FAQs and expert advice about wedding planning

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire & Merseyside 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@yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding


How can we include close friends and family members in our ceremony?

How can we include close friends and family members in our ceremony?

Q. Moments To

A. Sarah Nelson says: There are several ways, so here are seven of my top tips to get you started:

- Have the youngest guests escort you down the aisle, perhaps scattering flower petals or handing out confetti packets to those on the end of rows.

- Buck tradition and get both your parents and/or siblings to walk down the aisle with you as you enter the ceremony space.

- Ask a confident friend or relative to read a poem or an extract from a favourite book or film.

- If you know someone who has a way with words, ask them to write something special for your day.

- If you've opted for a handfasting ceremony, have different friends or family members present each ribbon or piece of fabric.

- If you have a musically talented loved one, ask them to play or sing some meaningful music as you walk down the aisle or sign the register.

- Dancers add a dramatic element to any ceremony, and to be led on entry or exit by those who can weave magic with their bodies would definitely add that extra special touch to proceedings.

Above all, have fun and make it your own.

Sarah Nelson,Moments To


Where to begin

Where to begin

Q. I got engaged at Christmas and can't decide whether to start planning the wedding now with the future so uncertain. What would you recommend and where do I start?

A. Claire Boon says: Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time for you as a couple, but I can understand why you're feeling a little anxious. There's so much you can do in the early stages of planning – even during a pandemic! I'd recommend doing some online research. Discover venues you like the look of, find local suppliers, and browse Pinterest and wedding blogs for inspiration.

I'd also recommend discussing your wedding budget as a couple along with how you'd like to prioritise spending it. Perhaps you'd love a videographer or fun alternative entertainment such as a photo booth? Use this time to get your plans in order, then when lockdown is over you're confident about where to start.

Claire Boon,Bouquet & Bells Wedding Planning


Planning panic

Planning panic

Q. I'm starting to feel overwhelmed with organising our wedding and could use a hand, but I'm concerned about relinquishing control. What's the process when it comes to working with a professional wedding planner?

A. Jennifer Holdway says: You might have watched Father of the Bride and envisage an extravagant wedding planner taking over, running around with a clip board and head set and doubling or tripling the wedding budget. That's not the case. It's your special day, so it's easy to see how your £5,000 budget, can turn into a £50,000 wedding. It's our job, however, to get you the best price and make sure you stay on, or under, budget.

Wedding planners take pride in doing thorough research to find the best location, suppliers and prices. We narrow down your choices to two or three suppliers based on your vision, theme, needs and budget. You will, however, retain complete control, as it will then be your choice which suppliers provide a quote.

Your wedding planner will accompany you to consultations if needed or go on your behalf if you're unable to go. We'll work with you to reduce stress and ensure your day is exactly how you want.

Jennifer Holdway