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I'm with the band

I'm with the band

Q. My dad is adamant he wants '60s music at the evening of our wedding. However, my mates will want more up-to-date tunes! Are there wedding bands that versatile, or is it best to stick to a DJ?

A. Gareth Beddard says: Weddings now are more like festivals, and you'll want your guests to have the time of their lives – and go away talking about your wedding for years to come! I therefore believe you're best booking a band, as live music creates an atmosphere and energy through a visual performance for your guests to enjoy.

Most bands have versatile set lists – ours ranges from Queen and AC/DC to smash hits from The Backstreet Boys and Hanson! Make sure you choose a band that you enjoy, remembering it's your big day. You can always have a DJ at the end of the evening, and most bands provide this service inclusive of their rate. When enquiring about a band, ask to see their set list and, if possible, go to watch them play a live gig.

Look good on the dancefloor

Look good on the dancefloor

Q. My hubby-to-be is, to put it bluntly, an awful dancer. He's just admitted he's worrying about our first dance, so how can I put him at ease before our big day in six months' time?

A. Joanne Birt says: Wedding first dances can be daunting for many brides and grooms, but one simple thing to remember is that it is your special moment as a couple. As long as you both have fun, your wedding guests will enjoy watching you both – plus you will remember it forever! However, I specialise in wedding dances and can choreograph some simple movements to your song choice, which will help your hubby-to-be with his two left feet. I offer a friendly and fun service that caters to anyone's needs, and you'll be surprised at how quickly he could progress into a nifty mover!

Being human

Being human

Q. We're far from traditional and definitely not religious. We've heard about humanist services but are unsure exactly how it all works…

A. Kate Owens-Palmer says: A humanist ceremony is the perfect opportunity for a couple to have the wedding of their dreams. You may want an intimate, romantic, light-hearted or fun occasion – or any combination of these – and this is where a humanist celebration is key. Start by getting to know the humanist celebrant who will work alongside you; they'll be writing and conducting your wedding, which means you are fully involved throughout. Each ceremony is unique to suit your personalities and is full of meaning, involving those closest to you. You can be sure that, in listening to your hopes and ideas, they can create a memorable wedding ceremony perfect for you.

What is worth noting is that for humanist ceremonies in England and Wales, couples will generally legalise their marriage by registering their union with their local registrar in the days before or after their wedding – this gives you a wonderful freedom to hold your ceremony anywhere you please!

Festival fever

Festival fever

Q. I met my husband-to-be at the Isle of Wight festival – and he proposed the following year at Glastonbury! We therefore want to host our own mini wedding festival, but so far the venues we've looked at are far too regimented. What can you suggest?

A. Alison Bell Hornsey says: We love it when there is a connection between the engagement and the wedding, as it's a great opportunity to let your personalities shine through. I'd say the key to a successful festival wedding is having everyone stay on-site, so try to find a venue where there are options for everyone (remembering that not all of your guests will rough it). We have options – camping, glamping, beach cabins, a bunkhouse and cottage – to suit a variety of guest needs.

Music and food are the next most important things. If there are a few bands, we strongly recommend using a music agent to book, as they'll make sure they all turn up on time, avoiding delays that could spoil your day. For food, look for a venue that allows you to book your own caterer. Then inject your personality with street vendors that you love.

Flower power

Flower power

Q. What are the trends for wedding flowers? We're set to wed in November and want stylish blooms that won't cost the earth!

A. Moira Jacqueline Angus says: There's so much choice for wedding flowers all year, and for a November wedding, there are lots of interesting possibilities. We still have the classic staples available, such as roses, garden roses, classic hydrangea, orchids, eryngium and lisianthus, but we can also lean towards the more seasonally autumnal berry choices, like skimmia, rosehips and ilex, all giving fantastic texture and colour to your bouquet.

As for the style and shape to choose, the world is your oyster, and it's really down to personal choice. The wilder, looser and unstructured garden style hand-tieds are still popular at the moment. If you prefer something with more defined shape, then a more compact hand-tied or a shower bouquet (sometimes called cascade) could be a better choice for you.

For table decor in November, I love to see rich-coloured flowers combined with succulent fruits such as figs and pomegranates, flickering candles and fresh, scented foliage. For me, it's all about bringing the outside in and celebrating the colours of the season.

Kids' club

Kids' club

Q. Many of my besties have young kids, but I want them to enjoy my wedding without spending the day chasing their little ones around. What can we do to keep them entertained?

A. Charlotte Turner says: The easiest option for you and your guests is to let me take care of them! My company, Mini Mixers, offers a crafty nanny service, which provides the children with oodles of crafts to tackle. From cupcake decorating to games, this service gives parents the freedom to enjoy your special day. I'm available from the end of the ceremony to get creative with the kids, helping them make a memory from your wedding and allowing the grown-ups the chance to relax. What better gift can you give the parents – I can even eat with them at a separate kids' table!

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