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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


Dream theme

Dream theme

Q. There are so many different wedding styles out there – how do we narrow it down and find what's right for us?

A. Michelle Broom says: The first rule of thumb is to find your venue. This is always a good first step towards choosing the feel of your day as well as your palette. For example, if your reception room has a prominent colour, you'll need to work with it rather than against it.

Tones for yourself and the bridal party are next. Once you have chosen your outfit and your bridesmaids' dresses, you will find that these will guide you into a colour theme. From there, the flowers and decor will fall into place. These simple steps will lead you to a perfectly styled day.

Michelle Broom, Occasions & Celebrations




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