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


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


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