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Hot topic: Summer wedding dilemmas

Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas

Wedding paradise

Wedding paradise

Q. How do I create a tropical vibe for my summer nuptials?

A. Katherine Armstrong Bisson says: This theme calls for dramatic flowers in a bright, rich colour palette. I adore proteas, ananas (pineapples) and strelitzias (bird of paradise). All of these have a presence that demand attention, especially as they're not normally seen at weddings. They have solid shapes so a little softening is needed when used in bouquets. Try surrounding these statement plants with delicate, exotic-looking blooms such as dendrobium orchids, gloriosa lilies, tuberosa and alstroemeria, all of which will give movement and also make great buttonholes.

Don't forget to add in tropical greenery such as palms, cheese plants, fatsias and philodendrons. These are all recognisable house plants that come from rainforests.

Showstopping centrepieces can be achieved simply and cost-effectively with items such as gladioli and fatsia leaves in tall glass vases. Most importantly though, don't hold back – go for bold and vibrant!

Delicious dishes

Delicious dishes

Q. What catering will suit my August marquee wedding?

A. Alice Falkingham says: When planning an outdoor event, your catering options are so exciting and varied. As a bespoke caterer, my first question to couples is always, “What do you like to eat?” Sociability is at the heart of each of our menus, and in summer you want your friends and family to be full of energy for dancing!

I'd suggest a series of tapas-style sharing plates so you can get adventurous with each course. Start with something light such as Italian meats and pickles before diving into a tasty fish course with crowd-pleasing options such as fishcakes or roast salmon. After that, indulge in steak sliders with blue cheese and rocket followed by a pork platter with sticky chorizo sausages, Asian pork shoulder confit and fresh raw mango salad on the side. Finish it all off with a selection of mini desserts.

You'll find that after this, your loved ones will have experienced a fabulous array of flavours, which flow seamlessly between courses. It's so relaxed and sociable – the perfect al fresco dining style.



Q. We've opted for a bohemian theme for our wedding but we're struggling with how to create a cosy, personal vibe. Help!

A. Sadie Baldwin says: Adding candles to your décor can change your venue from a blank canvas to a place that really invokes feeling. Scent is strongly associated with recollection and has a powerful impact on emotions, feelings and memories – so it's the perfect way to create a welcoming ambience.

Incorporate burning candles as table centrepieces and dot them around the room for a long-lasting scent-sation. Not only will the enticing flickering flames bring a romantic atmosphere, but also the scent will give lifelong memories. For a boho-chic look, opt for amber-coloured glass jars instead of clear.

Keep the fire burning by gifting your guests with the same candles as favours. For an extra special touch, why not take advantage of our personalised label service.

Green fingers

Green fingers

Q. We're trying to keep our big day as eco-friendly as possible. Where should we look for our flowers?

A. Meryl Clarke says: British flowers have around 10% of the carbon footprint of imported flowers. At Nodding Violets, I handpick all of our flowers so there's no packaging, no plastic used and all the blooms are grown without pesticides five minutes from my front door. We also have beehives next to the cutting patch, with bees busily working the nectar-filled blooms and butterflies in abundance. The plot is fed with manure from my neighbour's stables and my homemade compost. The key to our healthy soil is being pesticide-free.

I'm sure any British grower will follow a similar regime. It makes sense from an environmental point of view, and also logistically, to keep everything local. The result is our beautiful old-fashioned, gloriously scented blooms.

For your big day, I'd check out small, local growers or ask your florist to buy in British flowers. As well as being eco-friendly, you'll enjoy timeless, wonderfully scented meadow-style florals.