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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 woes

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The look of love

The look of love

Q. We're getting married next spring, and I'm worried that I won't be able to look natural in the photographs. What should I do?

A. James Matthews says: - Having your picture taken can be a frightening experience. If you aren't comfortable around your supplier, then you're going to feel uneasy on the day. Do your homework and book someone you like.

- Traditional photographers take posed portraits. The quality is usually superb, but this will involve a lot of posing and co-operation from you. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, then opt for a documentary photographer. They blend in as much as possible and have minimal interaction with your guests.

- Consider a pre-wedding shoot. This will help break the ice, and by the time your big day comes around, you'll feel more relaxed.

Bloomin' wonderful

Bloomin' wonderful

Q. I'm set to tie the knot next spring, and I'd love to include some of the season's most beautiful flowers. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Justine Scouller says: - Ranunculus is a beautiful flower that comes in a wide range of colours.

- Anemones, hellebores and heavily scented narcissus are also popular.

- There is lots of foliage around this time of year. Look for pussy willows, catkins and evergreens.

- Don't panic about the variety of blooms available. Use your imagination, and source flowers that might otherwise get overlooked.

An al fresco celebration

An al fresco celebration

Q. We're planning to have an outdoor celebration, but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas?

A. Bethan Davies says: - Outdoor weddings are becoming more popular in the UK. Begin by creating a wish list. Jot down all the things you'd like to include such as props, catering, styling, rings and attire. Then decide on a budget. Sit down with your family and work out how much you want to spend on each area.

- If you want an informal meal, look at hog roasts, barbecues or fish and chips.

- Be creative with the space, and fill it with games, lights and lanterns.

- Look at country manors surrounded by beautiful woodland. The trees can be used to hang fairylights to create a magical setting.

- Don't forget to have a backup plan in case of bad weather!

Snap away

Snap away

Q. We're looking for a wedding photographer, but we're a bit worried about booking someone online we've never met. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Clare Price says: - You should always meet your supplier in person before booking. Try to arrange a consultation in their studio or a public place. If that's not possible, try a phone call.

- Ask to see a full album of their previous work.

- See whether they have worked at your chosen venue before. If not, meet at the property before the big day to discuss any ideas you may have.

- If your photographer hasn't shot a wedding at your particular venue, ask whether they've been a second shooter. They may have some images they can show you.

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