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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: Wedding concerns

Our experts solve your problems

Making memories

Making memories

Q. Our big day is fast approaching, and we're thinking of booking a videographer, but we're not sure what to look for. Do you have any tips?

A. Darren Bye says: ❤ Ensure that your videographer can meet up with your photographer before the wedding. It's important that the two communicate, so they don't get in the way of each other's crucial shots.

❤ Check the contracts of both your photographer and videographer to make sure there are no clauses that may cause issues.

❤ Make sure your chosen supplier has full insurance. Without it, they may not be allowed into certain venues.

❤ Look for credentials to show that they are qualified.

❤ Check the videographer has been DBS checked. This will give you peace of mind about their general background.

❤ Check their portfolios.

❤ Don't be scared to ask for a particular film style. A good supplier will be open to your ideas.

❤ Find out how many cameras and crew will be there on the day.

❤ Some videographers will require a constant light source if the venue is poorly lit. If you think this will ruin the atmosphere, then find out what equipment they would require before booking.

❤ Find out what format the video will be. A good supplier will be able to supply any format you request.

Counting the pennies

Counting the pennies

Q. We're getting ready to book our photographer and were wondering how we can keep the price down without compromising on quality?

A. Carmel Ensor says: Sticking to a budget is easily achievable, here are my top tips:

❤ Research is key! Don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions and see what different suppliers offer. Does the photographer charge for extras that you're not interested in such as albums? If you're creative, consider purchasing a digital package and making your own album.

❤ Photographers will often offer lower rates at the weekdays or off-peak times. Keep an eye out for cheeky offers around the holiday season too! I always offer discounts for the new year and have seen other suppliers do the same around Christmas and Valentine's Day.

❤ Visit weddings fairs as they often have offers galore!

The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful stationery. How can we spend our money wisely?

A. Abi Lewis says: I'm a huge fan of saving money so here are a few ideas to help you cut the costs.

❤ Lots of my recent brides have decided against rsvp cards and have chosen to have a dedicated email address for correspondence instead. If you do plan to have an rsvp card, keep it small and remember A7 cards are cheaper and super cute.

❤ When it comes to invitations, remember less is more. You don't need to pack in everything, just the important bits. If you have additional details such as directions, gifts and accommodation you can create a free wedding website and include the address on your invitations.

❤ Skip the luxurious touches such as foiling, luxury card and wax seals.

❤ Plan early. If you leave it will last minute, you'll end up with an additional fee and potential mistakes.

❤ Double-check your numbers. Most couples initially request one invite per guest, without accounting for families or couples. This will keep the numbers down and save you a lot of money. Always order a few spares just in case of emergencies.

Arrive in style

Arrive in style

Q. We're looking for some quirky transport for our big day. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Luke Van Kempen says: The transport that you choose will say a lot about you as a couple. It can express your personalities, blend with the overall theme of the wedding and is a reflection of the atmosphere that you want to create. Think about who you would like to be transported and how many can the vehicle sit comfortably? Where are you going to and from and how long will the journey be? Will you choose a chauffeur-driven car or self-drive? These are all important things to consider before booking. Here at Van Kampers, we believe that by having a family member or friend drive your transport it makes it more personal, and adds flexibility to the day. Whatever you choose, it can play a big part in your wedding photographs too.

We offer a Volkswagen T2 Campervan for self-drive hire. Our van Willow can seat up to six people comfortably and is ideal for the bridal party.

Cake expectations

Cake expectations

Q. My wife-to-be and I love strong flavours and want something unusual for our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Zoe O'Sullivan says: It's always a great idea to have different flavours when it comes to your wedding cake. Whether it be two or five tiers, opt for a variety to give your guests a choice.

❤ An indulgent strong flavour is black forest. It's to die for, oozing with kirsch cherries, cream cheese frosting and deep dark chocolate, it gets everyone's taste buds dancing.

❤ Alternately, you could select coconut and lime or lemon and blueberry, if you want a zesty, summer taste. Lemon and blueberry is my absolute favourite, and it looks beautiful when cut with fresh blueberries throughout the sponge.

❤ If you want more unusual flavours that people won't expect, opt for Lotus Biscoff, chocolate orange or cherry Bakewell.