FAQs and 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 editor@yournorthwest.wedding

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Wedding Planning


Fun at the fair

Fun at the fair

Q. My partner and I want a carnival-themed wedding, but we're feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Deanna Melia says: This is the first time I've heard of someone having a carnival theme, but I think it's a brilliant idea! To plan the perfect wedding, you need to ensure you have a budget in mind, as this will alter the number of choices available to you. Start by getting your guest numbers set in stone, so you know how much money you will have left for decorations and activities.

I strongly advise hiring a wedding planner as they can find the most suitable venues and stylists for you so that you don't feel so overwhelmed.

Hire a caterer who provides carnival-style food such as hot dogs, pretzels, burgers and doughnuts. You could even create a sweet cart and have lots of fairylights everywhere for when the sun goes down.

Bright colours would be perfect for your theme. Think of reds, blues and whites.

Have your waiters walking around on stilts in fun outfits, and look for themed stationery to tie the whole day together.

The most important thing is to stay calm, take it one step at a time and don't feel the need to do everything at once. Begin with your venue and guest list, and once that's sorted everything else will fall into place.

Deanna Melia, Your Forever After


Plannins SOS

Plannins SOS

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

A. Alicia James says: Firstly, a very big congratulations on your engagement! This time truly is a muddle of emotions, and as much as you're bursting with happiness, it's only natural to feel a little overwhelmed. My biggest tip is to try and write everything down, even if at first it seems scary, write down everything you want your special day to feel like, a to-do list and any venues or inspiration you may have. Get it all down on paper, and then start to organise it from there. By having it all laid out in front of you, it allows you a little more headspace! Try to prioritise what you would like to get done and give yourself small tasks each week, so it doesn't feel like you have to do everything at once. By ticking things off your list, you will start to feel super productive and energised to do even more. The main thing to remember is to enjoy every single moment, it's a special time and goes by in the blink of an eye, so try to embrace it.

Alicia James, Alicia Marie Weddings


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