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

 

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
www.thestarsinside.com

 

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
www.mordenhall.com

 

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
www.bychenai.com

 

Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on

Q. We're trying to work, plan a wedding and home school our two children and it's not going well. Help!

A. Malminder Gill says: Here's a few tips to help you stay sane while in lockdown.

- Create a family contract: this should lay out everyone's duties and help with sharing roles and chores. Parents can split their time, making one responsible for looking after the children while the other is working and vice versa.

- Draft an activity schedule: this could include meals, work and school and leisure times for both parents and children. Organise fun activities such as movie nights or cooking together – a great way to maintain a positive mindset.

- Keep moving: Whether it's a fitness challenge for the whole family, a dance session or playing in the garden, make sure everyone's staying active.

- Document the experience: A journal is a great way for both adults and children to understand the thoughts and emotions that this extraordinary situation brings up.

Malminder Gill,Hypnotherapy London
www.hypnosis-in-london.com

 

We'll meet again

We'll meet again

Q. Our wedding date is set for this July and we're wondering whether we should postpone now or sit it out and hope for the best?

A. Nina Beer says: Do you really need to postpone? Think carefully about this, as it is a huge decision and something that could be quite costly and stressful. Take a look at your wedding date and the really important VIP guests, such as family and close friends. Will they all be able to make it without any issues if you don't change the date?

If you do decide to postpone, then the single most important factor is whether you have wedding insurance. If so, check what you're covered for.

Work with your venue closely and look at what possible dates you could move your wedding to. Once you've decided on a new date, work with the rest of your suppliers to ensure they can make it too.

Once you've got a new date, communicate with your guests as soon as possible.

Last, keep calm. Remember, this is temporary and we're all in it together. The main thing is that, no matter what, you'll marry the one you love, just on a different day than you originally planned.

Nina Beer,Occasion Queens
www.occasionqueens.com

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