Expert advice about wedding services

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


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!

Kate Owens-Palmer


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!

Cheryl McElderry