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Ask the experts

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: Expert advise

Our experts solve your problems

In bloom

In bloom

Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful flowers on our big day. Do you have any suggestions on how we can save money?

A. Rebecca Cook says: Be honest and upfront with your florist about your finances, they can then advise you on how to get the best out of your budget.

❤ Stick with blooms that are in season. If you don't have a favourite flower, then ask your supplier what's available at the time of year you're getting married.

❤ Think about reusing your flowers. Getting multiple uses out of each creation is a great way of maximising your money.

If you're getting married, I hope you find these tips helpful! I'm always happy to discuss ideas and offer advice.

Jewel of the aisle

Jewel of the aisle

Q. I'm looking for standout jewellery for my wedding, but I don't want to overpower my dress. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Matthew Barroccu says: ❤ If chosen wisely, your jewellery can be one of your most valuable purchases. Unlike your cake and flowers, your accessories can be used several times over the years and passed on as family heirlooms.

❤ Earrings make wonderful presents from the groom-to-be. If you've already bought some, then why not dress them with diamond jackets?

❤ Opt for a simple solitaire pendant, and if you'd like to add a bit of sparkle, thread it through a diamond chain.

❤ Bracelets placed on delicate chains are very striking. Alternatively, if you're looking for something more extravagant, then a tennis version is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Q. I'm looking for a showstopping wedding dress that doesn't cost thousands of pounds. Do you have any ideas of what I should look for?

A. Georgina Williams says: ❤ Communication is key. Talk to your bridal boutique and explain your financial situation. The staff will then help you find the dress of your dreams within an agreed budget.

❤ Look for a sample gown. These are often dramatically reduced but still look high-end.

❤ Any design can be transformed with a few simple accessories. Opt for a style with clean lines and add a gorgeous belt or sash.

❤ Alternatively, why not create your own? Speak to your supplier and see whether they offer the service. This is a cost-effective method, and it adds a personal touch.

Just the two of us

Just the two of us

Q. We want a customised service and are thinking of booking a celebrant. Do you have any ideas of how we can make the day more personal?

A. Lynda Williams says: ❤ Tie the knot in a place that has a sentimental meaning to you both. Get creative, and remember your chosen venue doesn't need to have a wedding licence. It could be at home, in a marquee, on the beach or your local pub.

❤ Remember you'll need to get the legal part done at a register office. There's no time limit on this. It can be done earlier the same day or a few weeks before.

❤ Your vows can include anything, from religious pieces, verses or poems to hand-fasting ceremonies.

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q. We're on a tight budget but still want first-class entertainment. Do you have any ideas on how we can save money?

A. Martin Goddard says: Here at Music HQ, we see many couples making the mistake of booking their entertainment last, but keep in mind that without it your guests may end up bored.

I suggest you save money in other areas and book a supplier that will help create a fun atmosphere that will keep your guests talking long after the big day.

Your friends and family won't recall the lovely chiffon chair covers you picked out, but they will remember dancing all night long.