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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West 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@yournorthwest.wedding

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Hot topic: Wedding woes

Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding woes

The look of love

The look of love

Q. We're looking for gorgeous stationery for our wedding, but I'm not sure what style to go for or what I should be asking suppliers – help!

A. Natalie Burrows says: - If you need inspiration, try looking online. Sites like Instagram and Pinterest are full of beautiful products. Save your favourites or add them to a scrapbook – this will help narrow down your options.

- Decide on two or three ideas before getting in touch with a stationer. That way, they can give you an accurate quote and help you make a firm decision.

- If your potential supplier offers consultations, take them up on the offer. It's always a good idea to discuss your options face-to-face.

- Save money by sending one save-the-date or invitation to each household instead of individually.

Showered with love

Showered with love

Q. We're looking for a wedding photographer, but we're a bit worried about booking someone online we've never met. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Meg Kerr and Nikki Griffiths says: Thanks to the internet, meeting your supplier in person isn't essential. In fact, 30 per cent of couples who hire us do so without a face-to-face meeting. Before booking, take the following into consideration:

Recommendations
❤ Look at previous examples of their work, and make sure you like their style.
❤ Research reviews on social media to see what other clients think.

Personality
❤ It's important that you feel relaxed on the day, so find someone you feel comfortable around.
❤ If you're finding it difficult to meet in person, you could organise a FaceTime session or a phone call.

Experience
❤ Check that they have a back-up plan in case the equipment fails.
❤ Ask about insurance. We provide ours in a package along with questionnaires about timings and shot lists.

Cost
❤ Don't make a decision based on budget alone. Remember, you get what you pay for! Some photographers may be cheap, but that will show in the quality of their work.
❤ Look for a professional who offers payment plans and doesn't push for a deposit straight away.

Venue recommendations
❤ Don't be afraid to look beyond your venue's suggested suppliers. If the company hasn't shot at your location before, don't panic! Any professional can adapt to any setting.
❤ Go with your gut, and make sure all of your concerns have been dealt with before booking.

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Q. We're having a pink colour scheme, but we're not sure how to incorporate it into our flowers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Hamish Powell says: - Pink is a transition shade that pairs well with almost every colour. There are plenty of blooms available in this hue regardless of the season.

- If you're going for a classical theme, combine pastels with a selection of greys, whites and greens.

- Alternatively, bright versions look modern and will make your décor pop.

- Look for gerberas, roses, brassica and ammi majus.

Snap away

Snap away

Q. We're set to tie the knot next summer and I'm worried I won't look natural in the photographs. What should I do?

A. Lucy Smith says: ❤ Most couples feel nervous about their big-day photographs, but try to enjoy the process. I suggest you book an engagement shoot. This will help you relax in front of the camera and get to know your supplier better.

❤ Each photographer has their own style. Make sure you've looked at their work in detail before booking. Talk to them about your expectations. I ask my clients to show me an image they like, so I can get a sense of what they're looking for.

❤ It's important you get on with your supplier. They're going to be around most of the day, so you need to feel relaxed around them. I have made some great friends with people who start as clients, and I've gone on to photograph their lives through the years.

Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Q. We're looking for some fun entertainment for our reception. Do you have any ideas?

A. Leander Brown says: ❤ A photo booth is a great way of entertaining your guests. It gives everyone the chance to dress up and have fun. You can choose from a variety of backdrops to pose with, such as the beach or Las Vegas.

❤ Photographs are printed instantly. These can be added to your guest book, creating a lovely souvenir from your big day.

❤ Alternatively, you could hire a candy cart. Stock it with a selection of sweets, bags and scoops. It's guaranteed to be popular with your friends and family.

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