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Hot topic: Ultimate romantic wedding day

Our experts offer stellar advice on creating the ultimate romantic wedding day

Perfect harmony

Perfect harmony

Q. We know how important it is to get our wedding entertainment right and want everyone to have a great time. Where should we start?

A. Nathan Evans says: Bear these key points in mind and you can't go far wrong…
❤ Season and theme. Music can enhance your theme and bring it to life, so think about what fits. ❤ Type of venue. Every venue has it's own criteria including floorspace restrictions, permitted sound levels and whether music can be played inside or out. Be sure to find all of this out before you book.
❤ In-between moments. Consider your guests. They'll have to endure a lot of waiting around at various transition points. Entertainment will keep the day flowing and the atmosphere lifted.
❤ Budget and guest list. Be realistic. Try to allocate between 10- 20 per cent of your wedding budget to the entertainment and look for acts within your price range. Remember you may need to cover travel and food, sometimes even accommodation and equipment.
❤ Do your research. Ask friends, trusted wedding suppliers and top local venues for their recommendations. They'll know of the best, reliable and most professional acts around.
❤ Think of everyone. The most successful parties have a little something for all, so be sure to cater for a wide audience. Good quality acts confidently know which bangers to pull out of the bag! ❤ Help is at hand. Using an agency like Toast can take the stress out of planning. Our in-depth knowledge of venues means we can confidently answer your questions and make suitable recommendations. Booking a trusted artist guarantees outstanding entertainment, leaving you to enjoy your day.

Gone with the wind

Gone with the wind

Q. March is significant to us and we'd like to choose this month to say our vows, but last year in particular the weather was awful. How would we get around that?

A. Tania Jonas says: Don't let the weather ruin your day! We photographed two weddings in 2019, with gale force winds, but neither let the extreme conditions affect the joy and fun of their days one iota. One of our brides lost her veil completely – the wind just took it and it flew into the grounds.

If you're brave enough to face the elements, some fun shots can be had. You'll always remember exactly how your day was. If the venue has a gazebo, you're sorted. Good cover for the bride and groom is all that's needed, and some wonderful photography can be captured making the use of flashlights. Alternatively, you can always stay in and use natural light coming through the windows for photographs. Above all, embrace whatever comes your way!

Labour of love

Labour of love

Q. We plan to get married in February around Valentine's Day. What romantic touches can we bring to our big day to make it even more special?

A. Sally Gallis says: You may automatically think of soft, muted pastels and pretty florals, but elements can be included in lots of ways in order to add something extra special. Choosing to have your wedding near Valentine's Day means that it will be particularly romantic and a perfect excuse to really show your partner how much you love them. What's important is that the details you choose are authentic and completely you. Some romantic ideas include personalised cake-toppers, table names or sharing your milestones on a blackboard.

I think it's super-romantic to find a way to connect with your partner prior to the ceremony. I'm a sucker for a secret love letter or a personal token delivered to your intended before the day gets going. One of my brides commissioned a lapel pin in the shape of their beloved Labrador's face for her new husband to wear – a great way to include a special member of the family as well as a personal symbol of love.

Using a celebrant

Using a celebrant

Q. What are the benefits of using a celebrant rather than a registrar?

A. Rachael Thompson says: Simple! Celebrants will work alongside you to ensure your ceremony lives up to your dreams. There are no restrictions on venue, date, location or time. You can hold your “I dos” where you chose. The venue doesn’t have to be licensed, so that special place may be a beach at sunset, a woodland glade, or even your own garden.

You’ll find that your celebrant will take the time to get to know you as a couple, so that they can create a loving and meaningful ceremony totally reflective of you. There’ll be no standard script, no rules, and no wondering who’s going to turn up on the day to perform your nuptials. You also have the option to include any symbolic rituals, or perhaps you prefer to keep the more traditional elements, it’s completely up to you. What’s more, my ceremonies are dog-friendly so your best buddy doesn’t have to miss out on the fun.

It’s worth noting though, that celebrant-led ceremonies aren’t legally binding, but a quick visit to the registrar to complete the legalities is all that’s necessary.