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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: Winter wedding worries

Our experts solve your problems

Winter romance

Winter romance

Q. We're having a Christmas wedding and want to incorporate the season into our photographs. Do you have any ideas of how we can capture wintry images?

A. Michelle Huggleston says: As a wedding photographer, it's my job to work with what you've booked in terms of location and venue. For images with a wintry feel, use your venue as a backdrop and incorporate the time of year into your décor and colour scheme. Your photographs should look cosy and warm, so think of Christmas trees with twinkly lights and stone fireplaces with a green garland across it.

If you're lucky enough to have good weather, pop outside and take some pictures of you snuggled up together.

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Q. We want some fun entertainment at our upcoming wedding. Do you have any ideas?

A. June Gould says: Think carefully about the length of your wedding, if you want activities that bring your guests together and what your venue will be able to accommodate before booking.

The important thing to remember is not to over-plan your entertainment. If you're having a long meal, it may be worth booking a magician, singing waiters or a caricaturist to help reduce awkwardness for people who don't know each other very well.

An experienced DJ will choose suitable music to add ambience and suit the mood of the room.

Activities such as the shoe game will allow your guests to learn more about you as a couple.

If you're worried about being the centre of attention for the first dance, then tell your DJ so they can invite everyone to join in to reduce embarrassment.

If your venue needs to be transformed for the wedding breakfast, then I suggest you provide outdoor games such as Jenga or Twister. This is also a good time for people to sit and chat and get to know each other better. Alternatively, you could hire a selfie wizard which your guests can use to take fun photos.

Snow is falling

Snow is falling

Q. My wife-to-be and I are getting married next December, and we're worried about the weather ruining our photographs. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Peter Morgan says: Couples always worry about whether the weather will have an impact on their photographs. Choose a supplier and venue that can cater for all conditions. Expect the worst and plan for the best, and you'll be fine regardless of what Mother Nature throws at you. A good photographer will have assessed the location before the big day and looked at backup options. Bring a large white umbrella that can be incorporated into your pictures.

Rock n roll

Rock n roll

Q. My partner and I can't decide on a song for our first dance. I love 80s rock while she prefers smooth jazz. Do you have any tips on how we can decide?

A. Martin Goddard says: ❤ Before making a decision, make sure you can dance to the song. It's vital that you feel comfortable enough to move to the music. For instance, some smooth jazz songs have strange beats, and some have none at all, which will make dancing extremely difficult.
❤ If you feel uncomfortable slow dancing in front of your friends and family, then don't force it. Don't do anything that puts you out of your comfort zone and keep things as real as possible.
❤ Choose a tune that relates to you both and combines your personalities.

Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

Q. We're having a Christmas-themed wedding, but we're not sure where to start with the planning process. Do you have any ideas?

A. Jennifer Holdway says: ❤ Set your budget: Establish what you want from the day and how much you want to realistically spend. Once you've decided on an amount, stick to it.
❤ Pick a style: Create a moodboard, joint Pinterest account, or purchase a scrapbook. Once you've gathered enough images, you'll start to notice a pattern of particular colours or styles you both like.
❤ Theme: Look for silvers, golds or deep shades of blue and green. Once you've picked a hue, it will make choosing suppliers a lot easier.
❤ Venue selection: Venues charge more at Christmas and are often booked well in advance, so you'll need to be flexible with dates or book a year or more in advance. Be prepared that churches will be unavailable if you want to get married on Christmas Day and your guests may have other commitments.
❤ Time of day: Catering for breakfast and lunch tends to be cheaper than dinner. The time of day will also impact your photographs. Talk to your photographer before the big-day and explain what you'd like to capture in your pictures.
❤ Invitations: Send festive-themed invitations at least three to six months before your wedding and save-the-dates as soon as you've secured a venue.
❤ Legal requirements: If you're getting married in the UK, then you'll need to give notice at your local registry office at least 29 days before.
❤ Bridal party: You may already know who you want in your bridal party. If not, don't feel pressured into making a decision. The role requires those selected to support you in the run-up to and on the wedding, so think carefully about who you want to fulfil the position.
❤ Guest list: Just because you invite someone to the ceremony, doesn't mean they have to come to the reception and vice versa. You'll also need to decide if you want your guests to bring a plus one or children.
❤ Suppliers: Ask your venue if they have any recommended suppliers or engage the services of a wedding planner to help. Don't book the first supplier you come across. Compare prices and do your research before booking.