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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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Hot topic: Wedding dilemmas

Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas

Food for thought

Food for thought

Q. What should we consider when looking at caterers?

A. David Swade says: The wedding feast plays an important part in the day and you want it to be memorable. Here are our top tips for getting it right:

❤ Budget. A good caterer will work to your budget, whether modest or blowout, but you do need to know a figure before you discuss menu options. Simply divide your budget by the number of guests so you have a price per head to discuss with prospective suppliers.

❤ Format. Consider your preferred style and timetable for the day. Are you planning a seated meal or a buffet? Will you have two courses or three? Or something quirky like a hog roast?

❤ Quotes. It's a good idea to get quotes from three different companies. Make sure you have them in writing or by email, not just over the phone.

❤ Experience. Assuming you've already decided where you're tying the knot, make sure your chosen provider is familiar with it. Find out if they've worked there before and if they know how to get the best from the setting.

❤ Reviews. Your venue or friends may have recommendations for a caterer. You can also check online for testimonials and feedback. Consider the firm's credentials and the experience of the chef(s).

❤ Licences and certificates. Check the company has the appropriate legal requirements such as Food Hygiene from the Food Standards Agency and a licence to sell alcohol.

❤ Staff. When comparing quotes, find out how many staff the company is planning to provide. The higher the number, the better looked after your loved ones will be. Ask how many are employees and how many are drafted in for events. Remember, a professional team that works together all the time is likely to be slicker.

❤ Sampling. Good caterers will give you the opportunity to try selected dishes to help you make your choice.

❤ Instinct. If you find a firm to be responsive, friendly, willing to help and keen to make suggestions, then it's likely their passion and service will shine through on the day.

Caught on film

Caught on film

Q. A friend has recommend that we have a videographer, but we haven't budgeted for one. Should we cut back on other things to book one?

A. Mathew Horne says: It's often years of hard work, stress and planning that go into make your dream wedding a reality. A video is the perfect way to memorialise every aspect of it.

It allows you to remember the little things that you might otherwise forget, capture your family and friends in those heartwarming moments and record the speeches and vows that bring you to tears.

It might not be as costly as you think. A free consultation to discuss your needs can cut out any unwanted details that might bump up the price. This will allow you to re-live your day as often as you'd like, but without the worry of losing out on other important aspects. Lots of my customers say they didn't want to regret not having a video. Make sure you're confident in your decision – whether that's to book or not. Videography is often an afterthought that ends with the newlyweds saying, “I'm so glad we did it!”.

Planned to perfection

Planned to perfection

Q. With the pressures of full-time jobs, we're struggling to find some time to organise our big day. Is it worth investing in a wedding planner?

A. Andrea Matthews says: The simple answer is to ask someone who has hired one. If you don't know anyone who has, then check out planners' websites to research what services they provide and read their testimonials. Most professionals would be happy for you to contact their clients, should you wish.

With few up-front tangible benefits, it's sometimes difficult for couples to recognise how beneficial working with a planner can be. Most experts offer bespoke services that are based around full planning, venue and supplier sourcing, budgeting, partial planning, on-the-day coordination through to design and styling. You can hire one at any stage of your journey too, it might be right at the beginning to plan it from scratch or it might be later in the process when you just need management on the day. Some planners charge a percentage of the overall budget, whereas some have an hourly rate.

Every couple's needs are different. The main thing is whether they're suitable for you. Do they fit your style? Do you love what their clients say about them? Most importantly, are they a person you'd like to work with? You need to feel relaxed and confident that you've chosen the right expert for you.

Colour pop!

Colour pop!

Q. We're having a bright and bold theme for our wedding. What options are there to incorporate colour into our cake design?

A. Sophia Saleh says: There are many ways to add vibrant tones to your cake. The most popular way is through the addition of flowers. Cakes decorated with blooms and foliage are undeniable showstoppers and have been a staple of weddings since traditions began. There's an abundance of flowers to choose from so you're really spoiled for choice. Try a pop of colour with a small cluster of florals or have them cascading from top to bottom.

A good cake designer will also be a skilled sugar florist and can replicate almost any flower in sugar form. The best thing is, they won't wilt on the day and can be kept almost indefinitely as a keepsake if looked after properly.

If you're more daring, why not have your cake finished in a bright hue? The bake can be covered in traditional fondant icing, buttercream or even ganache that's been dyed to a specific colour. The current trend for buttercream art and painted cakes is growing and would work perfectly!