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Hot topic: Big-day boho style

Create your own wedfest with the help of our experts

Gorgeous gown

Gorgeous gown

Q. We're planning an outdoor wedding with a relaxed vibe. What sort of dress should I opt for that will give me the boho look?

A. Sam Newby-Ricci says: If you're planning a relaxed wedding that breaks with tradition you're definitely a boho bride. You won't be wearing ivory satin shoes with a kitten heel or a tiara. When it comes to the dress, think crochet, statement lace and possibly tassels. Skirts can be flowing in soft chiffon but if you're thinking of a fitted gown, opt for relaxed with cheeky splits in the skirt. Illusion or barely-there-backs are popular and plunging necklines with embroidery appliqués complement outdoor nuptials. Willowby by Watters nails this look. Always fashion-forward and affordable, this is the go-to designer for me when looking for a relaxed vibe.

Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Q. I love the idea of a festival wedding and can't wait to get creative with the décor but I'm not sure where to start. Can you give me some ideas?

A. Pauline Maxwell-King says: Typically this style takes place outside surrounded by nature and the sky's the limit when it comes to your styling. You can choose simplistic flowers or colourful wild blooms worn in the hair and used in hand-tied bouquets for that rustic feel. Paper lanterns will add a pop of colour to your venue and fairylights always look stunning adorning tress and in tents and tipis. During the afternoon, guests can have fun on bouncy castles and into the evening campfires and blankets are a lovely touch.

Add photo walls into your styling for that personal element and for your catering, street food served out of pop-up stalls or converted horseboxes or campervans will go down a treat. Live music will get the party started and for the ultimate festival-feel why not offer glitter tattoos and face painting?

Naked back

Naked back

Q. We've decided on a naked cake design to complement our rustic theme but I'm worried it'll go dry once it's displayed. Help!

A. Susan Halil says: Essentially, exposed sponge will start to dry out in a way that cakes covered with sugar paste don't. If you want a cake that has no covering, then the risk of dryness can be mitigated by adding a little syrup to the sponge and ensuring that it's set up as close as possible to serving. A great way to overcome the problem of dryness is to have a semi-naked bake. This comprises a small amount of buttercream that's scraped around the outside to provide some protection for the sponge. It still won't be as well sealed as a sugar paste creation, but it could be the answer if you really love the naked cake style but still want some reasonable display time.

Glamp it up

Glamp it up

Q. The ultimate must-have for a festival wedding is a tipi but we have lots of guests so would it be large enough?

A. Ceri Provis-Evans says: The beauty of tipis is that you can connect as many as you need together to create a space that'll accommodate your guest numbers. Most couples opt for two, three or four linked in a variety of formations – though in 2017, we linked seven for a huge Greek wedding!

To create a real festival-vibe you can separate your tipi into different sections. Use one for a bar or chill-out area, one for the meal, and one for a music area. If you've got a lot of kids coming, why not include a kids play area to keep them occupied?

Spring blooms

Spring blooms

Q. I love natural looking flowers. What options do I have for my springtime wedding?

A. Shane Maple says: There are so many gorgeous flowers in bloom at this time of the year. Everyone instantly thinks tulips, so I'd steer clear of them to add a little more wow factor to your bouquet. Keep it traditional with a spring feel by adding hyacinths with roses for a lovely scent and add smaller flowers such as muscari. If you fancy being a bit braver then add a splash of colour using bold orange and yellow with succulents. Don't forget you can add tulips and other spring flowers on your table arrangements.

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