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Q. We've decided on a relaxed bohemian vibe for our wedding – but we've got no idea where to start with the styling. What do you suggest?
A. Andrea Matthews says: Whether you're a free-spirited wanderer or you're simply drawn to a carefree and relaxed style, when adopting this theme for your nuptials you should consider the type of styling you want. Would you like prominent, statement pieces or just subtle elements?
Start by thinking about your personalities. Are you an outdoorsy couple who embrace the hippie lifestyle or are you inspired by an unconventional theme but still want to retain a degree of luxury? This will guide you in your decisions.
Consider incorporating macramé into your design. A woven wedding arch or hanging dreamcatchers will add a gypsy-chic vibe to your setting. Mix with loose, wild flowers and plenty of foliage. Simple lighting and earthy tableware complete the look. For a pop of colour, bright origami decorations would look amazing.
If you want a touch of luxury, mix whimsical elements like flower crowns, pampas grass and feathers with gold candle holders, opulent linen and crystal glassware.
The key is to determine your theme early in the planning process and then appoint a fitting team of suppliers to bring your vision to life.
Q. We're having a barn wedding in March with lots of cosy touches. How can we reflect this in our invitations and on-the-day stationery?
A. Laura Birch says: March is a time of renewal. The trees and flowers are bursting into life providing gorgeous hues of silver-green, lavender, golden yellow and spring pink. This is set against a palette of grey and cream as the cold winter months fade. Your stationery design should reflect this, creating a warm and inviting feeling with a crisp, fresh finish.
A choice of white or natural beige would work well as a backdrop to pretty springtime pastels, interfaced with richly coloured fonts. Adding a hint of foil will give your stationery the cosy warmth needed, beautifully reflecting flickers of subdued lighting. To further enhance the theme, try adding little touches of ribbon, hessian or bunting.
Q. We're choosing lots of little touches for our wedding to show our love of nature but we're struggling to find invitations. Where can we find styles that reflect us as a couple?
A. Julia Eastwood says: At our little Yorkshire studio, creating something that's personal to you is at the heart of what we do. All of our collections can be tailored to your tastes. In particular, the Our Story range would be ideal; if a couple has a joint love of nature and cycling, we could create an illustration to represent this! We can incorporate up to seven different aspects reflecting a couples' interests and personalities, as well as the colour scheme, for something truly bespoke. Some nearlyweds even have specific flowers or leaves that they love, which can be woven in to the design.
Q. The world of wedding cakes is amazing but also pretty daunting! What do we need to look out for when choosing one?
A. Lisa Bradshaw says: When investing in your perfect bake, there are plenty of pitfalls to look out for. Here are my top fi ve mistakes to avoid:
❤ Flowers. You may have seen incredible designs incorporating fresh blooms, but before you request the same, make sure they're non-toxic. Some organic farmers are now growing fl owers specifi cally to safely decorate cakes. Also, check if your chosen fl orals are available on your wedding date? If not, you could opt for sugar or edible paper fl owers instead.
❤ Choose a professional designer. Auntie Betty or the lady down the road may make lovely cakes, but can they create what you want? A professional will know how to stack a fi ve-tier creation so it doesn't collapse. I've also heard of people getting so stressed before the event that they pull out the week before. There will be so many photographs taken of it that you want to make sure it's perfect.
❤ Setting up. You've given the design so much thought, but overlooked the set up on the day. Many cakes you see on Pinterest or in magazines are from styled shoots that have taken hours to photograph with props and custom-made cake stands. Display your bake for maximum impact with foliage, other sweet treats, and quirky signs to complement your theme.
❤ Try before you buy. Most professionals charge a small fee to cover the cost of their ingredients and time for a consultation; this is money well spent. It gives you a chance to discuss your likes and dislikes and get to know your supplier. Many companies will deduct the consultation fee from your fi nal bill if you book them.
❤ Delivery. Some couples decide to collect the cake themselves to save money. However, for a small amount extra your designer will personally deliver your beautiful cake and set it up at your venue. You may think your best friend can do this, but a professional knows how to transport and store a cake to ensure it arrives in perfect condition. Paying for delivery means one less stress on the day.