Expert advice about wedding planning

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


Planned to perfection

Planned to perfection

Q. We've recently got engaged, but due to lockdown, we're struggling to plan anything! What should we book first?

A. Annabel Candler says: Congratulations and welcome to the world of wedding planning! Start by creating a rough guest list, so you know your potential numbers, then begin looking at venues. Everything pivots on that choice, from the decor and food to the accommodation and budget. I suggest getting this box ticked asap. Once you've found your dream venue, you can begin to tick off the next big items, such as catering, photography and the celebrant/registrar. Think about what are your essential elements and how getting the right supplier will affect the event. Keep in mind that the ones you want may get booked up quickly, so get cracking!

Annabel Candler,Weddings by Annabel


Rest and relaxation

Rest and relaxation

Q. I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the planning process. What are your top tips for planning a stress-free wedding?

A. Celia Gaze says: Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. While the process is magical, there are often hugely stressful bits. Here are my top tips for planning a stress-free day.

- Buy a journal. There are so many gorgeous wedding planners out there and trust us yours will become your bible. Good ones will prompt you with questions and tasks you need to complete before the big day. List all your suppliers and their contact details in there, so everything is in one place and keep all the ideas you collect at wedding fairs in it too.

- Getting wedding insurance. Before you do anything else, look into wedding insurance. It usually costs around £100, and although that seems like a lot of money, it's worth it to give you peace of mind and protect you if anything goes wrong.

- Make sure you have contracts in place. Before you hand over any money, it's wise to ensure you have a written contract from your chosen supplier. It's tempting to do things verbally, but it's important to get everything in writing.

- Don't try to please everyone. You'll find as soon as you get engaged people will start sharing their opinions. Pick the things that you're happy to compromise on so family and friends still feel valued and included.

- Look after your wellbeing. Meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and gratitude journaling are all ways you can improve your mindfulness. Listen to music, look at wedding imagery and spend time in nature to help relax and de-stress.

- Stay healthy. Many brides chose to undertake a new beauty or skincare regime to look their big-day best, but it's important you do it in a way that will improve your health rather than making you feel more anxious.

- Ensure your venue has a dedicated wedding planner. Before you book a venue, consider how much the staff will help you plan your day.

Celia Gaze,The Wellbeing Farm


To have and to hold

To have and to hold

Q. We're having lots of family round before our wedding. How can I ensure the days runs smoothly and that there are no problems?

A. Susan Wakelin says: It can be difficult ensuring your big day runs smoothly, so to help reduce some of the stress I suggest you hire a wedding specialist. I go into homes on the day of the nuptials and help look after guests which allows the bride and groom to relax knowing everything is being taken care of. I also offer on the day co-ordination services.

Decide on what services you require and if you're unable to book a supplier, ask a close friend or relative to help you on the day.

Wedding shows are a great way of meeting suppliers and deciding if they're the right fit for you. My next wedding show is 26th January, 2020 at The Wellbeing Farm (, comes along and speak to me about your requirements.

Susan Wakelin