Expert advice about wedding planning

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

 

Eco vows

Eco vows

Q. How can we make our wedding more sustainable?

A. Katherine Hudson says: Just because your event is for one night only, it doesn't mean what you use should be. It's perfectly possible to make a few small tweaks to maximize the eco-clout of your event…

Cutlery and tableware can be hired, and some companies will even take it away dirty. If you're using food trucks for the evening, insist on biodegradable plates and cutlery. Wooden or banana leaf plates add to a rustic theme and are much better quality than white plastic. You could even encourage sustainable behaviour such as asking guests to bring their own cup.

Using real foliage foraged from the surrounding area and hiring plants to decorate your venue is greener than buying cut flowers. Consider also options like bunting or flower fairylights, or even some well-chosen artificial flowers.

Choose a caterer specialising in local produce. Opt for organic food, and minimise waste by catering for precise numbers. Excess leftovers? Why not donate them to a food bank? You may also consider going veggie, as this type of menu will drastically reduce carbon emissions.

When looking for a venue, try to find one close to most of your guests. You could set up group transportation by hiring a coach if needed. Finally, source local suppliers, with products that haven't travelled across the globe to be there.

Katherine Hudson,Arabian Tents
www.arabiantents.com

 

Where to start with an outdoor wedding

Where to start with an outdoor wedding

Q. We're planning an outdoor wedding, but there's so much to think about! Can you give us some guidance on where to start?

A. Lorna Reeves says: While the UK has an abundance of beautiful outdoor spaces, we also have somewhat unpredictable weather, so you'll need to hire cover – for rain or shade. Therefore, in order to make a start on your planning, you'll need to consider the two main priorities that will dictate everything else: guest numbers and food.

How many people do you want to invite to your ceremony and reception? Any extra in the evening? Once you have decided, make some calls. Suppliers can give you accurate prices and help when you call to book a marquee, tipi or tent. Cover suppliers have so much experience. As long as you can tell them your date and size of wedding, they can advise you on what you might need including extras like electricity and loos. Ask questions. They will help!

Next – food! With so many options, from hog roasts and picnics to afternoon teas and served meals, the world is your oyster. Start with thinking about what you love to eat. Go to caterers armed with that information plus your party size, and they'll work with you to provide your dream menu within your budget.

Make those first essential decisions, and you enable experienced suppliers to help you by making the next steps clearer.

Lorna Reeves
www.myohmyweddings.com

 

Organisation is key

Organisation is key

Q. How do I avoid disaster on my wedding day?

A. Amanda Samain says: Don't under-estimate how long things take to set up on the morning of a wedding. Depending on your venue you may not have access until 10am on the day of your wedding, then you will often need to have the venue cleared by 9am or 10am the following morning. The secret is organisation! Booking a wedding planner or venue stylist can be worth its weight in gold and will be money well spent so you can relax and enjoy your day.

These professionals will meet with you throughout the planning process and go through every detail with you. Then on the big day they'll arrive to set up with their thoroughly briefed team. They'll also go back to the venue the following morning to collect and take down the décor, leaving you free to enjoy your first morning as a married couple.

Amanda Samain
www.hireyourday.com

 

Wedding day guru

Wedding day guru

Q. How do I avoid disaster on my wedding day?

A. Caroline Edwards says: At Crowne Plaza Felbridge – Gatwick, we work closely with our happy couples, to ensure that every detail is planned to perfection. But in our experience, even the most seasoned professional can experience last minute mishaps that couldn't possibly have been predicted.

Our advice to couples is to appoint a trouble-shooting guru for your big day – a person in your wedding party whom you trust implicitly and knows your wedding plans inside out. Whether it's your bestie or a family member, it needs to be somebody that you trust to make decisions on your behalf. That way your nominated person can help wedding coordinators to iron out problems that may crop up on your big day, without you even knowing they've occurred!

We would also recommend creating a wedding 'cheat sheet' for all those involved in your wedding, so that everyone knows the order of the day, what should be happening and when, the vital things that they personally need to remember and contact names and numbers just in case.

Caroline Edwards
cpfelbridgegatwick.co.uk

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