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Borrowing from the past

Borrowing from the past

Q. How do I give my wedding reception a vintage feel?

A. Jenna Stewart says: Take something old and make it new again. Picture a world filled with all things pretty and delicate, inject a hint of romance and Chanel No.5 and finish with lashings of Babycham!

You could have small vintage touches for the toast with teacups and saucers followed by a retro typewriter for your guests to leave you messages on. Why not opt for floral arrangements in teapots or perhaps a steamer trunk full of sweets? Go all out with this theme by serving a quintessentially English afternoon tea or three-course meal on fine china before swinging to some 1950s rockabilly music.

It's not just about creating a look but also setting an ambience by recreating a time before the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives.

Modern love

Modern love

Q. We're having a contemporary city-centre wedding. What new bridal styles are coming through that would suit this?

A. Camilla Britten says: There are so many new trends in the coming season that'd be perfect for your wedding. It's important to think about the practicalities of the day. Is it an intimate setting with little space? What are the logistics of getting to and from your venue?

Something we've seen from designers, which would be perfect for you, is the detachable train. This is a thoroughly modern way of ensuring you have grandeur for your ceremony but comfort throughout the rest of the day. St. Patrick by Pronovias has done this perfectly with its 2019 gown Katja. A stylish, fitted crepe number, it's sensual and delicate, like the flower petals that inspired the design. It features a detachable embroidered train that cascades down with drama and grace. This can be removed to reveal a smaller puddle train for dancing the night away.

Away from it all

Away from it all

Q. We want a bit of action, culture and relaxation on our honeymoon. What destinations do you suggest?

A. Sarah Roberts says: Thailand offers natural beauty, culture and history as well as some of the warmest people you could ever wish to meet. With tropical jungles, chaotic cities and a heavenly coastline, this country is rich in rewards for the adventurous. There are also many beaches to choose from so it's easy to find your vision of perfection, from the peaceful seclusion of Khao Lak to the party atmosphere of Phuket.

Bali has long been equated with an exotic paradise, making it Indonesia's top tourist destination, but it's easy to get off the beaten track. Canyoning, white-water rafting, hot springs and Hindu temples are all on offer, or join a tour to see the rice fields or climb to the top of Mount Batur at sunrise.

Shimmering golden sands, compelling cultural sites and welcoming people make Sri Lanka an increasingly popular destination. Go on a Jeep safari in Yala National Park before having a go at kayaking, abseiling or jungle treks. Among its stunning temples, ancient ruined cities and other architectural treasures are several UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Be our guest

Be our guest

Q. We're planning a timeless, classic celebration, like Carla and Aaron's real wedding in the last issue. What style of stationery should we go for?

A. Lynne Knox says: To make an impact, I'd suggest using a decadent high-quality satin ribbon that matches your colour scheme and accent it with an eye-catching embellishment. You can make your stationery look really luxurious by utilising pearlescent, glittery or patterned paper.

The great thing about this look is it can easily be used throughout your big day. The invitation is your guests' first clue to what your wedding will be like, so why not carry this through to your menus, table plan and place settings?

I offer a free consultation so you can be a part of the whole design process ensuring you have items that are personal to you at an affordable price.

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