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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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Hot topic: Wedding worries

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Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Q. We're tying the knot on Valentine's Day in a lovely barn, but we're not sure how to decorate the space. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Claire Burns says: Valentine's Day is the perfect time of year to get married. In order to incorporate your theme, your venue should look romantic and effortlessly stylish.

❤ Dangle fairylights from the ceiling, wrap them around the beams or simply drape them from the sides into the centre.
❤ Red is perfect for your theme. Try to incorporate it where possible.
❤ Create your own cocktail and give it a quirky name.
❤ For your table plan, choose a willow tree and adorn it with silk ribbons that have scented rose heads.
❤ Use lots of foliage, scented candles and tea lights.

Showered with love

Showered with love

Q. We're getting married in a marquee next February. As the day gets closer, I'm starting to worry about the possibility of bad weather. How do we prepare for this to make sure we still get gorgeous images?

A. Philip Warren says: Some of my favourite weddings have taken place in poor weather conditions, and we've still captured some amazing images.

❤ Try not to stress, and remember that a good photographer will be able to create memorable shots no matter what.

❤ Mother Nature can help create magical pictures. Whether you want a fun and humorous vibe or prefer a classic, romantic feel, a rainy day can lend itself to both.

❤ Soft romantic lighting, circling mist and raindrops will create an effect that you wouldn't get on a sunny day.

❤ Invest in props such as umbrellas and wellies. Match their shades with your colour scheme or go for a more bold look. These will add a fun element to the day and keep your guests talking.

❤ If the sun does make an appearance, then you may be lucky enough to see a rainbow.

❤ Remember, rain means good luck! So don't worry, embrace the conditions and concentrate on the most important thing – marrying the one you love.

Love me like you do

Love me like you do

Q. We're getting married in a few months, and we've left most of the planning until last minute! I'm panicking about how to decorate our venue and finding trustworthy suppliers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Zoë Binning says: First of all, don't panic! Planning your wedding, however short the timescale, is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Relax and follow these simple steps to create a fabulous backdrop for your big day.

❤ When styling your venue, it's important you include lighting, flowers, table linen and chairs.

❤ Once you've taken care of the essentials, you can begin looking at coloured glassware, cutlery, and crockery.

❤ Try to create an impact with carefully chosen items. You don't need lots of decorations, just a few effective pieces. It doesn't matter how much you love something – if it doesn't tie in with your theme, don't use it!

❤ When selecting your suppliers, always go by recommendation. Never go with the first company you find. And make sure you do your research, even if time is short. Remember, you get what you pay for! If one business is considerably cheaper than all the others, you need to ask why.

❤ Enjoy the process and create something fabulous, beautiful and downright awesome!

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Q. We're looking for some fun entertainment for our reception. Do you have any ideas?

A. Emma Daley says: Wedding entertainment used to be limited to just a DJ and dancefloor, but as weddings have adapted, so has the way we entertain our guests. If you want to make an impression, I suggest you look for something quirky and unusual for your reception, such as a photo booth.

❤ Hire a booth that complements your theme or colour scheme. Opt for a stylish and classy look that's sure to wow your friends and family.

❤ If your venue is tight on space, inform your supplier, and they'll help you make room.

❤ Most businesses will provide fun props to tie in with your theme.

❤ Choose a company that can instantly print the images for you. It makes a wonderful addition to your guest book or as a gift for your loved ones to take home.

❤ Customise the photo booth frame with your initials, wedding date or personalised hashtag.

Sing me a love song

Sing me a love song

Q. We're looking for a singer for our upcoming nuptials, but we're worried about booking someone online we've never met. Do you have any advice?

A. Emma Sanders-Burt says: ❤ Before booking any suppliers, make sure they have professional recordings on their website that you can listen to.

❤ They should have a wealth of experience and an impressive portfolio.

❤ Make sure they're happy to meet you in person pre-booking.

❤ Check their deposit policy before hiring them.

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