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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: Planned to perfection

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Vintage romance

Vintage romance

Q. Do you have any suggestions for a fun way to entertain our guests?

A. Marcus Bell says: ❤ Think about the age range attending. You'll want to create a fun, lively atmosphere that appeals to everyone.

❤ Get creative! Find a source of entertainment that fits your theme and gets people talking.

❤ Here at The Vale Vintage Booth Co., we provide instant photos from our mirror photo booth and give your nearest and dearest a lovely memento to take home from the big day.

Food for thought

Food for thought

Q. We're having a summer wedding and would love to incorporate the season into our cake. Do you have any ideas?

A. Katie Padfield says: ❤ Look for summer flowers, foliage and lush green colours.

❤ Opt for a semi-naked design decorated with blooms or summer fruits.

❤ Soft floral shades are a great way of incorporating the season into your big-day bake.

❤ A hint of 24ct gold will enhance any creation and looks fabulous in the sun.

The wow factor

The wow factor

Q. We've decided to have a grand cake made from cheese. Do you have any ideas?

A. Tom Pinder says: ❤ A cake made up of wheels of artisan cheese will make a striking centrepiece.

❤ Our largest standard creation is six tiers and is nearly half a metre tall. It weighs more than 13 kilos and feeds around 150 guests.

❤ The most important thing to remember is don't compromise on quality by going for a larger option.

❤ Make sure you choose a cheese specialist who sources high-quality products from independent producers.

Smiles all around

Smiles all around

Q. What's the best way to keep our guests busy during the wedding breakfast?

A. Graham Griffiths says: ❤ If you're looking for something a bit different, then opt for a caricaturist. I double up as a comedian and provide plenty of fun and banter. A caricature takes roughly three minutes to draw and most suppliers will work for a minimum of two hours meaning you'll receive around 35 drawings in that time.

❤ During the speeches, I often draw from a distance and hand out my creations afterwards. It's a golden opportunity to capture guests' reactions, and they make a great memento.

Picture this

Picture this

Q. How can we keep photography prices down without compromising on quality?

A. Andrew Dowling says: ❤ Photographs are one of the most important parts of any wedding. Look for other ways of saving money, and remember your pictures will last a lifetime.

❤ If you like a particular supplier and are keen on booking them but can't afford their services, then ask whether they offer an hourly package. That way, you can capture the ceremony and intimate shots without deviating from your budget.

❤ Keep in mind that most photographers will be booked months in advance and will be looking for a full day's work rather than a few hours here and there.

❤ Speak to students who are trying to break into the industry.

❤ Always ask to see a suppliers portfolio before booking.

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