FAQs and expert advice about wedding services

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London 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@yourlondon.wedding


I saw the sign

I saw the sign

Q. We're planning our big-day signage and don't know where to start. Can you help?

A. Charlotte Donnelley-Davids says: Personalised signage can make a huge difference to your day and is the best way to bring your personality through to your theme and décor. If you're not sure what signs should go where, I find it best to walk through each part of the day and decide which signs would work in the venue and what you'd like to include. Here are some ideas…

- Entrance – The first thing guests will see as they arrive so it's your time to make them feel welcome with a welcome sign, directional arrows, or an order of the day

- Ceremony – One of the most important signs is an unplugged ceremony announcement. Let your photographer get the best shots and ask guests to put their phones away. Other items include reserved tags, quotes running down the aisle, a seating plan or a no sides plan.

- Reception – During dinner opt for hand-lettered place cards or favours and bring through your theme to your table decorations. From lettered table numbers, bespoke menus or a tabletop banner that sits right in front of you.

- Evening party – Always make sure your venue brings through any signage to your reception, so your evening guests can see them too. If you're having a sweet or cake table, you could have a menu of the selection or a sweet quote. We can create guestbook signs to make sure your loved ones sign it correctly. If you're accepting gifts and cards, we can create an area for your guests to safely drop those items off. You could even create your own cocktails and have a designed bar menu.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to wedding signage. From design to materials that can be included, and I love to work on them all!

Charlotte Donnelley-Davids, Itchy and Sketchy


Change of the season

Change of the season

Q. Our winter wedding has been postponed to summer. How can I adapt my heavy, long-sleeved dress

A. Irina Merkulova says: With so many weddings rescheduled during the pandemic, many brides are finding themselves with a dress that they think won't work for a different time of year. Don't panic, as bridalwear specialists there are a number of ways we can alter your dress to suit the season…

- If your sleeves are lined, we can remove the lining to make them lighter.

- We could change the style of the sleeve. For example, making them shorter or removing them altogether.

If long sleeves are an integral part of the design, then we could remake them using a lighter fabric such as chiffon or soft lace.

- A more creative idea would be to make the sleeves detachable. You can then remove them completely and reattach them in the evening when it gets colder.

- The fabric used to make most wedding dresses is not heavy, but there can be many layers contributing to the overall weight. Ask your seamstress to remove a few layers to make the gown more breathable.

Irina Merkulova, Lace and Button