FAQs and expert advice about wedding planning

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


Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning

Q. What are the key wedding trends for 2022 and how are couples planning their weddings differently this year?

A. Illy Goodall says: My biggest piece of advice this year is that couples need to be more careful when it comes to booking suppliers ensuring they're making smart and informed decisions in a landscape that's growing larger all the time.

With 2022 gearing up to be the most hectic year for the industry following the number of cancellations during lockdown, suppliers are in high demand and more new companies are setting up than ever before.

Alongside this comes yet another challenge: availability. Even with the influx of new suppliers, most are already fully booked for Saturdays between June and October 2022. Desperation to secure a wedding vendor in 2022 is leading many to settle for services from poorly regarded suppliers, or those with less experience in the field. Many are upping their costs, so couples could end up losing significant money if they make the wrong decision. It's never been more important to either use a reputable wedding planner, or do your own thorough research and check contracts carefully to avoid being disappointed.

Illy Goodall, Illy Elizabeth Weddings


Dream themes

Dream themes

Q. How do we start to narrow down the choice of wedding themes and find what's right for us?

A. Valentina Ring says: My advice to couples who are looking to unlock and refine their style is this: follow your heart and listen to what you are drawn to, but also keep an open mind about adapting the things you love to your wedding. Pinterest is a melting pot of ideas that can help you colour in your celebration, but it shouldn't be a source of pressure or expectation.

Your day should reflect your own priorities, personalities, passions and the investment you are comfortable making. There are no rules. Every single wedding is beautiful because it's unique to the couple; your love story isn't like anybody else's, so why should your wedding be? Certain looks and details can turn into trends, and by all means embrace them if you love them, but try to let go of the idea of what's in.

Ask yourself what your definition of beauty and luxury is. What do you surround yourself with in your home and in your holidays that makes you happy? Decades from now, you'll look back and remember choosing all the things you loved the most while telling your story, and that's the most special thing there is.

Valentina Ring, The Stars Inside


Finding the perfect setting

Finding the perfect setting

Q. How have you adapted to make weddings more COVID-friendly?

A. Kate Southall says: Our team has been lucky enough to host a number of intimate weddings during the pandemic, and they're just as special. Morden Hall has three large function spaces so there's flexibility throughout the day. For intimate ceremonies, our smallest room, the Hawthorne Suite, has become popular. We can then offer a drinks reception in the lounge, followed by a socially distanced wedding breakfast in our largest suite. We have wonderful outside spaces for guests to explore as well.

We've adapted the way we serve food and drink with the use of an app, and canapés are presented as individual portions. We've increased our cleaning procedures and there are multiple sanitising stations throughout the venue, which have been designed not to detract from the beauty of the setting.

Kate Southall, Morden Hall


Planned to perfection

Planned to perfection

Q. With juggling work and home-schooling, I'm struggling to plan our 2021 wedding. My friend suggested hiring a planner, but I'm worried about losing control – what can I expect?

A. ByChenai Events says: Most professional wedding planners will offer a level of flexibility, meaning you can choose the amount of involvement and control you wish to have. We specialise in full wedding planning and wedding day management. This entails supporting you with everything from the venue search, supplier selection, design and appointment scheduling before executing it all on the day.

You could also opt for wedding management, which is where we come in six weeks prior to your wedding, talk through the plans you have in place, give advice and make suggestions to close any gaps. We then take over the management of your suppliers and create a schedule for the day that everyone works to. We can be there every step of the way, helping you to enjoy the lead up and the day itself.

ByChenai Events, Chenai Bukutu

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