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Expert advice about wedding planning

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




Q. We're getting married in December, but don't want a full-on Christmas theme. How do we get a festive feel without it being over the top?

A. Michelle Broom says: December weddings don't have to be all about tinsel and crackers. We have styled many festive weddings over the years and I always ask my couples, “What is the true meaning of Christmas to you?” Most people say family, friends and the warmth that surrounds them at the most magical time of year.

With that in mind, we like to create weddings that give them that feeling. Starting with short centrepieces that keep the tables intimate and sociable. For the florals, we love warm tones with lush green winter foliage, berries and pine cones, all of which have that wonderful Christmassy scent. Add some candlelight and our starlit backdrop for some added sparkle, and you'll have the most wonderful love-filled December wedding – without the baubles!

Michelle Broom,Occasions & Celebrations


Glitz and glam

Glitz and glam

Q. We're having a glamorous, black-tie wedding. How would you style this and what props do you suggest to bring a bit of sparkle?

A. Gemma Waters says: When a couple come to us wanting ideas for this type of wedding I get so excited –this is what Fairytale Finishes does best! Transforming a room hasn't got to blow the budget, and sometimes just one or two striking features can create a dazzling, glam feel to a space.
We always recommend our towering, brightly lit 5ft LED letters that can spell out your name, with optional 2ft illuminated MR & MRS letters. Our curly willow table skirts twinkle with built-in fairylights and never fail to bring some subtle glitz to a room when dressing the top table and cake table.
If you're looking to go grand, then opt for our ivory thrones complete with diamanté crystals for the perfect finishing touch.

Gemma Waters




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?

Hayley Bunting


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.

Claire Bannister




Q. We'd love to wed al fresco but there's so much to plan. What are the key things to remember when organising an outdoor wedding?

A. Nat Browning says: The most important thing to remember is to enjoy every moment. Whether you choose a grand country house, a hotel or an outdoor wedding, it should be fun, creative and the best day of your life.

There's no denying that tying the knot outside involves lots of different aspects – think marquees, toilets, generators etc – and it can potentially hold many hidden costs. At Browning Bros we have a tipi or marquee in situ, luxury washrooms, mains electricity and glamping accommodation. We also have 10 acres of natural beauty from lakeside views to pretty woodland, and celebrations can last all weekend. We provide all the basic infrastructure so that you can enjoy planning the finer details such as decoration, flowers and which cocktails to have on the menu!

Another issue to contend with is the weather. However, we have lots of undercover space so that should the weather be unsettled everyone will still have an amazing time.

Nat Browning


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!

Carina Ioannou