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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales 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@yoursouthwales.wedding

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Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q. My hubby-to-be and I are looking to book a band for our big day. We've created a playlist of our favourite songs. Would they be able to learn them for our nuptials?

A. Martin Goddard says: Here are my top tips:

- Look online at suppliers repertoires and music videos to see whether any of them play your favourite tunes.

- Choose an experienced performer who's able to play a large selection of genres.

- Listen to your supplier. They will have lots of experience and will be able to give you feedback and advice on your song selection. Just remember that you might love a single by Napalm Death but that your grandparents are unlikely to boogie to it on the dancefloor!

- No band will expect you to choose their entire set list, but they will always take your favourites into consideration.

- Try to think less about the exact tunes you want to hear and focus on finding a performer who will create a great atmosphere on the night.

Play me a lullaby

Play me a lullaby

Q. My hubby-to-be and I are looking to book a harpist for our big day. We've created a playlist of our favourite songs would you be able to learn them for our upcoming nuptials?

A. Katie Bayliss says: Choosing your music selection is a big decision and it's important you make the right one!

- My repertoire has more than 100 songs so it's likely I can already play your favourite song. If not I take requests free of charge to ensure you have the tunes you love.

- I cover most genres including pop, rock, Disney, Welsh and classical.

- To bring your playlist together and ensure you're happy with your choices I offer a free consultation.

Pretty as a picture

Pretty as a picture

Q. My hubby-to-be and I are worried about having our pictures taken on our big day. We're not the best posers but would love a few snaps in the venue's gorgeous grounds. Do you have any advice?

A. James Matthews says: The majority of couples I work with feel nervous about their big-day photographs, but try to enjoy the process. I suggest you look at the photojournalist style of photography. This is a popular option with newlyweds who don't want forced or posed images. Your chosen supplier will use a modern camera with fast, high-quality lenses to capture snaps without you even realising they were taken.

A photojournalist will shoot images in a candid style using any light available or with a camera flash. They work quickly and quietly in the background and will have little interaction with you or your loved ones, but most will take group shots if you ask them too!

Paper chase

Paper chase

Q. I'm looking for gorgeous save-the-dates and stationery for our wedding. The only trouble is that I'm not sure what style I'm looking for or even what I should be asking local stationers – help!

A. Victoria Kania says: Here are my top tips:

Save-the-dates

- You can send these out as soon as you've decided on a date and place.

- To keep the cost down, you may want to gather your friends' and families' email addresses and send the information digitally.

- For the price of a first-class stamp, you can send your guests a postcard or greeting card instead of a traditional invitation.

- If your budget allows, you could even purchase personalised fridge magnets or pencils.

Stationery

- Pinterest can be your best friend for generating ideas and deciding on what styles you like best.

- If you're undecided about your theme or colour scheme, the best thing to do is tell your supplier about your likes and dislikes. Then you can follow a process of elimination where you can rule out designs, styles and hues that you don't like.

The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. I'm looking for gorgeous save-the-dates and stationery for our wedding. The only trouble is that I'm not sure what style I'm looking for or even what I should be asking local stationers – help!

A. Layla Holzer says: Your save-the-dates are the first glimpse your loved ones will have of your upcoming nuptials, so choose a style that will complement your overall theme. This could be the colour palette you've chosen, the décor, style or even the location.

If you've found a local stationer you're interested in working with, describe your wedding to them and ask whether they have any designs that would complement your vision. Ask what finishes they offer in case you fancy foiling, embossing, wax seals, ribbons or calligraphy. These extra little touches will look fabulous!

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