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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex 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@your-sussex.wedding

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Hot topic: Autumn nuptials

Our experts offer stellar advice on creating autumn nuptials that dreams are made of

Bullion for you

Bullion for you

Q. I'm looking to wow our guests with venue styling that's both modern and quirky - what can you suggest?

A. Alison Hood says: Hanging hoops of bullion are a hot styling newbie that we expect to see much more of over the coming months. These fanciful ornamental braids or fringing are made with twists of gold, silver or white threads. In fact, they've been used similarly in design and décor for decades but appear to be making a stylish comeback.

Bullion cords have a remarkable ability to create an immediate impact, with their grand presence introducing an entirely different ambience and air of elegance to any setting. Additionally, they are tremendously versatile, blending beautifully into any theme, whether it be modern, minimalist, edgy, bohemian, vintage, quirky or classical.

Big in impact, small on budget. What's not to love? This is one design element to deserve a seat at the style round table for a long time to come.


Psst… check out page 67 to see this style must have in action!

Seasonal sweetness

Seasonal sweetness

Q. What flavours and style of bake would you suggest to complement an autumn wedding?

A. Annie Rogers says: Moving into autumn, for many couples, means moving away from strawberry or lemon freshness and into chocolate or salted caramel heaven. Fruitcakes can be more popular during the autumn months too, with couples opting for a lower tier in a rich brandy-soaked bake covered in marzipan and fondant or royal icing.

Naked or semi-naked cakes are making way for the more unusual creations, with the geode style taking centre stage for those wanting to make a statement. As for floral drama, a simple poppy might be all that's needed, particularly during November, to create a bake to remember.

Blooms to berries

Blooms to berries

Q. What are the best blooms to feature in my autumn bouquet and centrepieces?

A. Steph Willoughby says: ❤ Dahlias are enjoying a revival and are fantastic garden flowers for bouquets and table décor. The range of colours, from blush to magenta, is huge.

❤ Chrysanthemums are also back in fashion, especially the large single bloom varieties. They last up to three weeks – great if you're gifting your flowers at the end of the day.

❤ Carthamus is a bright orange thistle-like flower. An unusual choice, but they work beautifully in buttonholes.

❤ Choose berries to reflect the season. Red rosehips, pink and orange hypernicum (St. John's Wort) and callicarpa, with their stunning purple hue, will look amazing and add texture to your arrangements.

❤ If you fancy something totally luxurious, now is the best (and the cheapest) time for exotic tropical flowers like purple vanda orchids, cerise and red ginger and flamingo flowers. Ask your florist to create linear table centres using these beauties for a real wow factor.

Colour me autumn

Colour me autumn

Q. We're getting married next November and are struggling to settle on a palette. What would you advise?

A. Amanda Samain says: 2020 will see a mix of palettes. We have the ongoing trend for white and greenery with a pop of gold, then there's the opulent navy, burgundy and plum tones. Woodland weddings and natural vibes are still strong and can set off a venue spectacularly, lending it an enchanted ambience. White table linens with bold-hued napkins can finish a tablescape beautifully, and you can make an even bigger impact by adding tinted glassware.

Bind us together

Bind us together

Q. I've heard about a handfasting ceremony as an alternative to a traditional service but don't know what it entails. Can you tell me more?

A. Claire Bradford says: Handfasting is a beautiful ceremony with roots that go way back in history. It's the origin of the phrase “tying the knot” and symbolises a couple binding their lives together in love. You can opt for a full handfasting ceremony, which includes aspects such as “calling in the quarters,” where your union is blessed with the qualities associated with compass directions. Alternatively, you can choose to incorporate it into any ceremony style you wish.

Some couples opt to have the handfasting cord wrapped around their hands as they say their vows. It's then tied to signify the binding nature of their promises to each other. Others will have guests come up and add ribbons so that they end up with a colourful pompom. There's a wealth of possibilities.

The handfasting cords themselves can be made from football scarves, lengths of family tartan or plaited ribbons to match the day's palette. One couple even knitted their own in the colours of their respective Hogwarts houses! Ask your celebrant how to make your ceremony personal to you.