Expert advice about wedding planning

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

 

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.

Alison Bell Hornsey
www.barnonthebay.com

 

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.

Christina Stephenson
www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk

 

Festival fever

Festival fever

Q. My fiancé and I attend gigs throughout the year and have decided to make our wedding festival-themed! What tips and tricks are there to help us start the booking process for our summer 2021 celebration?

A. Jamie Bond says: The first thing to think about is what do you both like best about gigs and festivals? Is it the informality, the atmosphere or the shared purpose of everyone being there for the same thing? My experience of festivals is that it's not just about the music but the whole experience: entertainment, meeting new people and leaving normality behind. But what does this mean for a wedding celebration?

By stepping away from more formal wedding receptions, you open the door to so many possibilities – think guests mixing in the open air, playing games or having five minutes in a chill-out tipi after a silent disco under the stars, with street food and midnight ice-cream from grocers' cycles. Of course, this theme can extend through every aspect of your wedding. Why not send wristbands rather than invites and arrange a mini-tipi village for guests to camp in afterwards?

Jamie Bond
www.newclosefarmevents.co.uk

 

Tradition states

Tradition states

Q. What's the reason for throwing confetti at the bride and groom? We've just been told it's a no-go at our venue…

A. Owen Mills says: First, anyone can throw confetti at Hexham Abbey! The reason why many venues don't allow it mainly comes down to environmental concerns – which translates to the venue not wanting to clean it up! In my opinion, the banning of confetti is a bit harsh, especially when you consider the tradition and joy it brings to a wedding day. Confetti goes back centuries, with roots in Italy, where it was seen as a blessing to the couple and often involved rice or grain to signify fertility and the growth of their marriage. Over the years, people became more creative, and colour became a factor to add to the celebration and enjoyment of the occasion. So to save the planet, those non-killjoys among you may wish to look for biodegradable alternatives (such as flower petals) where venues will allow it, although they may be more expensive.

Owen Mills
www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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