Expert advice about wedding planning

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


Keep calm and plan on

Keep calm and plan on

Q. I'm finding wed-min quite stressful alongside working from home. How can I enjoy it instead of finding it a chore?

A. Hazel Walshaw says: It can be overwhelming when our minds are not focused on one task and we keep getting pulled away to other things. You're working, but you're planning too, and it's hard to pay full attention to either.

It helps to segment your day. While doing your day job, avoid any wedding-related tasks such as supplier emails, scrolling through Pinterest, etc. During your lunch break or in the evening, schedule in a slot of time to answer wedding emails and research ideas.

It helps to make a list of what you want to achieve in your wed-min that week, and make sure you prioritise what needs to be done. Short-term effort is much easier to manage and you'll feel like you're making progress without it being a chore.

Hazel Walshaw,Mindful Wedding Coach


Keep calm and plan on

Keep calm and plan on

Q. After all the excitement of getting engaged, we're now totally lost when it comes to the planning. Can you give us a checklist of what we need to consider?

A. Hazel Walshaw says: Firstly, take your time and don't panic. There's a lot to do but you don't want to get overwhelmed. Here are some points to consider…

- Decide on your budget and allocate amounts to different aspects of the wedding. - Think about your guest list. This will have an effect on your budget and the size of venue you'll need.

- Visit and choose a venue, then get your date booked.

- Book your ceremony or registrar for the same day.

- If you're having a civil ceremony, you can give notice at your local registry office from 12 months prior to the wedding.

- Send save-the-dates, if you wish.

- Start to get ideas for the theme, style and colour of your day.

- Source suppliers such as a photographer, florist, caterer etc., and check they're available.

- If your dress is being made-to-order, you'll need at least six months' lead time.

- Once all your main suppliers are booked, you can start to look at the finishing touches.

- Send your invitations two or three months before the wedding.

Hazel Walshaw,Love To Marry


Style it out

Style it out

Q. From children and Insta-obsessed teenagers to more traditional older relatives, how do we make sure our wedding appeals to all our loved ones?

A. Tammy Howard says: To get everyone's attention, try something a bit different. Traditional but with a twist will stand out from other weddings. An alternative Instaworthy backdrop would be amazing for your guests to take photos in front of. Make your table decor interesting and exciting by thinking outside the box.

Why not try bold colours like in this photo? We teamed bright shades, light-up letters, beautiful table decor and personalised stationery in a rustic setting to really give the wow factor.

Give a personal touch to elements of your day by working with your suppliers to find things that reflect you and your partner. The work you put into the finer details will create something unique to you, which will leave a lasting impression of your magical day for your guests.

Tammy Howard,Howards Events


Perfectly planned

Perfectly planned

Q. My partner and I travel a lot for work and we're finding it impossible to find time for wedding planning. My friend suggested hiring a planner, but is it worth it?

A. Chloe Hought says: With an overwhelming amount to plan and a busy schedule on the day itself, wed-min can be a daunting prospect. As wedding planners, our main role is to be there for you and ease the pressure. We'll be on hand throughout the journey, offering as much or as little assistance as needed to help you stress less and achieve success!

Full planning services take care of the whole process – from securing your venue to helping you into your dream dress on the day. Coordination services provide assistance on the day itself, ensuring everything goes to plan. Partial and bespoke packages cover anything in between.

While wedding are expensive, planners don't have to be. Prices vary on location, your budget and the services provided. In Yorkshire, you can expect to pay £1,500 upwards for full planning and £450 to £1,000 for coordination. If you're worried about over-spending, some planners offer financial management and have access to supplier discounts. This is something that we offer as standard at Hart Country Weddings. Considering 70 per cent of couples overspend or don't budget at all, this is an important aspect to consider.

Hiring a planner is a personal choice, but you invest a lot in your wedding, and professional support can ensure a stress-free day.

Chloe Hought


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.

Andrea Matthews


Planned to perfection

Planned to perfection

Q. I work away from home a lot and I'm struggling to plan my wedding next year – where do I turn for help?

A. Tabby Kerwin says: Firstly, make sure all your major elements are booked. This includes venue, catering, photographer and entertainment – these are the things that get booked up far in advance. Be honest with yourself about your budget and make sure you stick to it. No one needs the additional stress of debt.

Next up, ask for help and delegate. These are two things we're pretty bad at as humans. If you want some professional advice and are happy to hand over control of your big day then hire a wedding planner. Many companies will offer full or partial planning, as well as an on-the-day coordination service.

Some planners, like myself, offer an hourly wedding-consultation service. This would be perfect for you as you can use it as and when you need – either just for help and advice, or for practical matters such as booking businesses and admin jobs. This is a great compromise for a busy couple who want to stay in control of their special day.

Tabby Kerwin

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