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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset 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@yourbristolsomerset.wedding

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Hot topic: Wedding queries

Our experts solve your dilemmas



Q. We want to get married in a marquee, but there's so much to plan! Can you give us a checklist of things to remember?

A. Hayley Horsfall says: Here are our top tips for organising al fresco nuptials:

❤ Location. A marquee can be installed just about anywhere, but it does require adequate space. Bear in mind the positioning and what it will be overlooking.

❤ Guest numbers. The beauty of this type of wedding is that it can accommodate as many or as few people as you'd like. Just remember that the more guests you have, the bigger the structure you'll need, which can bring the cost up.

❤ Style. Decide on the overall look and feel you'd like to create when making your choice.
Would you prefer a classic frame marquee or a more traditional pole marquee? Tipis and stretch tents look great for a relaxed festival theme.

❤ Surface. A flat surface is best, but sloped terrains are manageable with cassette or hard flooring. If the tent is on grass, make sure it's cut before installation. Always think about walkways and access for your loved ones – especially those in heels!

❤ Catering. Ask your caterers what facilities they need. This could be a separate tent, water supply, electricity, etc.

❤ Power. There are lots of aspects that'll require power, such as lighting, music and caterers. You may need to bring in a generator.

❤ Toilets. If you've chosen a secluded spot in a field, then a toilet trailer will be an essential.

❤ The extras. You may like to look into extra cover to shelter from the rain or sun. Depending on your day, you may need a dancefloor, stage, bar area, chill-out zone or exterior lighting.

Night fever

Night fever

Q. We want a DJ for our wedding, but how do we make sure we have music that reflects our tastes and not just cheesy tunes?

A. Phill Makepeace says: Finding the right DJ is so much more than just finding someone to stick on some tunes. Wedding days are filled with love, friendship, emotions and memories; choosing a great DJ will ensure all of these things are continued well beyond the first dance. On the subject of the first dance, this is the highlight of your evening celebration and should be set up and introduced by your DJ with all the love such a moment deserves.

Ensuring your music reflects your preferences is key to a great party. The best way to do this is by engaging with your DJ on the phone or preferably in person before you confirm your booking. It's important that your chosen expert can provide the type of music and atmosphere you're after at the most important party you'll ever throw.

Some DJs offer some sort of music selection, either via email or with online tools. Use these – they're you're friend! The more insight your DJ has into who you are, the better they can tailor the music to your tastes.

Songs that have special meaning should all be given credit. Perhaps you have a favourite song from a holiday or college nights out – they'll all trigger great memories for your guests. Don't forget the hen and stag do anthems!

Lastly, don't overthink it – choose an expert and give them the right information, and they'll do that for you.

Planned to perfection

Planned to perfection

Q. We're so busy that it's hard to find time for wed-min. My friend suggested hiring a wedding planner, but I'm worried about handing over control – should I bite the bullet?

A. Karolina Wahlman says: Even if you have plenty of thoughts and ideas, you may not always have the knowledge, time or motivation to realise them. Sharing your vision with a planner doesn't mean you hand over the reins – see it instead as adding a professional member to your team. They'll work with you towards the same goal: making your wedding incredible. Most planners can help you with all or parts of the process, depending on your requirements.

You can turn to a planner to assist you in sourcing venues, liaising with suppliers, putting together palettes and moodboards and for help with budgets and paperwork, such as timelines and run sheets. During all stages, you'll have support and receive advice to help you avoid mistakes and save money.

I also offer on-the-day coordination, which is an excellent service if you've managed all the preparations yourself but want someone to make sure the day runs smoothly, leaving you to relax and enjoy every minute of your special day.

Find an expert you feel comfortable with who listens to you and understands both your hopes and worries for the day, and they'll be a great asset.

Bloomin' marvellous

Bloomin' marvellous

Q. We're getting married in October. What flowers are available at that time of year to give a lovely autumnal feel?

A. Megan Troughton says: Autumn is such a beautiful time. For me, this season is all about colour. Alongside fiery oranges and deep reds, I'd urge you to consider mixing in delicate faded tones of lavender and brown to give a richer palette and a more elegant feel to your designs.

There are so many cut flowers to choose from at this time. Dahlias are a wonderful choice, especially varieties in dark burgundy hues such as Chocolate Karma. I always make use of the glorious seasonal foliage that's available in this season to add beautiful browns and reds to arrangements – cotinus and oak are perfect choices.

Another tip to really take advantage of what the season has to offer is to add seedheads and berries to your flowers. I love including scabious and nigella seedheads, along with rosehips, to add delicate extra details and an autumnal vibe.