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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire 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@youryorkshire.wedding

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Snap happy

Snap happy

Q. Lots of photographers offer an engagement shoot but we're very camera shy and don't know if it's for us. What are the benefits?

A. Charlotte Clemie says: While it's certainly not essential to have an engagement shoot, if you're particularly anxious about having your picture taken, then it's a great way to get over the nerves and give you one less thing to worry about on the day. These shoots are a chance for us to talk through a few poses for the wedding and for you to see how I work and how quickly I can put you at ease in front of the lens.

Many newlyweds-to-be use their shots on their save-the-date cards or on their wedding website, which is exactly what the couple pictured did. Believe it or not the groom was very anxious beforehand. However, you can see how relaxed and natural he is in these images.

If you choose not to have an engagement shoot, then when it comes to the big day try not to overthink it. Time will fly by so quickly and often your couple shots are the only chance to get away from the madness for a little quiet time! This is why it's important to not only choose a professional because you like their style, but also because you get a good feeling about them as a person. For an image to look natural you need to connect with your photographer as they guide you through poses that suit you both. My clients often come back to me and say that the couple shots were one of their favourite parts of the day.

Always remember that often the most dreamy-looking pictures are in fact the most staged, so trust your chosen expert and you'll have photos to cherish forever.

A slice of the action

A slice of the action

Q. We want a real showstopper of a cake; what styles do you recommend to give impact?

A. Heidi Banks says: The modern wedding cake is often one of the main talking points of the day, and there are lots of decisions to be made about styles and flavour options. The question is: what gives a cake the wow factor?

To ensure an impressive and dramatic look, we believe each tier should be at least five inches high and the edges on a fondant cake need to be sharp and clean. This modern four-tier creation is the perfect example; the tiers have no decoration other than the rings of gypsophila, yet it looks stunning when in situ at the venue. Attention to detail is vital on a design like this, and we always make sure we exceed the expectations of our customers.

It's important for your bake to taste just as good as it looks. There are so many delicious flavour combinations available to impress friends and family with, and we work closely with our brides and grooms in tasting sessions to ensure they have the perfect cake to suit their special day.

Feelin' good

Feelin' good

Q. My friend has suggested I try a pilates class with her to help me prepare for my wedding. How will it help me?

A. Lyndsay Hirst says: There are lots of ways pilates can benefit the soon-to-be newlywed. One of its key principles is concentration. This means you have to focus on how your body is moving so that it takes your mind off any wedding stresses and gives you time to focus on yourself. This combined with breathing exercises makes it a very relaxing workout.

You'll find it works to strengthen the core and postural muscles. It teaches you how to hold the lower abdominal area and build tone around your tummy, pelvis, hips and shoulders. This helps you to stand correctly, which can completely transform your posture.

The other great thing about working the core muscles is a reduction in back pain. If this is something you're prone to, then the last thing you want is to be suffering on your special day.

Pomp and ceremony

Pomp and ceremony

Q. We're having a humanist wedding, but with no limitations we don't know where to start. What are your favourite aspects to include?

A. Lisa Bourne says: I'm currently planning a wedding for a couple who were stuck for ideas, so when they mentioned that they love gin, and the fact their nuptials are being held in a botanical garden, we knew a gin ceremony was perfect! As well as being creative, there's meaning in the action; the blending of ingredients symbolises the two lives that are now inseparable.

Here are a few of my other favourite ideas:

❤ Sandblending ceremony. This is the act of pouring different coloured sand into a container so the grains can't be unpicked and multiple people can be involved. It makes a great keepsake of the day.

❤ Seed ceremony. The couple pour different seeds into a container so they mix together and can be given out as favours to their guests. It symbolises new beginnings and the growth and care that's needed to nurture a marriage.

❤ Herbs and spices ceremony. Great for those who love cooking, newlyweds make their own bespoke mix so they can cook for friends and family after the big day.

❤ Button ceremony. Vintage lovers and crafty types will love this idea. The pair ask guests to bring a button to add to a jar, which can then be used to decorate thank you cards or décor around the home. The buttons represent holding things together.

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