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Hot topic: Wedding etiquette

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Dress to impress

Dress to impress

Q. My fiancé and I are planning our wedding in just three months. What dresses are set to be hot for spring 2019?

A. Cheryl Ashford says: Choosing your wedding dress is such an exciting experience, yet it can easily become a little overwhelming because there is so much choice and things to consider. What shape shall I look at? What fabric shall I choose? Try not to get too caught up on a certain designer. Instead, look at all the dresses a store has to offer within your budget. Most designers do similar styles, as they all follow the same yearly trends, and no one knows what designer your dress is, so don't worry if you have never heard of them before.

As for what dresses are hot for spring, for 2019 the bridal trends are still very much picking up on elements from a bygone era. By this, I mean lots of 1920s-inspired gowns, with glitz and glam detailing, plunging necklines and sheer/nude panels, giving a tattoo effect on the skin with cleverly placed embellishments.

Let's celebrate

Let's celebrate

Q. My fiancé and I are getting married at a register office to legally tie the knot, as the venue we've fallen in love with isn't licensed. How can we still say our vows and have some kind of service when we enjoy our real wedding at our chosen venue?

A. Janet Glenwright says: Because the legal aspect of your marriage is being completed in the register office, you can use an independent celebrant, who is not confined to using licensed premises. You can have what you want, when you want and where you want by using an independent celebrant, which means you can have the ceremony of your dreams!

A celebrant will meet you to plan what you want included and is able to write you a bespoke ceremony. This can include symbolic elements, cultural elements – in fact, anything you would like can probably be done. Unlike registrars and humanists, independent celebrants are not constrained by any particular dogma.

Your ceremony can still include vows and promises, exchanging of rings with associated vows and the signing of a wedding certificate. This is an opportunity to have a unique and personal wedding ceremony – a true celebration of your love and future together.

Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Q. When I type in “North East wedding DJ” on Google, I get more than 23 million results! How do I know who's best to choose?

A. Simon Jobson says: To be honest, searching for anything on Google will give you millions of results – and the way Google's algorithm is, you may have to dig a little deeper than just the top 10 results to find a DJ who suits your needs. It's worth having a look through the top 100 results, seeing whether any of the website descriptions jump out at you and then taking a note of your favourites. Take a look at each of the websites, see whether they have any photos or videos of the disco in action and check the testimonials page to see how many they have – and if the testimonials are traceable so that you know they haven't just been made up! Check that the services the company provides suits your needs too. Factors such as the lighting it offers, if it accepts playlists and if it is able to mix music will all have an impact on your final decision.

City chic

City chic

Q. I've lived in Newcastle City Centre since uni and can't imagine marrying anywhere else. However, my parents want me to wed in my hometown of Morpeth. How can I prove that a city wedding can be just as fabulous as one in the country?

A. Nicole Wardle says: Can you have it all in the city? The style, the glamour and the incredible photographs? Of course you can!

There are so many stunning venues out in the countryside. However, the diversity and architecture of Newcastle gives us more photograph opportunities than you have time to get around on your big day! Alongside the magnificent bridges stretching over the River Tyne, we have the dramatic backdrop of Central Station, with its incredible arches and lively atmosphere right opposite the County Hotel. Our wedding venue also has newly refurbished suites, while the brand-new Aparthotels have just been completed, allowing your guests to enjoy a full weekend in the city. The Black Gate is also only minutes away – a medieval snapshot in time, perfect for pictures. Or take a quick trip through town to Jesmond Dene, where you can capture the full outdoor fantasy.

Winter blooms

Winter blooms

Q. We're getting married on Christmas Eve 2020 – but neither my partner nor I celebrate the holiday. How can I ensure my bouquet and all our flowers are wintry but not festive?

A. Gemma Coates says: When keeping away from the usual festive deeper tones often used at Christmastime, I would definitely move more towards a crisp white. Different-sized and -shaped flower heads will give a more loose, natural look, with a beautiful light foliage to complement the whites. I would also suggest adding my absolute favourite winter flower: anemone. With its dark centre, this flower is so pretty for a winter wedding, giving a more elegant than festive look.

Eryngium (thistles) are also very popular in weddings all year, and they are not festive but still fit in with the winter months. Blue hyacinth is also available for a brief spell over the winter, and against a white anemone with that deep blue centre, it's a winter luxe look worthy of any bride.

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