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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
Q. We want to get married outside and are planning a late summer wedding but are a bit concerned about the unpredictable British weather! Can you advise us?
A. Kathy Murdoch says: Al fresco weddings are becoming more and more popular as they provide a wonderful atmosphere and the potential for stunning big-day photographs. However, when choosing an outdoor venue in Devon or Cornwall, always make sure that it has an excellent back-up plan should the weather not be as you'd like. It's important to consider your guests' comfort by ensuring there are sufficient facilities to keep them warm and dry. Ask your venue to talk you through the various options that it offers and check the time that a final decision of where to host the ceremony needs to be made by. This will indicate how much time you have to track the weather forecast. It's also good to plan styling elements that can quickly and easily be moved from outside to the indoor contingency space just incase you need to. At Ocean Kave, we host our weddings in a beautiful rustic gazebo and the couple has up until midday on the morning of their wedding to make a decision about where to host their ceremony. If we need to move it inside the Kave then it's easy and simple for us to do so and because the Kave is so beautiful, it's never regarded as the second best option.