Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Surrey 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The best of both worlds
Q. My mum wants to wear a lace gown, but we're struggling to find a design that we both like. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Dee Brain says: It may be possible that the garment of your dreams isn't available this season. I suggest that you both sit down and come up with a compromise. Remember the most important thing is that your mum feels wonderful and looks forward to wearing the garment. Afterall, it would be a shame to spend money on something neither of you are really happy with.
A passion for fashion
Q. I want my mother to feel fabulous on my big day. She's recently lost a lot of weight and doesn't feel confident about how she looks. What style of dress would you suggest to give her a boost?
A. Dee Brain says: If your mum has lost a lot of weight, then it may take a while for her to get used to her new shape and feel confident.
* Encourage her to experiment and try clothes that are different to what she usually wears. Look at a variety of designs and styles until she finds something that makes her feel comfortable.
* I recommend 991441 by Ronald Joyce, 70954 by Condici or ISC 966 by Inspirato. Mother-of-the-bride specialist
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.
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.
Q. How can I add a splash of colour to my wedding day?
A. Beverley Edmondson says: Firstly, I'd think about what your mum feels comfortable in and the colours that suit her, if you put her in shades that don't work with her colour palette, it's not going to suit her or make her feel amazing, any unsureness in what she is wearing will also show in the wedding pictures. If she really wants to wear a colourful outfit, be careful not to strip out the important parts of her personality, she still needs to look and feel like herself and like your mum.
Maybe a neutral background dress with bright floral pattern would work well; then with the accessories she can pick up on the brighter tones to give her a pop of colour but with the background still tying with the bridal party.
You can always get shoes and a handbag dyed to match the contrast colour hat as well (we offer this service).
Alternatively, statement headwear in the tones of your bridal party will give your mum that bolder look, headwear doesn't need to be traditional, a statement headpiece on the right person will make them stand out but in an elegant understated way. It's not always about being the brightest, subtle tones can also be a statement in their own right, just make sure the tones work against your mum's skin tones and makes her glow.
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