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Hot topic: Wonderful weddings

Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Q. My partner and I have seen that lots of couples have engagement shoots, but we're a little nervous in front of the camera. Is it something we should consider?

A. Caroline White says: Once my couples meet me they soon realise that my approach will be fun and chilled out – and I won't ask them to perform! Having a pre-wedding shoot is a great way to help you relax in front of the lens. There's a lot of trust involved when choosing your photographer. It's important to find someone who'll give you the confidence to be yourself so you can get on with enjoying your big day.

Rachael and Andrew were both feeling anxious before their pre-wedding shoot, but we ended up capturing some wonderful images of them laying in the long grass with the father-of-the groom's classic car. They used this image as a motif on the big day, with it featuring on their guest book, place settings and on a large easel in the venue. I loved capturing all the emotions of their special day and felt I could blend in perfectly as we already knew each other.

Pearly whites

Pearly whites

Q. I want the perfect smile for my big day but I'm petrified of the dentist – where can I get some expert advice?

A. Dr Clare Robinson says: Looking your big-day best is a priority for many brides and grooms with people investing serious time and money on their hair, make-up and even bodies. We also think that your teeth should be a priority as part of those all-important wedding preparations. After all, you're guaranteed to be smiling all day!

Achieving a gleaming smile doesn't need to be painful or costly, which is what a lot of people associate with a trip to the dentist. At the Dental Café, you can even pop in with your other half and sit back with a cup of coffee for some dental pampering in our informal yet professional environment.

Depending on the existing condition of your teeth, there are lots of non-invasive and affordable options for newlyweds-to-be to improve the overall aesthetic of their smile. A quick scale and polish could be all it takes to give you sparkling, clean teeth. We follow this with Airflow, a system that removes stubborn stains using jet stream technology. Those wanting to lift the base shade of their teeth for a truly striking smile can opt for boutique whitening, which is a safe, easy-to-use method that you can do in your own home after we've created a bespoke mould.

Glitz and glam

Glitz and glam

Q. How can I glam up my simple strapless gown to give it some Christmas glitz?

A. Gail Bell says: At this time of year, low-key looks go out the window – more is definitely more! A simple gown is the easiest style to glam up. Statement Swarovski crystal elements will make you shine; make pieces slightly larger than your normal comfort level for real impact.

A crystal crown or tiara instantly brings the wow factor. Team this with drop earrings and a glitzy bracelet. If tiaras aren't your thing, then a side headpiece is a fabulous alternative and is easy to wear no matter how you style your hair. Don't want to wear anything on your head? Draped body jewellery could be the way forward. This can even be added after the ceremony to give your outfit a lift for the evening party.

Some brides like to bring in a touch of colour to their accessories. Emerald green and red siam crystals dotted throughout your pieces would work perfectly in December.

It doesn't have to stop at your jewellery. We make gorgeous embellished belts that can be sewn directly on to your gown to stop any annoying belt movement on the day

Festive Florals

Festive Florals

Q. We're having a Christmas wedding in a grand stately home. What flowers are available at that time of year to suit this theme?

A. Kate Giernalczyk says: Christmas is a truly enchanting time of year to get married, and there are lots of ways you can incorporate the theme into your bouquet and venue arrangements.

A rustic, natural or woodland look will suit this season and will work with any colour palette. Why not go for icy whites and blues? Alternatively, you could consider the more traditional red, burgundy and gold.

Don't worry too much about availability at this time of year – you still have lots of choice! Roses, carnations, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and stunning jewel orchids are available year-round and suit the season brilliantly. Tie these in with classic December blooms such as poinsettias.

Try adding lots of foliage and natural elements to your floral displays such as holly, mistletoe, ivy, pinecones and winter berries. Depending on the look you go for, adding metallic touches will give you that Christmas sparkle.