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Ask the experts

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East 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@yournortheast.wedding

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Hot topic: Big day etiquette

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

Grow long

Grow long

Q. I'm desperate to grow my hair for my wedding in January 2022, but it never seems to get past a certain length! Should I just stop visiting my stylist for six-weekly trims?

A. Michelle Weatherly says: Gemma says: This is a good question and I get asked this a lot. You should not stop seeing your stylist, but make your appointments further apart. For those clients that normally visit six to eight weeks we would advise to go about 10 to 12 weeks, as this means we won't be cutting off the hair that has just grown through. Everyone's hair cycle is different, but on average hair should grow about half an inch per month if kept in good condition. To maintain your hair try using conditioning treatments once a week. Also, if any heat is being used on the hair regularly, the number one rule is to always use a heat protector. Once the hair is damaged and has split ends, the only way to get rid of them is to have them cut off.

Word on the street

Word on the street

Q. There's such a huge trend for street food at weddings that my fiancé and I are keen to jump on board! How do we know which is the best to choose?

A. Carl ODwyer says: Carl says: Street food is trending more than ever of late and getting very popular for weddings, especially for evening time. Key things to look out for are to check a business via their social media profiles, to see how popular they are – and how much they engage with their social following. Check out their reviews on Facebook, Google and Trip Advisor, and if possible contact a couple of wedding reviewers for feedback on their service and value. You can also choose to visit them at events or their usual trading place to get a feel for their customer service – and of course try their food before you commit. It's best to get several quotes from different vendors, too, to help you ensure you make the right choice for your big day.

Thin line

Thin line

Q. I'm naturally very slim and normally wear a size six. As such I'm worried most dresses will show off the fact I have no curves or chest! What gowns should I be looking at to help me look my best on my big day?

A. Susanne Shah says: Susanne says: The best advice that I can give, is to try on different designs and shapes. Often brides disregard a particular dress, but they could fall in love with it once they see it on. Never judge from the hanger!

With a slim figure and smaller chest you have the advantage of being able to consider a backless dress, as less support is required. If that is too much on show, then a strapless dress would work, to give a romantic and sexy look showing off your neck, shoulder and back. Consider dresses with ruching across the chest, too, as this can give the appearance of a fuller bust. Embellishment across the neckline or delicate embroidery and beading in the right places can also give you shape.

A dress that fits snug to your waist will help accentuate the curves you do have and a ballgown with a fitted bodice and full skirt, would give the illusion of curves and a very feminine shape.

Two can play that game

Two can play that game

Q. A lot of my married friends say it's important to hire a wedding photographer that supplies more than one snapper for the big day. Do you agree?

A. Chris Todd says: Chris says: Here at Christography we offer two photographers, as you're right; it's a massive selling point to many brides and grooms. The reason for this is it means we can cover both sides of the wedding party, from prep right through to coming together at the ceremony. We like to call ourselves 'Swiss army photographers', as we like to go above and beyond! From lacing up bride's dresses to the groom and ushers' buttonholes, we can help with it all. Having two photographers means you can capture different angles and different perspectives, whereas with one they can't be in all places at the same time and may miss out on a fantastic shot as a result.

A grand affair

A grand affair

Q. The guest list my parents have given us for our Asian wedding is far more than we expected. Is it really possible to host a reception in the North East for over 600 friends and family?

A. Rebecca Whitehead says: Rebecca says: You're in luck – Wynyard Hall is the perfect venue to host a wedding of this size! Our stunning Grand Marquee has been perfectly designed for large-scale Asian weddings, spaciously seating up to 650 guests. Styled in a modern, neutral colour palette, it's Wynyard Hall's most contemporary wedding offering – consider it a blank canvas to make your own. This versatile venue has a reception area for arrival drinks and greeting guests, plus plenty of space for dining and evening celebrations. Asian wedding parties wishing to use their own external caterers can also make use of the highspec kitchens, which are included in the venue hire. Furthermore, the marquee also offers a beautiful adjoining garden, providing further space for guests to enjoy the celebrations. You will find vivid flowerbeds, carefully placed between lush, velvety lawns and a patio area to enjoy drinks outdoors.

Save our planet

Save our planet

Q. I'm passionate about watching my carbon footprint and want my July wedding to reflect this as much as possible. How can I make sure my flowers are as eco-friendly as can be?

A. Moira Angua says: Moira says: The very best way to make sure your wedding flowers have as little impact on your carbon footprint as possible is to simply make sure your florist buys British. Better still; make sure they have a local grower/supplier. As a florist, a lot of our product come from abroad – Holland, South America and Kenya mostly. However, I do buy from a local garden grower wherever possible and I think that most other florists are leaning towards that option too. July is the perfect month for buying British as there's a huge choice available then.

There are other ways to make sure your wedding flowers have a low impact on the environment, such as planning your venue dressing – such as centrepieces and arches – to be foam-free; that's without using oasis as a water source. Table flowers in reusable containers such as vases or glass jars are far more ecologically-friendly than arrangements that require floral foam. A nice idea is to re-purpose your wedding flowers afterwards, taking them to a nursing home, hospice or women's shelter, for example.

I recently worked on a wedding where the guests were given succulent plants as favours (they were even grown by the couple) so that they could be kept and planted afterwards. I loved that idea. Small plants, packets of wildflower seeds and even having trees planted in the guests' names as wedding favours are all good ways of helping the environment and wildlife.