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Our experts advise on what to do after the big day
Q. I want to keep my dress after my wedding but wondered if you could offer any advice on how to keep it pristine? Where and how should I store it?
A. Ruth Rawson says: The first thing to do is have your wedding dress professionally dry cleaned; stains and odours become more resistant over time so you want to ensure your dress enters storage as clean as possible. The best way to store a wedding dress is in a box as opposed to a hanging gown bag. You're looking for an acid free/pH neutral box, and for extra protection, line it with bleach free muslin. When folding your dress into the box, try not to crease the material; gentle folds are best, using a layer of acid free tissue between every layer of dress material. If it has a structured bodice (with boning), you can help maintain the shape by using a 'bust form' or simply scrunch up tissue paper – this technique also works to hold the shape of sleeves.
Q. We have so many amazing wedding photos from our big day – where and how do we start whittling them down for the wedding album?
A. Gemma Williams says: Narrowing down your favourite photos for your wedding album can be a challenging task! I always recommend breaking the day into the separate sections – getting ready, ceremony, reception, speeches, evening fun, etc, and try to choose roughly equal numbers of pictures from across the day, to
ensure a good balance.
Try to include story-telling pictures – they're key to capturing the feel of the day. Try to include pictures of close family members and loved ones in your album, but don't worry if you can't feature everyone. The whole range will always be available on your USB stick or online gallery, but your album is the place where only your absolute favourites will be preserved for all time. Finally, I also love to do some full-page spreads of those epic couple shots of the two of you together in the grounds of your venue, so make sure you choose your favourites of those too.
Q. I'm having quite a few 'bits' done before our wedding next month and we go on honeymoon three days after that. Do you have any advice on how to make sure my eyelash and hair extensions, as well as my gel nails all still look lovely while we're away?
A. Sarah Russell says: The biggest piece of advice is to do a trial run-through with your chosen stylist/technician, before the big day. If you haven't had any of the treatments before, you may find they're not for you and you then have time to explore other options. Make sure you follow their advice too, you've chosen them as your expert, so listen to what they have to say.
Here are a couple of tips that will help to make sure everything stays tip-top for your honeymoon.
1. Sleep on your back when you first get them done. This gives the glue time to dry and helps stop your lashes getting kinks.
2. Take your make-up off very carefully and don't rub your eyes.
3. A little comb is usually provided with your treatment, so make sure you use it and comb the extensions out.
1. If you're having work on your cuticles done before the big day, then get this done separately to the nail application. Oils can stop the gel adhering properly, so they peel off more easily.
2. If you're worried about the regrowth showing while you're on your honeymoon, take a glitter polish away with you and fill in the gaps for a reverse glitter ombre look.
1. If you've never had them bonded or woven in before, you may find the extensions feel very tight – they can take some getting used to. If you're not sure, then go for the clip-in ones. These are great as they're simple to use and you can easily take them out to brush them, restyle and wash them, so when you pop them back in they're always at their best.
2. High quality extensions will look good for longer.
Q. How long after the event should we be sending out thank you notes and do you have any advice on how we can personalise them?
A. Johnathan Wilson says: My advice on this is based on my own wedding, and I sent mine out when my nan started 'reminding' me that she hadn't yet received hers [which was about a month after the big day] I'd recommend having some personalised thank you bunting made, have some photos taken of yourselves in front of it and use those images for the front of your cards – it's simple, inexpensive and really effective.
Q. I'm going to be suffering with post-wedding blues once all the excitement's died down. Can you suggest anything to reduce the bump back down to earth?
A. Faye Knight says: There's nothing quite like the buzz of your wedding day, and after all that excitement, it's normal to feel a little dejected. Why not take up a hobby with your hubby? Learning how to play golf together, for example, is a great way to spend quality time with each other. If getaways are more your style, treat yourselves to a mini-moon weekend somewhere you've never been, which will give you the chance to relax and unwind.
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