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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

Every Little Helps

Every Little Helps

Q What is your advice on planning a sustainable wedding?
A Joe says: I believe the most sustainable weddings are the ones that reduce their carbon footprint by using materials sourced locally. If you have the availability, use a local butcher or farm shop who, I'm sure, would be able to tell you the farm where the meat has been reared and the vegetables grown, while also taking into account that seasonal veg is available and staying away from imported out-of-season produce. If you have a local florist, ask which flowers are in season too and which are British, while also considering the use of biodegradable materials in the displays.

Now, on to what we supply: lighting and furniture. I believe using a company who uses new rather than older vehicles to transport its items, uses sustainable materials like wood for displays instead of plastics and who re-uses equipment at many weddings, helps in the reduction of your day's carbon footprint.

Although, the above may be cost prohibitive for some, it's worth trying to do whatever you can. Every step taken towards sustainability helps.

Joe, Typical Type

Shop Local

Shop Local

Q What is your advice on planning a sustainable wedding?
A Carol Bartlett says: In the same way that there's no such thing as a perfect wedding, there's no such thing as a perfectly ethical wedding. However, with a little bit of planning and thought, it's possible to have an amazing celebration while minimising your impact on the environment.

Start with your venue. Many places, like here at High Trenhouse, focus on sustainability and minimising their carbon impact; from recycling where possible to minimising single-use plastics, offering vegan or vegetarian menu options and even decorating the wedding with locally-grown flowers and greenery.

Try to use local wineries or distillers. Here, we support Whittakers and Otterbeck gin distilleries as well as Ilkley and Dark House Brewery, all small Yorkshire-based businesses.

Ask guests to use natural confetti such as dried flower petals, fresh or dried leaves, or even dried lavender or herbs such as rosemary and thyme, which have the added benefit of a beautiful natural fragrance.

Finally, don't forget the wedding favours. Consider some of the trending eco-friendly alternatives such as flower bombs, seedlings, small herb plants or succulents that will leave behind a reminder of your big day for future generations.

Carol Bartlett, High Trenhouse

Festival fun

Festival fun

Q I'm feeling overwhelmed by the thought of styling our festival-themed wedding. Do you have any suggestions?
A Andrea Graham says: You can break this task down so that it doesn't become overwhelming. Firstly, think about the most typical and obvious aspects of a festival, and then build on that. Festivals are normally colourful events. There's always a marquee, which could be central to your wedding and decorated in your preferred colours and styling. There's always outdoor eating / food, so you might organise a BBQ, picnic or even an ice cream van. Festivals always feature music and entertainment, such as circus performers and bands, and the accommodation is normally a tent or caravan. In terms of outfits, festival dress is normally colourful, hippy-chic and requires some welly boots for those muddy moments! You can always dress up a wedding dress with boho costume jewellery and some outdoor boots to blend right in with the environment. It might also be an idea to keep a marquee for you and your wedding party to retreat to if any costume adjustments are needed. Finally, festivals are fun – so make sure you relax and enjoy the experience.

Andrea Graham, High Trenhouse

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