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Hot topic: Top tips

Our regional experts give their top tips

Making memories

Making memories

Q. Please can you advise us what to look out for when booking our wedding photographer?

A. Mike Lister Photography says: Meet the expert: Mike Lister is a Plymouth-based wedding photographer specialising in capturing those little details and precious moments.

Mike says: Here are some of my tips on what to watch out for:
• How active is your chosen photographer on social media, for example, on Facebook, Instagram and blog posts? Most love to share their most recent work with others so this will give you an insight into their style of work. Look for complete real weddings, not just a few selects.
• Check out online reviews from previous customers. Your experience may differ but it's a good start to find out what others are willing to say about them.
• Do they have any professional training or accreditation? Photography is a craft and someone with this shows that they have a passion for it and that it isn't just a job to them.
• Do you get on well with your photographer? They're going to be with you all day so you need to make sure that they bond well with you both.
• Pick a photographer whose style you admire. If you love black and white images, then find someone that specialises in that. Here are some other questions to ask:
• Do they have a plan B? This is vital incase there's an issue with the equipment or the weather is bad.
• What's their favourite part of any wedding? It's really good to get to know your photographer because it's such a personal day.
• Do they have any recommendations for other local suppliers that you may still be looking for? Wedding photographers meet plenty so they may know or be able to recommend good ones for you.

Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Q. We want a fun, quirky idea to surprise our guests at our summer wedding. What can you suggest?

A. Devon Vintage Ice Cream Company says: Meet the expert: Tara Price is the joint owner of the Devon Vintage Ice Cream Van Company with her husband, Andy. Located in Plympton near Plymouth, they hire vintage-style ice cream vehicles for weddings in Devon.

Tara says: It's all about Instagram these days so why not surprise your guests with something fun that they can hashtag? Our two vintage ice cream vans and our quirky ice cream trike look great and also provide mouth-watering treats. From summer sorbets and retro lollies, to award-winning luxurious ice cream in yummy honeycomb, pistachio and salted caramel flavours, to name just a few, there's something for everyone. Why not feed your guests during the reception while you're having your photographs taken or after the wedding breakfast as an alternative to dessert?

Add personalised touches that your guests will remember, such as message bunting and cute accessories. This will provide an Insta-worthy backdrop to some of your big-day photographs, and we will let you hop on board for a few photos or even to make an ice cream or two!

It's important not to forget the little ones if you're inviting them along, and this is where our mini popcorn cart, vintage sweet retreat and chocolate brownies come in.

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Food, glorious food

Food, glorious food

Q. We're looking to marry in Cornwall and want a flexible venue where we can help to create the menu. Where do you recommend?

A. Rosemarne Manor says: Meet the expert: Cyril Eustice is the joint owner of Rosewarne Manor, a function venue and restaurant located in Hayle, Cornwall.

Cyril says: Choosing a family-owned wedding venue is key to getting a personal service and it's also important to consider choosing a restaurant over a hotel to really get a say in your menu. We don't offer set packages, instead every couple creates their own one resulting in them paying only for what they need. All weddings held here have the opportunity to create a bespoke menu with up to four different options in each course, plus a child's meal. We are also happy to include your favourite dish.

Our most popular dessert option is the platter of cocktail desserts where each guest can sample five mini ones.

Buffets are also an informal option for the main meal or evening reception, with everything being baked on our premises.

We can guarantee exclusivity and also add in other personal touches like a welcome drink for each guest that they can choose from the bar.