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Ask the experts

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Devon and Cornwall 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@yourdevoncornwall.wedding

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Hot topic: Wedding day prep

Our regional experts give their tips on wedding day prep

Church on time

Church on time

Q. We want to arrive at our winter wedding in something chic that complements our seasonal colour scheme. What do you suggest?

A. South West Wedding Car Hire says: Meet the experts: Joint owners Louis and Angela run South West Wedding Car Hire located on the Devon and Somerset border serving the South West (including North Cornwall). A professional yet personable service is guaranteed with male and female chauffeurs available.

Louis and Angela say: Luxury transportation from your home or hotel to your wedding ceremony needs to be given some consideration. An elegant white car that can be decorated with traditional bows, ribbons and flowers styled in the interior always works well.

Our Jaguar X7 LWB features soft cream leather seats, a plush interior, built-in Wi-Fi, massage seats with climate control and extra leg room at the back – an essential for fitting in a large wedding dress!

Meanwhile, our Daimler XJL V8 also boasts a fully equipped cream leather interior with competitive rates starting from £250 with a £50 deposit.

Church on time

Church on time

Q. We want to arrive at our winter wedding in something chic that complements our seasonal colour scheme. What do you suggest?

A. West Cornwall Wedding Cars says: Meet the expert: Linda Stephens is the owner of West Cornwall Wedding Cars located in Penzance, providing a friendly and reliable service with a personal touch. Uniformed chauffeurs ensure a relaxed and comfortable ride.

Linda says: Our vehicles are dressed with flowers, ribbons and bows to match the colour scheme of the day as well as quirky Mr & Mrs cushions. Our beautiful vintage Beauford makes the ideal backdrop to photographs, while the Daimler is a dapper choice, especially for the groomsmen. Both are in an understated grey over silver shade to suit most wedding themes.

Get glowing

Q. I have always invested in good skincare but am not seeing the results. What can you recommend?

A. Aesthetic Solutions says: Becci says: Starting a professional skincare regime at home teamed with in-clinic treatments using environmentally friendly products with an emphasis on sustainability is key prior to the wedding date.

Results based on the concerns that each bride-to-be has can be achieved by investing in the correct programme. Depending on the level of skin concerns, an amount of down time may need to be factored in.

There's a big difference between products you can buy compared with brands sold through specialist skincare clinics. Aesthetic Solutions uses NeoStrata, AlumierMD, iS Clinical and Obagi products and invite brides for a consultation in order to put together an in-clinic and home-care programme.

Beer is the new gin

Beer is the new gin

Q. Is beer the new gin?

A. Skinners Brewery says: Meet the expert: Skinners Brewery based in Cornwall produces award-winning Cornish beers and ales. It's a family-run business that offers tours and group visits led by experienced guides (turn to page 61 to read more).

Elaine says: There's been an upsurge of late in the number of couples wanting beer at their weddings. Not only is it a cost-effective solution that will make their bar tab stretch further, and a well-stocked bar is a must, there are so many wonderful ales available that can be enjoyed as a long drink.

From refreshing and fruity golden pale ales and award-winning bitters to deep, dark, smooth-drinking stouts, they can be supplied in bottles, casks and kegs. A few best-selling favourites are Porthleven, a straw-coloured zesty ale with strong citrus aromas, incorporating a dash of lemon, lime and passion fruit that's best teamed with spicy foods and smoked meats.

Lushingtons is bursting with fruit, including lime, mango and lychee. Its creamy texture incorporates a hint of strawberry that's best teamed with white meat or fish.

Hops 'n' honey is a golden honey beer and is a great introduction to fine ale as it balances both bitter and sweet flavours. A spicy tangerine scent hints at a touch of toffee. Its bittersweet finish is best with game, pork and creamy rich desserts.

Sennen is ideal for spring weddings, with the limited edition variety available in April and May. It's a clear, light and crisp beer featuring hints of tropical fruit including mango and grapefruit.

Whatever you choose, make sure that serving the first drink on your special day is as important as cutting the cake!

Christmas in bloom

Christmas in bloom

Q. Can you give us some flower inspiration for our winter wedding?

A. Vintage & Bloom says: Meet the expert: Vintage & Bloom is a local bespoke florist located in Penryn, Cornwall, with more than ten years experience styling flowers for weddings.

Angela says: When looking for inspiration for winter wedding flowers, consider the beauty of these seasonal months. It's all about the textures and scents. For example, think of the unmistakable aroma of pines or the ashy blue shade of eucalyptus leaves and use luxurious satin and velvet ribbons to finish bouquets.

Winter weddings are incredibly romantic so when planning your flowers, try to capture that wintery feel. Move away from traditional red, gold and green shades and be inspired by nature. Think of the frosty mornings and opt for crisp white and grey tones mixed with soft pink for a touch of colour.

Add thistle, pine cones and berries to a hand-tied bouquet. Other seasonal varieties to pick from are amaryllis, anemone, rosemary and jasmine.

For floral arrangements in the venue and church, suspended foliage hoops and branches with wintery leaves bring the outdoors in. Pine cones and berries styled on tables with candles, and fairylights strung from the ceiling entwined with blooms, will create a cosy atmosphere.