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Our regional experts talk festival-style weddings, venue styling ideas and that all-important first dance

Festival fever

Festival fever

Q. We're getting married in Cornwall next summer and want to create a festival feel at our wedding for our large number of guests. Can you recommend a venue with some ideas on how to go about styling it?

A. Hannah Marsh says: Why not consider hiring a purpose-built festival site for your wedding and creating the real thing for your guests? The Wyldes is home to the multi-award-winning Leopallooza Festival and allows couples the chance to say 'I do' on the main stage where famous acts Kelis, Paloma Faith and Bastille, to name but a few, have played. This site has been throwing Cornwall's greatest house party in a field for over a decade and we want to make sure that your wedding is every bit as fun.

Brides or grooms-to-be can make their entrance down the natural tree-lined aisle, and the site is spread over three fields, so there's plenty of space for the wedding celebration to follow. Think camping, feasting and late-night partying and you get the idea.

The site can be styled to suit any theme, whether that's a retro barefoot Woodstock vibe with macramé drapes, boho flower crowns and lace, or something more edgy and urban.

Hire it

Hire it

Q. I want a one-stop shop for all our wedding hire needs, can you help?

A. Rich Abbott says: The dress, the shoes, the flowers! Planning your big day is fun and exciting, from securing the venue to choosing the flower varieties for the bouquets. However, we know that wedding planning can also be time consuming, and sometimes slightly stressful, so a good idea is to choose a hire company that offers everything under one roof.

We want to make it as easy as possible for couples to tick things off the to-do list, ensuring their wedding day runs as seamlessly as possible. So, we offer a one-stop shop for everything related to wedding and event hire. From our sparkling glassware and table linen, to refrigerated trailers and catering equipment, they won't need to spend hours trawling the internet for anything when they can get it all from under one roof.

Let's dance

Let's dance

Q. We're getting married in Devon and want to learn a choreographed first dance. We are both a bit shy so don't want to take lessons with others. What can you suggest?

A. Bernie Cavanagh says: The first dance is one of the most special times during the wedding reception. It gathers guests around the dancefloor to celebrate the love between two people creating a highly emotional moment and memories that you and your loved ones will cherish forever.

If you're a bit nervous about dancing in front of your family and friends, or worried that your moves might need a bit of practice, then having a few lessons beforehand will give you the confidence and ability to perform in a relaxed, happy and assured manner.

I help to create a personal first dance suited to each individual couple with their requirements being my top priority. The end result always amazes loved ones on the day. The dance routine is put together to the couple's choice of music that might be a favourite song, whether fast or slow, or even a medley of tunes.

You shouldn't be worried if you're not confident dancers because everything will be taught in a simple, clear manner at the appropriate pace during relaxed and enjoyable lessons. Privacy is ensured in a spacious dance studio, with the option of the lessons taking place in the comfort of your own home if preferred. Couples can take as many (or as few) lessons as they feel that they need in order to learn their first dance. This could be a romantic ballroom style such as the waltz, or fun types such as the jive, lindy hop, swing, salsa or funk. The dance could even be a combination of two or more different styles and can be a natural looking routine, or a choreographed masterpiece – the choice is yours!

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