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Hot topic: Plan your perfect day

Our experts solve your dilemmas

Finding the one

Finding the one

Q. I have a full bust; what style of dress would suit me and give me support?

A. Lucy May says: I'd recommend a beautifully boned corset in order to provide under-bust structure. A covered or illusion top will also help provide extra support in the gown or can hide a bra strap if needed.

We love a dropped-waist ballgown or fit-and-flare dress for your body shape. Simple, clean lines, which don't cut off in the middle give a balanced silhouette and a shallow sweetheart neckline would flatter in this area. Steer clear of column or high-waisted styles, which don't define your waist.

Subtle lace, small accents of detail and beaded belts are great features to look out for to help accentuate your figure. A fitting with a qualified seamstress is essential to make sure your gown is tailored perfectly to you.

Winter warmer

Winter warmer

Q. We're getting married in February. What touches can we add to our venue to make it feel more cosy and inviting?

A. Charlotte Martin says: For a winter wedding, I don't think you can beat wraps or blankets made from gorgeous natural wool fibres draped over the back of your chairs. Not only does this add warmth and comfort to your venue, but it's also a stylish and quirky alternative to standard chair covers. For added luxury, try layering it over fabulous faux fur.

Having wonderful fabrics around your venue means you and your loved ones can wrap up in them if you get chilly in the evening. The other advantage is that they make great keepsakes and can be used around your home or in your wardrobe for years to come.

Can't find fabrics in your colour scheme? You can even have pieces made to order for a personal touch.

Sweet spots

Sweet spots

Q. We want a showstopping cake to cut on our big day, but we also want smaller treats for our dessert. What do you suggest, and how much should we budget?

A. Isabelle Boizis says: Sweet tables are growing in popularity, as they allow you to have a centrepiece along with easy-to-eat items for your loved ones throughout the day.

When considering something like this, it's good to keep in mind that every mini cake, cupcake, macaron, etc. will be priced individually, and very often couples don't know how much money the finished table will cost and how many items they need to make it look good.

With this in mind, I've created three packages that allow brides and grooms the option to have matching sweets to go with their big-day bake at a fixed price. I usually offer meringue kisses, macarons and mini cupcakes along with decorated cookies, single-tier bakes and more. The idea is that everything ties in with your theme and palette, and your loved ones get a delicious treat too.

Gorgeous gowns

Gorgeous gowns

Q. I'm really nervous about my first bridal appointment. Is there anything I should know before I go?

A. Krystle Worgan says: Your magazine cutouts, Pinterest boards and Instagram likes can really give us a sense of the direction you're going for – so feel free to bring these along, and we can go through them while having a cup of tea and a natter! Try to be as honest as possible about your likes and dislikes so we can get a real sense of your look and personality. There's no point in pretending you like a gown for our sake; we want to find the dress of your dreams.

Initial appointments at our boutique are generally an hour and a half. During this time, we can try on a range of styles to help guide you towards the one. It's not essential, but it can be useful to wear neutral underwear and wear your hair and make-up in a similar way to how you'll have it on the big day – this helps you to envision the complete look.

Finally, keep an open mind and relax. So many of our brides have ended up buying something they never even thought of trying. You can always ask us for advice – we're not only here while you find your dress but for your entire planning journey. There's nothing more rewarding than receiving photos from a happy bride after their wedding.

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