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Hot topic: Wedding queries

Our experts solve your problems

Winter romance

Winter romance

Q. My hubby-to-be and I are worried about having our pictures taken on our big day. We're not the best posers but would love a few snaps in the venue's wintry grounds. What would you suggest we do?

A. Fiona Ingvarsson says: It's actually pretty easy to overcome your fear. To get the best results, simply concentrate on your hands and feet. Our natural response is to stand stiff and frozen because we're concentrating too much on getting the perfect picture. By shifting our weight from one foot to another, we create mobility in our hips and feet.

Here is a little experiment for you: Next time you're standing, take note of how you stand. Better still, the next you go for a wedding dress fitting, stand in front of the mirror and look at how shifting your weight from one foot to the other affects the movement in your lower body. What does it do to your hips and how does it create a shape in your gown?

Once you feel comfortable with your feet, you can start to think about your hands. These are generally awkward and need something to do, so by giving them a purpose, they can actually make us feel more relaxed. Just by resting your hands on your thighs, hips or groom's chest can make all the difference.

It may seem like there are a lot of posing techniques to remember, but your photographer will know how to create beautiful portraits and everything will fall into place.

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q. We're getting ready to book our big-day entertainment, but we're a bit nervous about booking someone online that we've never met. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Paul Holgate says: It can be worrying booking an entertained without meeting them first. To help, I've put together my top tips to help you find the perfect supplier.

❤ Start looking for local entertainers, either to you or your venue.

❤ Ask for recommendations from a trusted source.

❤ Most acts will perform at wedding showcases, so ask where and when you can see them live.

❤ If your chosen act is too far away, request a live, unedited video call and ask for some past clients that you can contact.

❤ Look for references to gigs where a certain level of audition would have been required, for example, Warner Leisure Hotels or Butlins.

❤ It may be worth travelling to see your supplier if entertainment is going to be a key part of your day.

❤ A good talent agent should also be able to help.

Baby, it's cold outside

Baby, it's cold outside

Q. I'm having a winter wedding, and my mum wants to wear something that will tie in with our theme. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Dee Brain says: The most obvious option would be the colour. If your mum leaves it too late, then she may not be able to find the hue or size she wants. Alternatively, she could incorporate a particular shade into her hat or corsage. The most important thing to remember is she needs to feel comfortable with what she's wearing and loves the garment she's chosen.

Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

Q. We're having a Christmas wedding and want to incorporate the season into our photographs. Do you have any ideas of how we can capture wintry images?

A. Denise Winter says: Winter is a great time of year to get married as most venues will be decorated already, not just with a tree but with beautiful candles and fairylights. Most have outside lighting too, which you can use to capture stunning images with a festive feel.

It's party time

It's party time

Q. We're having a large wedding and are thinking of hiring a marquee. What should we take into consideration before booking?

A. Caroline Donaldson-Sinclair says: Hiring a marquee provides you with endless options that are only limited by your budget and space. The first thing you should take into consideration is how much you want to spend and what space can you utilise?

It's a common misconception that 'a tent' is a budget-friendly option. A marquee at its most basic is a sturdy, weather-proof, heated or air-conditioned space, that can include multiple rooms, solid or glass walls, clear roofs, solid floors, decks and balconies.

Any restriction on the size of the marquee is dependent, not only on the actual ground space, but also on access and the state of the ground. Marquees can be built on slopes, with solid floors that can be levelled or raised, but remember all of these things have a knock-on effect on the budget.

Once you've decided on a size and location, this is where the fun begins. The interior can be decorated in a myriad of ways using different styles of lining, lighting and furnishings. You may choose to have different rooms for dining, dancing and lounging etc. During the summer months, you could also have an exterior deck decorated with sofas and firepits.

However, you decide to proceed, begin by picking up the phone to an expert marquee company that offers a consultative approach to design rather than an off-the-peg standard box. This way you can encapsulate your vision, and use their expertise to create a bespoke extravaganza.