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Local pros help personalise your day
Q. We don't want our wedding cake to be the same as everyone else's and want it to reflect our personalities. What do you recommend we choose for wow factor?
A. Tracy Newton says: Many couples are looking for a cake that reflects their personalities, interests and passions. This can be as simple as incorporating a personalised topper on a traditionally beautiful, classic wedding cake. Depending on the overall vibe of the day, a themed bake can be a real showstopper – like the ice hockey trophy design pictured.
Personalising your cake doesn't mean it has to be any less beautiful. A good designer will take the time to incorporate as many of your personal ideas into the overall style through a one-to-one consultation where they'll sketch ideas for you to see. It depends on you how far you wish to take the theme – remember, there are no hard and fast rules for the style of a wedding cake, its yours and should be exactly as you like it!
Q. My two young daughters are my bridesmaids and I'd love to incorporate their love for princesses into their posies so that they feel extra special. How's best to do this?
A. Hilary Cooke says: Over recent years we've seen an increase in flowergirls and younger bridesmaids as part of the bridal party, and what's better than having your own children present on your wedding day? We've been asked to incorporate many different favourite things into wedding flowers – even dinosaurs – so a princess theme is fun and easy to create. Adorn a wand – which many girls enjoy carrying – with pretty, fresh flowers to complement the wedding colours. Why not accompany it with their very own matching tiara too, making them feel like their favourite princess for a day?
Q. Lots of brides wear the same dress. How can I customise my wedding gown so that it's bespoke to me?
A. Annalisa Jones says: There are plenty of ways and means of making your dress your own. Think about altering your silhouette by removing the underskirt or hoop, or bring in a splash of personality with contrasting shoes. Accessorising your waistline with a vintage sash or belt is a popular option, or attach a customised lace brooch or corsage to the hip.
Any dress can look dramatically different simply by choosing the right cover-up. Lace and silk wraps can give you an instant high neckline, just as beaded silk capes can transport you in to another decade entirely. The choices are endless.
Q. My fiancé and I want something a bit different to entertain our guests while we have our wedding photographs taken. What do you suggest?
A. Jack Roberts says: If you want entertainment to really wow your guests post-vows I'd recommend hiring crazy golf. It'll not only get your guests interacting, they'll have fun competing against each other using their skill and judgement to negotiate the tricky obstacles. Opt for a world-themed course such as the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids and Statue of Liberty, and you and your guests will have travelled the world before you even jet off on your honeymoon! Let your loved ones do their own thing or organise a competition for those that want to get involved.
And to tailor the entertainment specifically for you and your new hubby, the contemporary course will feature a bespoke bride and groom-themed hole too!
Q. We'd love to have a live band for the evening reception but it's really important to us that all our favourite songs are played. How does it work? Are you able to request songs for a band to play or do they have a set playlist?
A. Darren Parry says: Experienced bands will know what songs most crowds will be receptive to. Performing a mix of 1960s classic songs right the way through to current chart hits ensures there's something for everybody.
When you first contact a band, it'll normally send you a set list of songs. You can then select which tunes you'd like to be played, which you don't like and even artists to avoid completely. The band can then change its set accordingly.
Most performers are happy to learn a few new songs for you big day too, like your first dance or any tunes that have particular meaning to you and the groom.
Few bands have the time to learn four or more new songs for one particular function but should always try its best to give the client what they want.
Song-wise, it's your wedding and you need to be happy, but always bear in mind the age of your guests and their musical tastes too. You want everyone to have as good a time as possible.
If you want one particular artist's hits played then you may want to consider a tribute act.
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