Jane MacDonell says: A really popular idea for a winter wonderland theme is to incorporate lots of white, silver or ice blue for the chair decor and table centrepieces together with lots of tea lights and candles to decorate your wedding venue. If your budget allows, extra finishing touches like charger plates and diamante brooches on your chairs are a really lovely touch.

Jane MacDonell, Exquisite Wedding & Event Services

Puppy love

Puppy love

Q We want our dog at our wedding, but aren't sure how to transport him – or who will care for him on the day. Do you have any suggestions?
A Rebecca Cater says: You can absolutely have your fur baby at your wedding! Hiring a professional dog chaperone service can help to solve any worries you may have. A professional to be your dog's plus one ensures that their every need is catered for before, during and after your wedding. Having a service on hand specifically for your dog also means that you and guests can enjoy the wedding and the joy having a dog there brings, without worrying about glamorous things like transport, feet wiping and poo picking! We can walk your dog, feed him, help with greeting the guests, provide transport and even overnight care, as well as being on hand to help with getting those all-important snaps! Having dogs at weddings is becoming more and more popular, with many venues now allowing them to be involved in some, if not all, of your wedding, so if you do decide to hire a professional chaperone make sure you get them booked early!

Rebecca Cater, Woofs & Weddings

Sweep stake

Sweep stake

Q My mum is going on about us getting a chimney sweep to attend our wedding as she's adamant it's tradition. What's she going on about?
A Dave Coxell says: The tradition of the lucky chimney sweep goes back to the 18th century – King George III was riding through London in a parade, when his horse bolted. A London chimney sweep grabbed the reins and saved the King, who deemed that all chimney sweeps would be considered lucky from then on. The tradition remains that shaking hands with a sweep or receiving a kiss on the cheek, especially on a wedding day, will bring luck and love to the married couple. The Queen even had a lucky chimney sweep at her wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947! At Ashes & Smoke Chimney Sweeping, we love carrying on this fabulous tradition and are lucky enough to get invited to appear at many weddings in Essex. We mingle with guests, pose for photos and gift the happy couple a Lucky Sweep's Charm and certificate of luck.

Dave Coxell, Ashes & Smoke Chimney Sweeping

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