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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds 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@yourhertsbeds.wedding

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Hot topic: Dream day

Enjoy your dream day with our expert advice

Moment frozen in time

Moment frozen in time

Q. I want romantic shots of my new wife but I'm very awkward when having my photo taken. How can I achieve a natural set of images?

A. Julia West says: My best advice is take a walk with your new wife and chat, this allows for a beautiful natural photo, no-one will be asking you to smile so you can relax and appear happy without prompting on your wedding day. Whilst I always take shots after the ceremony of you both, my favourite time is golden hour, which is the hour before the sun sets.

Say 'I do'

Say 'I do'

Q. We want a non-traditional wedding and my friend mentioned about a celebrant being a good idea, what are the pros to having one on our big day?

A. Kelly Hawes says: There are many pros to having a celebrant-led wedding, particularly if you're looking for something highly personal, different and with the wow factor. The reason being that there are simply no rules in place surrounding location or content.

This is because a celebrant in the UK is unable to perform the legal marriage part (declaratory and contractual words that must be said and the signing of the register). Take out the legal aspect and you're left with all the good stuff including the ceremony, the rituals and anything you want to add or take away.

You can pick any location, time, content and structure to suit your dream wedding – however that may be! The legal bit is done on a separate day at the registry office with just you two, your witnesses and the registrar, it's simply a formality to register your marriage.

As a celebrant I write every wedding ceremony from scratch after meeting each couple and getting to know them and their needs. We will be in frequent contact throughout the process and you couldn't ask for a more personal way to show your love and declaration to each other for the rest of your lives.

Arrive in style

Arrive in style

Q. I am trying to find transport for our wedding that will fit our romantic theme and it would be great to get some advice for the special day.

A. Jonathan Snowdon says: Your wedding starts the moment you wake-up and everything is set, such as the beautiful hair and make-up, the fabulous dress and all that's left to do is get there. At this stage does it feel right to call an Uber or have uncle Derek drive you in his Ford Granada? If not, then why not hire a professional wedding car company to transport you and your bridal party? It will arrive early and is ready when you are. Feel like a star from the golden age of Hollywood being taken care of with a glass of prosecco for the bride and groom after the ceremony to enjoy on your way to the reception. It'll also help capture amazing memories and photographs to cherish.

Trust me, you'll be glad you decided to hire a professional company!

The bling ring

The bling ring

Q. I want to buy my wife-to-be a ring that's really personal and shows just how much I love her. Do you have any tips or advice when it comes to choosing the right one when there's so many on the market?

A. Glenn Chapman says: We always say the best way to guarantee your wife-to-be gets a ring she will treasure for a lifetime is to get her involved with the design from the very start by creating the engagement ring together.

We know there's many options out there with various metals, shapes, stone colours and sizes, which is why many men can find it overwhelming when it comes to picking out the perfect one. We often find that the woman knows exactly the type she wants, so why not design it together and create exactly that?

When visiting The Goldsmithy for any commission, whether that's an engagement or wedding bands, our skilled goldsmiths will sit down with you to talk through all of the options.

The team will offer advice on the best choices to suit your lifestyle and budget as many people don't realise how many options and combinations are available to them! You'll also be able to have a go at our workbench guided by Cartier trained, Glenn Chapman and his son Paul Chapman.

This allows for an extra special and personal experience as you'll be putting your own mark on the ring for a loved one to cherish forever.

Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. My wife-to-be and I are looking for the perfect romantic venue for our wedding day but we're not sure where to start. What questions should we ask venues to see if they're right for us?

A. Anna and Jamie Rankin says: Everything about your wedding venue needs to be absolutely perfect both inside and out – especially if you're thinking about getting married in the summer! You need to ensure the following when selecting the property: that the views and the gardens are beautiful and well maintained, and that the ceremony and wedding breakfast areas are both stunning and romantic. Make sure you check if there's an opportunity to decorate the buliding to match your chosen theme and think about if there's a nice dancefloor and stage for your DJ or band. The most important part is do the staff at the venue really care? Will they listen to you and what you want – not just doing what's easiest for them?

You do not want to be just another bride and groom, it's important to remember that you don't get a second chance with your wedding!