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Hot topic: Venues & floristry

Our regional experts talk venues and floristry.

Planning tips and tricks

Planning tips and tricks

Q. We are newly engaged so can you give us some planning tips?

A. Toni Sharpe says: You want your wedding day to be perfect. But with plenty of details to organise, planning it can be time consuming. Here are some handy tips:

- Think practically about your venue Consider the capacities of the venue you like to ensure that there is sufficient space for your wedding. At the Duke, we have a variety of rooms available which are suitable for both large and small celebrations. Also, is the food exactly what you want, and do they offer a free tasting menu? This is something that not every venue will offer.

- Your day will be magical, come rain or shine You can never guarantee the weather, so don't book a venue based on the idea of how a summer wedding could be because you don't want to have to alter proceedings at the last moment.

- Consider how your photography will work at your venue Ask your photographer to visit your venue ahead of your wedding day. At the Duke, we invite photographers to visit the hotel to see the space and rooms that they will use on the day so that they can get familiar with the lighting and plan their shots. Couples love to have their photographs taken on our listed staircase, and it's the ideal location for group shots.

- Choose your suppliers wisely and don't be afraid to put them to the test Always use trusted wedding suppliers for your cake, stationery and styling. Make sure you see samples of their products first. Have a hair and make-up trial so that you get a clear understanding of how much time to allocate for getting ready on the day. It's also important to see how your make-up looks in photographs to make sure that you're happy with it. Think about arranging an engagement shoot with your photographer so that you feel at ease and get to know each other before your wedding day.

- Don't stress about the dress! Dress shopping should be fun, not stressful. Too many opinions could make finding your dream dress more difficult, so limit the number of people you take along. Try on different styles even ones you are not sure will suit you. You'll have a really fun time playing dress-up, and you may even find a hidden gem that you may not have considered.

- Don't overdo the planning People who are very particular about all elements of their wedding tend to be less able to relax on the day because they are so focused on making things go exactly to plan. Couples who are a bit more relaxed can take things in their stride and enjoy the day more. So, don't feel that you need to manage every last detail, just have fun and remember that this is your celebration!

- Try to enjoy every moment (even the planning!) Often, couples get stressed in the lead up to the wedding, and feel daunted by having so many elements to organise. However, following the wedding you may miss having the wedding to plan. The day goes by so quickly so we always recommend to take the opportunity to spend a little time alone together on the day – even if it's just ten minutes – to pause and share a special moment.

- Don't forget that it's your wedding day In my experience, the thing couples often forget is that it's their wedding day. Don't think too much about what other people expect because your wedding should be what you both want. Your guests are your family and most precious friends, and whatever you decide for your wedding, they'll be delighted to share your day.

Darling buds

Darling buds

Q. We would like a showstopping floral installation at our spring wedding, the bigger the better! What can you suggest?

A. Gail Barrow says: Both large and small floral installations and arrangements can be showstoppers, from vintage cups and saucers holding wild blooms to top table centrepieces. The key thing is for your flowers to complement your theme and be within your budget. Here are my ideas for some wow-factor wedding blooms.

Darling buds

Darling buds

Q. We would like a showstopping floral installation at our spring wedding, the bigger the better! What can you suggest?

A. Karen Harris & Suzy Clavin says: Oversized floral displays are very popular at the moment, from giant wreaths and suspended chandeliers to 50ft installations. Here are some ideas of our work from recent weddings.

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