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FAQs and expert advice about wedding dresses

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

It's All In The Details

It's All In The Details

Q What should we look out for in the world of weddings in 2024?
A Helen Emson says: We predict that 2024 will see the continuation of beautifully self-assured floral designs that focus on the finer details. Many bridal designers have used intricate details in their fashions using layers of florals, texture and bold designs that ooze refinement with classic lines and modernity, so our floral designs mirror these style choices closely.

Throughout 2024 and beyond we have many exciting projects with bold striking sculptural yet romantic designs utilising minimalist natural tones and pared-back colour to create playful and confident floral features. When we create authentic designs these reflect the personalities of the couples with the use of bold tones and textures in both the flowers and the styling elements of their day.

By using understated glamour, we add the memorable details that create perfectly individual and intimate wedding spaces. The addition of dreamy finishing touches such as beautifully styled candlelit ethereal tablescapes sitting perfectly against botanical accents creates subtle drama and unapologetically confident designs

Helen Emson, Willow and Bear Floral Design

Hot & Cold

Hot & Cold

Q We're getting married in winter, and I'm worried about choosing a dress that stops me being cold for the service, but makes me too hot dancing at night! What can I do?
A Zoe Cornwell says: Please don't stress too much, as the adrenaline you'll naturally be creating on the day will keep you warm anyway. The best thing to do in this situation is think about adding something to complement your gown, while knowing you'll stay warm during your service. This can be anything from a veil, in a single or double tier, to a bolero or jacket in a fabric like lace or faux fur. These give coverage and warmth if you're chilly, as well as letting you remove it at night to dance the night away! Some brides choose to be a little more casual and wear a cool denim or leather jacket; whereas if you're looking for real drama, why not go for a full length fur cape?

Zoe Cornwell, Treasured Brides

Wedding worries

Wedding worries

Q I'm concerned about the thought of finding my dream dress, to the point it's making me anxious. How can I make the process as stressfree as can be?
A Haley Powell says: When you go to any bridal boutique, especially for the first time, you're bound to feel daunted. You may try on a number of gowns and wonder if you will ever experience the feeling of knowing a dress is 'the one'. The answer is, not all brides do get that feeling! The majority do, and there may be tears, but you will know when you feel special in a gown and it ticks all the right boxes. Don't feel pressured, not everybody is the same! Instead, go into the experience with a positive outlook, and don't be swayed by others. Your dress is your dress and if you feel incredible in it then that is what matters. You should come out of your appointment feeling happy and relaxed and if you haven't said 'yes to the dress', don't panic! You have a better idea of what it is you want – and you will find it, I promise!

Haley Powell, Aisle of White

Dress dilemma

Dress dilemma

Q My mum wants me to wear a dress that's traditional, but I'd like something on-trend. What should I do?
A Amy Bellamy says: When choosing your dress adopt an open minded approach. Be respectful of your mum's wishes, allowing her to choose a gown she'd like to see you in, with you also picking your own styles that suit your taste. Trying different designers and fabrics is beneficial, as this allows you to get a feel for signature designs, as well as seeing how the textures of a fabric work. By doing this you will please you and your mum, remembering that you're sharing a momentous moment together. When you find your gown – the one which gives you that 'feeling' and makes you smile from ear to ear – the style will be the least of her thoughts, as she sees her baby at the start of married life. Be prepared for lots of happy tears!

Amy Bellamy, Belles & Bows Bridal

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