FAQs and expert advice about wedding planning

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


Perfectly personal

Perfectly personal

Q. We've booked a large venue, but now we're having a small wedding in June under restrictions. How can we make it feel more intimate?

A. Lizzie Marshall says: The rooms in our historic venues range from intimate to grand, with spaces ideal for any occasion. For example, the Roman Baths is perfect for an elopement or a grand celebration with 150 guests. It's suitability is all down to how you use the space. Holding a smaller wedding in a large venue has become the norm over the past 12 months. Here are some ideas to make the setting more intimate:

- Make use of the room's features. For example, our venues have some beautiful crystal chandeliers, which make fantastic focal points for a ceremony or seated reception.

- Have all your guests on one table in the centre of the room to create an opulent dinner party vibe.

- Reduce the number of guests per table to increase table numbers.

- Use soft foliage to create a sense of enclosure.

- Divide the area into zones for dining, dancing and the bar. You can even hire in lounge furniture to create an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

Lizzie Marshall,Bath's Historic Venues


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.

Karolina Wahlman

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