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Q. I'm struggling to find a dress to suit two of my bridesmaids, as they're quite curvaceous. I want them to feel confident, comfortable and gorgeous on my wedding day. What styles would you advise for larger women?
A. Louise Thompson says: To ensure your bridesmaids feel great on the big day it's important to be open-minded with fabrics and silhouettes. Talk to your chosen girls and ask what's important to them. Do they want something loose across the tummy or do they want to cover their arms? Stick to floaty chiffons or georgette fabrics and avoid anything tight and clingy like satin as it highlights lumps and bumps. A good pair of support pants will also work wonders.
If your bridesmaids are different shapes and sizes, consider putting them in various styles of dress but in the same colour. That way everyone can choose the dress that best fits their body type while ensuring they still look like part of the bridal party.
Check out Dessy's new Lovelie collection for plus-size bridesmaids. The website (www.dessy.com) allows you to change the colour of styles on screen so you can see what different gowns would look like in your chosen shade.
Q. We've invited quite a few children to our wedding and it's just dawned on us that we should arrange something fun to keep them occupied while the adults enjoy the day. What do you recommend?
A. Rhiannon Sinnott says: Have you thought about hiring a crèche? This seems like the perfect solution. You can book a friendly, experienced and qualified team who'll create a safe and fun environment for the children to enjoy. They'll work alongside the bride and groom to tailor the crèche to the specific ages of your young guests so that the activities and games are age appropriate.
There are plenty of options available such as a Nintendo Wii, movie corner, pirate hat making, dressing up, necklace designing, party games, arts and crafts and much more. You can discuss your own ideas so that little ones fit into your perfect day.
Q. We're marrying at a little church out in the sticks with no florists nearby and I'm worried how we'll keep the bouquets, floral displays and buttonholes fresh on the long journey. What advice would you give to protect and preserve the blooms so that they're still perfect on the day?
A. Claire Jones says: With all of my bridal bouquets and buttonholes I put the finishing touches to them first thing on the morning of the wedding rather than the day before to ensure that they're as fresh as can be.
However, if this isn't possible I'd ask your florist to bind the stems but leave them long so that you can transport them in a small vase with the stems in water. They can then be cut once at the venue. It will give them a boost of hydration and make sure they're not out of water for the whole journey.
I'd also re-soak any oasis floral arrangements and use a water mister to give the buttonholes and bouquets a quick spritz when you arrive.
Q. I've heard lots of people say they were at their wedding venue until late the night before their nuptials setting up and decorating ready for the morning. I really don't want to do this, as I'd like to be relaxing with my bridesmaids that evening. How can I get around this?
A. Lydia Holley says: This is certainly a concern for many brides; it's the difficult battle between stepping back and handing over versus the overwhelming desire to be there yourself ensuring everything is exactly as you planned.
There comes a point where you have to have faith in the suppliers you've researched, selected and entrusted with your vision. Many suppliers offer a delivery and set up option for a nominal fee, which although is another cost to add to your stretched budget, will inevitably save you the time and stress of panicking about those details the day before. Give them clear instructions of what you want and as professionals they'll strive for perfection. Sometimes it's worth speaking to your venue or your florist to see if they'll provide assistance in setting up any additional items you have, and more often than not they're happy to help, allowing you time to relax with your bridesmaids and family.
Handing over the finishing touches to your trusted suppliers enables you to shift the focus on to enjoying the special occasion, which is the most important thing!
Q. I'm getting married in a few weeks and I've totally forgotten about my something blue! I need an easy way to work this into my bridal look – what do you suggest?
A. Suzanne Hussey says: An inexpensive solution is to choose a garter that has the colour blue designed into it. A lot of brides like to wear a garter on their big day so it's ideal to incorporate the two. It also provides a fun photo opportunity!
Other suggestions are that you could create a bow out of blue ribbon and have it lightly stitched to the underskirt of your bridal gown or you could stick blue diamantés onto the underside of your shoes and flash your something blue as you walk down the aisle.
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