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Hot topic: Big day dilemmas

Unsure on etiquette but don’t know where to turn? Our North East experts are here to help

Doggy daycare

Doggy daycare

Q. We both want our fur baby, a pomeranian called Poppy, to be part of our wedding day. The venue's dog-friendly, but we're struggling to find a member of the wedding party willing to look after her. Is there anything we can do?

A. Cheryl McElderry says: You could hire a pet chaperone company, like my own, to ensure you're safe in the knowledge that Poppy will be well looked after. I'm an experienced veterinary nurse who has chaperoned many important fur babies to their parents' wedding.

Poppy would be collected on the morning of the wedding and taken for a long walk to get rid of any nervous energy. Wishbone Weddings would then spruce her up if required before safely transporting her over to your wedding venue.

Poppy would spend time with you and your guests on your special day, and Wishbone Weddings would offer plenty of comfort breaks, water, treats and lots of cuddles. When you feel that you have spent enough time with Poppy, she would be taken on a final walk before being taken to her overnight stay.

Photographs are also taken of Poppy during her Wishbone Wedding adventure, so you will be able to see what she got up to on your day!

Need for speed

Need for speed

Q. My fiancé has just popped the question, and because of his mam's ill health, we are keen to tie the knot as quickly as possible. Is it achievable to plan and hold a stylish affair for 80 guests in only six weeks?

A. Christina Stephenson says: You don't have to wait years to plan your dream wedding – planning a wedding in six weeks is achievable and usually more cost-effective too. For a short-lead wedding, most venues will have special offers available and sometimes peak dates because of cancellations, which would usually be double the cost – meaning you can have a stylish and sophisticated wedding for a fraction of the price.

Planning in six weeks can be less stressful too, as you have less time to mull things over and change your mind on colour schemes, decorations and outfits, which can sometimes set people back if they buy items then change their tastes.

Wedding showcases and fares are great to attend, as you can tick off everything from your list in one room, from photographer, wedding cake and entertainment to even booking your honeymoon. Most wedding venues will hold their own, but there will more than likely be a wedding event each month that you can attend somewhere local to you.

Writing guide

Writing guide

Q. What is the etiquette for wedding stationery these days? And are there any set rules to follow in terms of the way they should look?

A. Victoria Jamieson says: Your save-the-dates and invitations are one of the first glimpses of your wedding that your guests will see. Use this exciting opportunity to be creative while still informing guests of all the essential information. It's always better to give guests a little too much information, such as directions, accommodation options and dancefloor tune choices, than not enough, which will save you having to answer further questions closer to the big day.

Wedding stationery can be as traditional or as quirky as you like, and that doesn't just mean the design. The layout, wording or colours you decide on should all reflect your style, personality and wedding vision. I recommend sending save-the-dates around one year before, and invitations three to six months before the wedding. If your big day falls on a week day or in holiday season, it may be worth sending sooner so your guests can plan ahead.”

Sole mates

Sole mates

Q. Keen to find the perfect wedding shoes? Here's bridal designer Kate Fearnley's guide to what you should consider…

A. Kate Fearnley says: 1 How tall are you?
Before you rush out and buy those skyscraper heels, it's worth bearing in mind what this will look like in photos. “I would always advise that the heel isn't going to have the bride towering over the groom and also isn't a health hazard, as we would hate to think of a bride taking a topple on the big day.”

2 How long's your gown?
Don't forget you've also got to factor in the precise length of your dress before the shoe shopping begins. “As a bespoke dress designer, I would advise our customers to bring their wedding shoes to their dress fittings, as heel height does affect posture. We also need the actual shoes that will be worn to enable us to fit the dress to the perfect length.”

3 Where's the wedding?
You've chosen a tipi in the middle of a field – are those Jimmy Choos really the best choice? “Location is always an important factor – I would expect our brides to consider this when deciding on a shoe style. Heels stuck in a muddy field isn't a good look!”

4 Can you wear them in?
As much as you want to save them for best, it's always wise to give your chosen shoes a trial run – just not on your Newcastle city centre hen. “I would definitely advise brides to give wedding shoes a good trial in the comfort of their own home. This will wear in the shoes and also will keep the shoes clean.”

5 Will they last the distance?
While lusting after those designer numbers is one thing, choosing practical footwear that won't see you dancing barefoot at the end of the night is a much more level-headed option. “Choose comfort over and above everything else. It's a long day, and painful shoes won't make for happy photographs! Our range of shoes are incredibly comfortable, and you don't have to compromise on style, either.”

Snap happy

Snap happy

Q. We're only having 20 guests for our wedding, and as such, my husband doesn't feel we need to pay for a photographer! How can I convince him that snaps taken on people's phones won't be the way we want to remember our big day?

A. Laurence Sweeney says: A flowergirl's smile, a mother's tear and a proud father – you need a professional photographer to capture those all-important moments. The number one regret for most couples is not having a professional wedding photographer. Your guests may take fab photos with their mobile phones, but can they anticipate those special moments before they happen? Remember, if the moment has already arrived, then it could be too late.

Your guests may want to enjoy the day and have a few drinks, and by knowing that there is a professional photographer around allows them to relax and be part of the day rather than worrying about having to take any pictures. Professional photographers may be able to offer bespoke packages to cover as much or as little time as you wish them to be there. They can also create a story of those special moments, which you can look back on over the years for some amazing trips down memory lane. Have no regrets – just wonderful memories.

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