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Hot topic: Wedding dilemmas

Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas

Planned to perfection

Planned to perfection

Q. I'm away with work a lot and struggling to find time to plan our June, 2019 wedding. Who do I turn to for help?

A. Lexi Lindley says: A wedding planner would be the perfect solution for you. They'll be there to help you have a relaxed, stress-free experience; whether you need full planning, on-the-day management, or supplier and venue sourcing. I offer a range of tailored services that can be adapted to suit your needs.

I can source the venue of your dreams, and I have a network of trusted, experienced suppliers that I call upon to make your wedding day incredible. You'll be kept in the loop with everything via telephone calls, emails and meetings – if you're able to attend them.

On the day, I'll decorate the venue in your chosen theme and coordinate the whole event to ensure it runs smoothly from start to finish.

Be our guest

Be our guest

Q. Our venue is very modern, so we'd love a contemporary-style invitation to reflect this. What are the latest trends?

A. Becky Owens says: This year, the trend seems to be going back to basics as we see lots of crisp lines and toned-down colours coming in to fashion. Steer clear of lace or earthy tones as these evoke a rustic feel. Instead, opt for a white or grey base, injected with a bright or pastel colour to really make your stationery pop.

A pocket-style invite is great because it's sleek and holds all the relevant information inside. If you're looking for a more trendy option then a postcard design is your winner. Simple and to the point, it can convey all your information without being overwhelming. As there are not many elements to it, it's a budget-friendly option too.

Raise a glass

Raise a glass

Q. I recently went to a wedding where the bride gave a speech, and it made me want to do one for my own big day. The only trouble is, I have no experience in public speaking and I'm terrified! Where do I start?

A. Emma Taylor says: The best place to start is with the structure. Luckily, the bride's speech is not a traditional one so it doesn't have conventions to follow and you don't necessarily have to propose a toast. Here's a quick guide to forming your address:

- Open by thanking both you and your partner's families for any outstanding non-financial help they've given. Perhaps remark on the hours your mum or sister have spent accompanying you to wedding fairs and dress fittings. If you feel you've been a bit of a bridezilla then now's the time to 'fess up.

- If you have a friend or relation who's travelled a particularly long way for your bash then mention them next. Follow this by thanking your bridesmaids for their support. A funny anecdote from your hen do that captures the humour and dedication of your best girls wouldn't go amiss.

- Finally, speak about your new husband or wife – how you came to meet and the life journey you're about to embark on. Keep this light and witty, ending with something personal to you as a couple. Try something like, “I look forward to the years ahead; converting Rob to the wonders of yoga, meatfree meals and moisturising.”

Write up your speech in double-line spacing and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. You can also come along to one of my workshops.

Scent with love

Scent with love

Q. I'd love to get my bridesmaids a really thoughtful present. We've tried to use only local companies for our wedding and we'd like to extend this to our presents – what do you suggest?

A. Florence Verity says: Candles are the ideal gift for your best girls – why? Because everyone loves a luxurious scented candle that reminds them of a precious memory. We have a range of scents to capture your imagination and take you back to your special day. I'd suggest our Champagne & Pomelo. This fresh, opulent fragrance is the epitome of elegance, with an effervescent pop of bubbly to capture your celebration. Designed, crafted and hand-poured in the UK, our products come presented in a luxurious gift box, making it the perfect way to say thank you to your bride squad.

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