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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire and 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

Your Christmas List

Your Christmas List

Q What is your advice on creating an elegant winter wedding?
A Kelly Andrews says: Winter is an incredible time of year to host a wedding, but just like the summer brings with it its very own set of challenges and considerations. Here are just a few things to bear in mind...
•Dress for the weather. If you're planning to pop outside for a photo or to make sure you're prepared. Invest in a super-cute bridal bolero or cape to cover your shoulders, and take a pair of cosy boots to slip into – you don't want to ruin those Jimmy Choo heels in the mud!
•Don't forget the beauty prep. Both the central heating and chill in the air will play havoc with your skin. Be sure to pack a hydrating mist for a spritz during the day and a lip balm to keep that pout kissably soft.
•Photography. Work with your photographer ahead of time to discuss potential backdrops for your couple shots and devise a plan A and B in case the weather doesn't allow you get outside. They'll have the correct lighting and techniques required for fab interior shots, so fear not. But armed with your date, ask potentials for examples of their nighttime and indoor work. Remember, even if it's dry timing is everything.
•Start early. It's a good idea to plan your ceremony for slightly earlier in the day in order to maximise daylight. Particularly on dull days, a 3pm ceremony could seem like twilight "I dos" even if that's not what you had in mind.
•Opt for an all-in-one venue. To save you and your guests braving the rain, or indeed snow, choose a venue that can host your entire day from ceremony to celebrations. Everyone can stay cosy all day and there's no need to worry about hairdos going astray or dresses becoming bedraggled.
•Christmas decs. It's a good idea to ask your venue whether they're likely to have their own Christmas decorations up at the time of your wedding. If so, see if you can get an idea of what they've got planned as they may or may not coordinate with your own styling vision.

Kelly Andrews, Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding

Enjoy The Ride

Enjoy The Ride

Q What is your advice on planning an outdoor wedding?
A The Expert says: Al fresco nuptials can be both exciting and challenging. We hope our tips will help you on your way to your dream outdoor wedding.

• Weather. If you're anticipating a hot day, consider providing handheld fans to keep your guests cool and for grassy areas, heel stoppers can be a saviour, preventing heels from sinking into the ground. Our wedding gazebo offers both shelter and beautiful views over the Mere lake, and our indoor event space ensures your celebration continues, no matter what nature brings.

• Technology. Ensure your vows and speeches are heard by all, especially in an open-air setting. Consider utilising a microphone to amplify your voices, allowing everyone to fully engage in the heartfelt moments.

• Picturesque backdrop. Outdoor settings provide effortless backdrops for your wedding photos. With soft and natural lighting to enhance your photos. Your photographer can guide you to the most picturesque spots and help you capture moments that will last a lifetime.

• Communicate with guests. Inform your loved ones about the outdoor setting ahead of time. Advise them to dress appropriately and provide any necessary details.

Planning an outdoor wedding requires careful consideration. Let our experienced wedding planners bring your vision to life, ensuring an enchanting experience for you and your guests.

The Expert, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

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