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We asked some of the experts attending the wedding show for advice to help with planning the wedding of your dreams.
• If possible it is a good idea to get your disco/entertainment supplier to set up their equipment prior to your ceremony or wedding breakfast to avoid any disruption later on to you and your guests. This can also avoid a delayed start time should your wedding day overrun and provides peace of mind that all equipment has been tested and checked ready for the party later - DJ Chris, The Party Starters.
• When arranging return transport for the evening spread it over several hours as the 'oldies' may not wish to stay to the end and those with young children may want to leave early. So taxis or a minibus could be made available during evening and then the use of the Routemaster bus at the end of the evening - David McMaster, Awayadays, heritage Routemaster bus.
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• Allow time for the receiving line when you greet everyone as they enter for the meal. The receiving line can be just the bride and bridegroom or can include parents, bridesmaids and best man. A hundred guests can take 30 minutes or more to pass through a full line-up depending on how long you chat to each one. It is the role of your toastmaster to advise on all these timings.Don't forget you have a meal being prepared and you don't want it to be overcooked - Bob Lloyd, Toastmaster.
• If you have decided you would like a marquee wedding, find a supplier that has lots of different options so your wedding can be as bespoke as you would like it. Choose a company that will work with you, rather than a company that just erects the marquee. Lighting and internal décor is very important and this is where you can stamp your personality and style.
Remember, marquee hire companies arrange four or five weddings a week every week throughout the season so call upon their experience and always plan everything around a wet cold day. Then you're covered for the worst case scenario and if it's fine, dry and warm then that's a huge bonus - Malcolm Powles, Victoria Marquees.
• Artificial flowers are handcrafted just like real flowers and can look extremely realistic.
Consider the benefits – they are very cost effective, sneeze-free, easy to hold as they generally weigh less, an everlasting keepsake and resilient! Use these for your bridal or bridesmaid bouquets or centerpiece and even button holes - Sarah Christodoulides, The Wedding Party.
• For a pleasurable experience when shopping for your wedding gown, only take a couple of trusted advisers with you – mum and maid of honour – any more than this will cause confusion and tension in this important decision-making process - Kirsty Fletcher, La Belle Angèle by Aurora Designs.
• Book your wedding cake as far in advance as possibly, ideally nine months. This is especially important if your wedding date is in the summer months, as these bookings go like hot cakes. And don't forget to find out if the cost of delivery and set up is included in their initial quote. You don't want to find outabout unexpected costs that increase your budget - Lauren Cowley, Sassa's Cakes.
• Choose in season flowers to highlight the time of the year and bring costs down and speak with your florist about locally sourced flowers.
If you're stuck finding flowers that fit with your colour scheme, use colours which complement with accessories to accent the colour - Katherine Hadingham, Lillianas Florist.