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FAQs and 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

Let It Flow

Let It Flow

Q I absolutely love the look of a champagne tower. How can I coordinate this on the day without it being a total disaster?
A Lorna Perrin says: My top tips to the question about how to coordinate a champagne pour on a wedding day are:

Selecting correct glassware: Use coupe glasses, they're wide and shallow; ideal for creating a stable and visually appealing tower. Ensure glasses are clean and free of any chips.

Use chilled glasses: Chill the glasses in advance so the champagne stays cold once poured.

Practice: Have a practice run before the big day to determine the number of glasses needed. This will help avoid any mishaps during the actual event.

The base: The stability of the tower is essential to prevent any accidents. If you're having a tipi/marquee wedding where flooring is provided by a hire company, ensure it's entirely flat before building. If unsteady, have a wedding coordinator build the tower elsewhere or right before the pour.

Technique: All the best champagne towers are square in style; if you do this correctly, four glasses touching will create a diamond shape in the middle - key to creating a sturdy foundation.

The pour: Slowly pour from the top; tilting the bottle to prevent excessive foam and spillage.

Team effort: Consider having multiple people pour simultaneously to speed up the process; maintaining the stability.

Capture the moment: Have a photographer or videographer ready to capture the magical moment

Lorna Perrin, Lorna Marie Events

Rain on my parade

Rain on my parade

Q We want an outside wedding, but are worried about the unpredictable weather. How can we ensure our guests enjoy the day without getting soaked?
A Georgina Bennett says: No matter where you get married, the weather is the one thing you can't control. Instead of thinking about the 'what ifs', it's best to go into your day with the intention of enjoying every moment. It's such a special day for you and those closest to you that you should never let anything 'cloud your day'.

At Parklands we work closely with our couples in the planning process, and this covers contingencies, too. Often, we wait until the last moment to help you decide if you want to 'chance it' or move to Plan B. Our beautiful Pavilion has glass doors that open onto our gardens, bringing the outdoors in, and our Tabor Room offers spectacular views out to the Deer Park. Plus, if a little drizzle doesn't scare you, we've had some of the most beautiful couple shoots in the rain, with any good photographer prepared for a summer shower.

Georgina Bennett, Parklands at Quendon Hall

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