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Hot topic: Big-day woes

Local pros answer your big-day woes

Stylishly snug

Stylishly snug

Q. We're planning a November wedding so it's going to be cold. Can you help me decide what I should wear that'll keep me warm without sacrificing style?

A. Cathy Smyth says: Cathy says: Being cold could show in your photos so consider a dress with sleeves and maybe in a heavier fabric like crepe. If sleeves aren't your thing then ramp up the accessories. For the rockier bride you could opt for a leather jacket, the more rustic wedding could lend itself to a denim version or get your groom to be a gent and give you his jacket!

Traditional brides could opt for a faux fur wrap; bolero, shawl or pashmina and snuggly capes are very on-trend for 2020.

If it's your dream to be outside a lot on your day keep your hands warm with a muff or pair of gloves and the last thing to think about is underwear. You can keep yourself toasty warm with some thermal undies – not the most sexy but worth it to keep you comfortable.

Big-day blooms

Big-day blooms

Q. I'd like the flowers in our venue to complement the bouquets but without everything looking too uniform - what can I do?

A. Shane Maple says: Shane says: I'd recommend having a mixture of high and low arrangements for your centrepieces to provide a variety in style. Guests' eyes will be drawn to the high arrangements as they enter the room but when they sit at the tables, the low displays will take centre stage. The smaller posies can be just as special – it all comes down to the design. Flowers displayed in fish bowls stood on mirrored charger plates or wood rounds depending on your theme can look as gorgeous as wow factor pedestals.

For your top table, bud vases with individual stems in each look subtle, yet stunning and if you have a floral display at the alter during your ceremony, be sure to move it to frame your top table – or it could even make a selfie backdrop!

Top tailoring

Top tailoring

Q. A lot of focus is put on the bride's dress but my hubby-to-be wants the experience of finding a suit to be just as special. What are his options?

A. Nigel Salisbury says: Nigel says: A good tailor will spend time to make him feel a million dollars. True quality and style is all about the detail and at William Young 1876, our consultants guide grooms through the fabrics available and will help him to select the style and features of each item, using their experience and knowledge of tailoring. Whether it's a classic or contemporary style, the options are endless.

There's a world of difference between a pre-made garment and one carefully created to your own individual specification – your fiancé's dreams and ideas brought to reality. The key thing here is don't compromise and make the most of this special experience.

Capture it

Capture it

Q. Our photographer's asked us for a list of must-have shots prior to our big day. In your opinion what should we make sure we capture?

A. Davina Paterson says: Davina says: As well as the obvious couple shots there's so much more to catch on film. Personally I love prep shots. I think capturing the day from start to finish enables you to document every detail and create a wonderful story. Be sure to take pictures of your details. Time and effort goes into choosing stationery, rings, flowers and shoes. I also advise my couples to have a copy of the invites in their room when getting ready so I can take some detailed shots.

Group shots aren't the most fun but you're capturing images for future generations to look back on. Make a list and have someone who knows everyone to assist the photographer to make it as quick as possible. During the evening I take a few shots of the dancefloor when everyone's relaxed, happy and having fun.

Makeover sos

Makeover sos

Q. I know the weather is out of our control but I'm worried about the rain ruining my hair and make-up. Do you have any advice?

A. Lorna Kings says: Lorna says: If rain's forecast, ensure brollies are at your beck and call. If all hell breaks loose and a double dose of wind and rain is coming your way, ensure to get your artist to start out with well-secured neat hair; that way, if you want a looser style later, the rain won't leave you looking like a distressed mess. I'm not one for overloading with product, but on bad weather days a little extra won't hurt.

In terms of make-up, try and use waterproof products around the eye area. Good skin prep, primers and setting sprays will be a saviour and rather than wiping away tears or rain, use dabbing motions with tissue to avoid smudging all that hard work to get you looking wedding ready.