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Hot topic: Summer weddings

Experts answer your summer wedding worries

Deliciously tempting

Deliciously tempting

Q. How can we reflect our summer wedding theme in our big-day menu choices?

A. Dani May-McCallum says: Using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce is a really good way of reflecting the time of year in your wedding day.

To me, nothing says “summer wedding” more than dining in laid-back luxury with your favourite people, and our grazing tables are just the solution. Grazing tables and sharing platters are such a great way to create moments of sheer indulgence and showcase all of your seasonal produce, encouraging your guests to feast with abandon. Showstopping styled tables are laden with local and speciality cheeses, cured meats, hand-crafted quiches and pies, artisan breads and crackers, local honey, edible flowers, homemade chutneys and relishes and fresh seasonal salads, vegetables and fruits – such as figs, tomatoes, pomegranates and berries to name a few. To follow, I'd recommend serving our delicious gooey and silky sharing pavlovas, topped with fresh cream and seasonal berries – I can just taste the summer now.”

Mum's the word

Mum's the word

Q. My mum would love a traditional mother-of-the-bride outfit but she's worried about being hot at our August wedding – what do you suggest?

A. Dee Brain says: Firstly. If the weather is unsuitable, photographs can be taken indoors, just as the Royal Family do. They don't have to be taken outside where it may be too hot or cold. Your photographer can look at the venue beforehand to choose a suitable area.

Other options would be to choose a dress and jacket making sure that the dress will stand alone if it's too hot to wear the jacket. Or go for a beautiful dress and layer it, if necessary, with a quality pashmina.

Recommendations: Stand alone dresses, Condici 70954, 70931, 11341 or Ispirato ISC808. Dress and jackets, Condici 11340, 70916 (shown) or Ispirato ISC966.

Child's play

Q. For our summer wedding how can we keep the little ones entertained and in one area of our venue's grounds – I don't want the worry of children wandering off!

A. Susie Young says: We'd suggest having a designated children's area. Our magical tents can be styled to your wedding colours and come filled with games, toys, craft activities, hula hoops, circus skills, bubbles and fun to keep children very happy.

Our DBS checked childcare team can be on-site working to OFSTED ratios to ensure nobody escapes, whilst leading little ones on treasure hunts and setting up challenges and races.

Alternatively, a magician, glitter facepainter or balloon artist is always a big hit.

In the evening, we find children will be tired after a busy day, and a movie with blankets, hot chocolate and popcorn gives them respite from their parents' dancing!

Whether it's for a few hours or available for the whole day, parents at weddings are always super appreciative of being able to have some adult only time at weddings to catch up with friends, hear the speeches and be able to enjoy all of the details you have planned and created.

Summer sun

Summer sun

Q. We're tying the knot in August and although this will be lovely for having the images outside we're worried about the look of the photos and guests in bright sunshine if they all have their sunglasses on! What do you advise?

A. James Slade says: I find that natural/documentary-style photographs of wedding guests wearing sunglasses can add to the story of your day, it just shows how lovely your wedding was and makes for better pictures than squinty eyes. This being said, it's essential that the sunglasses are removed for the formal group shots. To avoid the “sun in the eyes” look, I make sure the guests aren't facing the sun and fill the photo with the flash on my camera, this way all harsh shadows are removed and all the guests are comfortable without having to wear their sunglasses.

All day and night

All day and night

Q. How can I ensure my make-up stays in place all day for our summer wedding?

A. Jana Jurakova says: As a make-up artist with oily skin, I've tried everything on myself over the years so I have a few useful tips for you!

❤ The base or primer for oily skin like mine is very important. I have two favourites: Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and Bobby Brown Primer Plus Mattifier.

❤ Then you need a good quality foundation and I highly recommend Esteé Lauder Double Wear – Stay In Place Makeup. For normal or dry skin I use Lancôme La Base Pro Smooth Perfecting Makeup Primer and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

❤ To keep your skin matte for all day you also need a good powder that you can apply anytime you like. I carry my powder with me all the time and I prefer Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder by Wunder2.

❤ Once we have a nice matte layer we have to make sure the eye make-up will last just as long. From my experience it doesn't matter too much which eyeshadow you're going to use but make sure that you use a cream on the eye lid as a base. I recommend using Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream.

❤ If you're going to use eyeliner then the best one for me is MAC – Pro Long Wear Gel Liner and I've been using this one for years!

❤ Are you thinking more natural and not using fake eyelashes? I recommend any waterproof mascara.

❤ Lets finish the whole bridal make-up with beautiful lips. It all depends if you're a fan of lipstick or more of a lip gloss lady? I normally use long-lasting lipsticks for my brides, not just for summer weddings. I recommend Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipsticks. For lip gloss, try Clinique Long Last Glosswear. I hope my tips were useful dear future brides,enjoy your summer weddings with stunning make-up on!

Summer florals

Summer florals

Q. How can we reflect our summer theme with our flower choices?

A. Beverley Voss says: Summer is the most popular time of year to get married and the floral choices available is fabulous. Soft, romantic and ethereal with porcelain, ivory and blush pink tones, or the bold colour palette of vibrant hot colours to reflect the bright sunshine during the summer months with golden orange, cerise, purple, scarlet, cobalt blue and lime green – the choices are endless.

Roses are considered to be the summer wedding flowers and my favourites are the scented garden roses Yves Piaget, Keira, Juliet, White O'hara, Prince Jardiner, all so romantic, perfect for a beautiful bride.

Alternative English summer flowers are heavenly scented peonies, my personal favourites are Duchesse de Nemours, Shirley Temple and Madame Claude Tain, the perfect wow-factor flowers; combine these with exquisite roses, sweetpeas, jasmine and stephanotis, not forgetting the addition of folige and lavender, with herbs of mint, rosemary, sage and verbena.