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Q. I'm really nervous about shopping for my wedding dress after a terrible experience in one boutique. I have a fuller figure and am dreading entering another shop that has tiny samples that makes me feel terrible. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Ruth Rawson says: Always check out the store before you step through the door. Many shops these days have a virtual shop front such as a website and/or social media pages. The internet is a great tool to help you decide whether you'd like to experience their service. Try to get a feel for the personality of the business and its philosophy on customer service, as well as the gowns it stocks. If you haven't been put off, get in touch with them to find out what the average sample sizes are and if they carry a specific plus size range for you to try. You should find that if a store has made the decision to invest in a plus size bridal collection, it'll welcome the fuller-figured bride with open arms – and offer you the magical experience every bride deserves.
Q. My husband-to-be is a chef and therefore it's really important to us that our food is top notch. Any advice?
A. Birgit Kehrer says: I'd start by comparing notes online and then make sure you ask around personally and via forums for recommendations.
Get in touch with your shortlist of caterers and arrange a tasting session. If the caterer doesn't offer a tasting session, be wary! Why wouldn't they want you to try their food? Also ask for testimonials or even ask for the opportunity to talk to couples who have recently used their services.
Q. We want to make sure that all our guests have a great time at our wedding and the disco at our evening reception. I'm a bit worried as I've heard some nightmare stories. What advice do you have for finding a DJ that won't seem like he's straight out of Phoenix Nights?
A. Chris Mack says: Having a good DJ will make or break any wedding reception. The first thing is to make sure you know what you want. Think about what music you enjoy as this will set the tone for your reception; you might decide on a specialist DJ, rock and indie music for example – just make sure the DJ you select can provide what you want but also incorporate your guests' tastes as well
You'll invariably have a number to choose from, so talk to them about how you envisage your reception. You'll probably find that you know when you've found your DJ as you'll just click and a 10 minute conversation will go on for ages!
Q. We're currently organising our wedding and have been amazed at some of the quotes we've had for flowers. We need something that's affordable, beautiful and that goes with our winter theme. Can you help please?
A. Louise Harris says: It can seem very daunting finally coming to a decision about your wedding flowers and then trying to meet the demands of your budget. I always recommend to my brides to visit at least three shops for a consultation. This can give you great insight to the various styles and services that are on offer.
Always ensure that your florist costs your bouquet for your individual size and requirements. Petite brides will find a noticeable difference in the price of her bouquet compared to that of a taller bride.
A winter theme allows for a lovely range of colours and textures. Tell your florist that you'd like to include various foliage's and berries. This will reduce your overall costs
Q. We want to choose a fantastic photographer for our big day but don't know where to start. How do we choose a wedding snapper that has both the skill and experience to provide us with beautiful images that we'll treasure?
A. Gemma Williams says: Choosing your wedding photographer is definitely one of the most important investments you'll make in your wedding. The best way to start is to look through lots of photos online and in magazines to get a true idea of the photography style you like best. All photographers are different in their approach, so it's important that you choose something you love and that will suit your wedding.
Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, check out your venue's recommended photographers to see whether anyone on their list fits the bill. Make sure that the ones you like have a website with lots of wedding images in the style you like and that they're consistent. They should also have examples of full wedding days so that you can see the level of skill and quality throughout. Look for great feedback, and an award or two never goes amiss!
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