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Our experts advise on throwing an al fresco celebration
Q. I'm on the hunt for the one but have a few boxes that my dress needs to tick for my summer nuptials. I want a style that's cool to wear, on-trend and comfortable so that I can take part in our outdoor celebration, including lawn games. What do you advise?
A. Alison Patterson says: For your lovely summer wedding I'd suggest the stunning SON91462 by Veromia (pictured), a playful tea-length gown from their latest collection, which has a sweetheart neckline, heavy embroidered lace bodice with organza full skirt and detachable lace-embellished straps.
This gown is part of the award-winning Sonsie collection designed by Jason Jennings. Jason's designs are created with ultimate fit for a sexy yet feminine look. This gown will not just give you confidence to look amazing but will give you the comfort to participate in all the big-day fun too.
Q. The majority of our dream day will hopefully be al fresco but we need to be realistic about the great British weather, which may well require guests to have brollies instead of sunnies. How can we plan for a gorgeous summer's day while preparing for a showery one?
A. Henrietta Hensher says: If you're keen to have an outdoor ceremony or any part of your wedding set outside I'd advise you always have a back-up plan in place, which means the entire event can take place inside if needs be. When couples marry at The Corran, we always have two options available so that newlyweds-to-be are confident that, come the day, if the weather changes, the move to bring the celebration indoors is done without compromising their original vision. Wedding venues should be efficient at adapting to any scenario.
Key items for all outdoor events include a cover or canopy, where possible, to protect the barbecue, eating areas and drinks reception; weather-proof furniture; proper outdoor lighting; and above all an indoor option – ideally with large windows offering scenic views – if the weather really plays up.
Q. Before we get our heart set on a style of wedding cake, we want to know which designs are best for summer nuptials and whether there are certain types we should avoid.
A. Rebecca Gilmore says: It's amazing how many different wedding cakes there are to choose from, and it can be incredibly difficult to choose. Firstly, you may wish to think about your wedding theme, colours, venue and even what flowers you'd like to have, which will help you decide.
I love summer weddings as you can have bright vibrant colours or more subtle pastel shades. Vintage-style cakes are very popular and delicate lace details look beautiful when coupled with seasonal sugar flowers. Make sure you give your cake maker samples of colours that you're using so that it can be coordinated perfectly.
Hand-painted, metallic, buttercream and ruffles are also on-trend this season. Why not incorporate fresh flowers or seasonal fresh fruit into your cake design too?
There's no style that should be avoided for summer nuptials – my advice is to choose what you like as this is your day and it should reflect what you want.
Q. My partner and I are having a festival-themed celebration in the summer and would love our big-day transport to tie in with the theme. What do you recommend and how can we make the most of the vehicle on the day?
A. Sharron Taylor says: A festival-themed wedding or celebration wouldn't be the same without a VW Campervan or Beetle – imagine people running around a summer meadow bare foot with flowers in their hair before dancing the night away to live music in large tipis or marquees. Synonymous with many major music festivals from the 1960s, such as Woodstock and Glastonbury, VW Campervans and Beetles help bring the spirit of free love and hippy '60s back to reality on your special day. At this year's Cwtchfest Wedding Festival in the Vale of Glamorgan, our vehicles were an absolute hit with festival-goers.
Make the most of your VW on your wedding day by using it as the ultimate prop for your big-day photographs. Park it amongst hay bales or alongside tipis and take plenty of snaps in and around it. Add a picnic blanket, hamper and guitar to help create the most amazing laid-back shots of you and your new husband with your family and friends. They really are the most perfect yet romantic vehicles to snuggle in the back of while you watch the sun set and dream of your future lives together as Mr and Mrs.
Q. We're a foodie couple and want our guests to be impressed with the big-day fare, but are worried a three-course meal might be too heavy in the August heat. What summer delights do you suggest we serve instead?
A. Andrew Purnell-Rees says: The excitement of your wedding is likely to make your guests hungry and it's a long day so you'll want to ensure they have a substantial meal whatever the weather. In my opinion a three-course meal isn't too heavy, providing you go with light summery dishes. I'd suggest swapping a red meat roast for a chicken dish or delicious white fish such as seabass, which is sure to impress the foodies. Swap soup starters for a refreshing salad, such as a goat's cheese and red pepper tian, and opt for an Eton mess or a zesty dessert instead of a heavy chocolate pudding.
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