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Ask the experts

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: Planning SOS

Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas



Q. What factors do we need to consider when planning an outdoor wedding?

A. Samantha Robinson says: Here are our top tips for planning an al fresco celebration:

❤ Suppliers. You have more flexibility with this type of wedding, so choose wisely. Always check out reviews and testimonials to help you create the ultimate dream team.
❤ Food. There are less restrictions with outdoor weddings, so you can have exactly what you want – whether that’s fish and chips, pizzas, burgers or a three-course meal. We work with
some great caterers so can point you in the right direction. And don’t forget to take advantage of the tasting sessions!
❤ Decorations. A tent or tipi is a blank canvas to be styled any way you choose. If you love DIY, you’ll be in your element. If you’re not so creative, like me, then we have some amazing stylists on board who will take the stress away from you.
❤ Weather. This is one thing that’s out of our control, but I can honestly say that some of our best wedding stories and photographs involve rain! In fact, the sound of raindrops on canvas is very romantic and gives a lovely ambience. Our authentic Scandinavian tipis are made to withstand all
temperatures and we have open fires and heaters to make them nice and cosy.
❤ The serious stuff. You may have found your dream setting, but you need to make sure it’s suitable. We provide a site visit to ensure it’s appropriate for your big day and to look for things
you may not have thought of, such as underground cables. It’s also important to see where you would like the tipis placed to help you visualise and turn your dream into reality.
❤ Don’t forget. Not as exciting as food or decor, but possibly two of the biggest necessities are electricity and toilet facilities. Lots of venues now have these on site, but if not, we can source these for you.

Fantasy florals

Fantasy florals

Q. What are the latest wow-factor floral trends that we can incorporate into our day?

A. Emma Turner says: The colour trend for most of this year has been leaning heavily towards pastel tones, but recently we've seen couples incorporating a coordinating pop of colour to stand out. Blousy blooms in vibrant, decadent colours are a sure-fire way to leave a lasting impression on your loved ones.

In terms of arrangements, bigger statement pieces that you can use throughout the day are proving popular. Think big floral arches to wed under, which can then be transported and used behind the top table, then again as a selfie backdrop in the evening. You could also consider tall table centrepieces, which are used to line the aisle first. This is a great way of getting the look you want while being economical.

Deck the halls

Deck the halls

Q. How do we create a traditional, cosy Christmas theme with our styling and props without it looking over-the-top?

A. Jen Sawdon-McKay says: Christmas weddings are some of my favourite to style. My clients often ask me how to create a festive feel without it being too flashy or traditional.

My advice would be to choose a definitive palette to use throughout the day and try not to go overboard. Frosty blues paired with white and silver can be just as seasonal as the classic red, green and gold.

If you want a traditional look, opt for greenery. Use lots of ferns and spruces as your base, then you can either glam it up with gold accents or introduce white and natural elements to give it a Nordic vibe.

JEN'S TOP TIP: You can never have too many candles!

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

Q. We'd love to get married outside, but we've found out it's not legally recognised. What are our options?

A. Piers Lane says: There's something really special about being outdoors for your wedding ceremony, isn't there? A summer meadow, the grounds of a stately home, a peaceful woodland, or simply a special family garden – being outside allows you to say your vows in a setting that's romantic, timeless and deeply personal. But you're right, the law in England and Wales states that a legal marriage ceremony cannot take place outside. Problem? Not necessarily! Look at it this way – when a baby is born, the birth is registered before a christening or naming ceremony, in the same way that you can separate the legal registration of your marriage from your ceremony.

Unless you choose to make more of it, the legal occasion can be short with only a couple of witnesses. This means you can save your vows, exchange of rings and any other elements you'd like to include for your al fresco ceremony.

As a professional celebrant, it's been my privilege to create and lead many outdoor weddings – under ancient trees, by lakes, on hilltops, in vineyards and in private gardens. There are so many options to explore.