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Q. I chose my dream dress about 18 months before our big day and have paid for it - however, I just found out I'm pregnant . It's a very happy surprise, but we've only got seven months to go until our big day - are there any options available to me?
A. Millie Kioffes says: Firstly speak to your boutique – if your dress has not arrived yet, they may be able to speak to the designer or manufacturer and exchange the dress for a bigger size that could then be altered to fit you with your baby bump. If your dress has arrived, then I'm afraid the balance must be settled with the boutique regardless of the fact that it no longer fits... but you still have options.
Can your dress be let out or altered to fit you? If not, try selling it and recoup some money for a new dress.
See if the boutique you bought your dress from has any dresses in their sale in either an empire line or A-line style that could be altered to fit your new figure.
Call other boutiques and explain your situation. By calling first you're saving time going from shop to shop looking for a dress they may or may not even have.
Some boutiques have designers that carry stock or are able to do rush cuts. This means you'd be able to have a brand new dress, but act now, as rush cuts aren't cheap and the closer you get to the wedding, the higher the price will be.
Bridesmaid dresses usually have a maternity range or lots of empire line styles. Consider ordering one in ivory in a large or maternity size, and have it altered to fit you. Bridesmaid dresses have much shorter lead times than wedding dresses and also cost considerably less.
Q. Help! I've had a really bad reaction to a face mask and with only 48 hours to go until we tie the knot, I don't know what to do about my face, which is now covered in itchy red blotches.
A. Charlene Parchment says: Apply a mild anti-inflammatory ointment to cleanse the skin. Make sure it contains no alcohol as this will dry it out and potentially cause more redness. Witch hazel and rose water both have anti-bacterial benefits, so give them a try. I also swear by LLLT, or low level laser therapy, which stimulates collagen and is used for many ailments such as eczema, hair loss and skin rejuvenation. Ultra Renew Plus is also a good option, as it instantly reduces redness and swollen spots, and makes skin glow; breakouts are reduced within hours and the sonar technology forces active ingredients into the lower levels of the skin.
With just 48 hours you may still have redness and for that you'll need to apply corrective concealer to counteract it.
Q. I've chosen beautiful wedding stationery but have just had it delivered and my name is spelt incorrectly - what can I do?
A. Johnathan Wilson says: This is the exact reason why there is a proof developed before the final invitations or products are manufactured. Having someone else proof check the sample is always a great idea because sometimes you're so familiar with the design you can miss the most obvious of errors. I'd immediately contact your supplier and notify them but the outcome will come down to the particular agreement you have with your stationery supplier. I'd suggest discussing this with them and seeing whether they'll offer to reprint the invitations at a reduced rate as a goodwill gesture.
Q. I've booked a wedding photographer for our big day who I thought was going to be great, however a friend has just received her wedding album back from the same photographer and it's awful. I know that photographers get booked up months in advance so I'm panicking - what should I do?
A. Rebecca Mitchell says: Oh dear! I can understand your distress as your wedding photographs are so important. If it's the album quality that's in question, but the photos within it are fine, then maybe get the photographer to do a CD or USB only package, that way you can make your own album, or ask another photographer after the wedding if they could do it for you. If it's the actual photos that are awful, then my advice would be to start to ring around other photographers to check their availability. It's likely that if your friend's album is not good, yours won't be either. Your wedding day is a one-day event, with one shot to get it right. Always try and book a photographer that's been recommended by a friend or someone that has used them before, and thoroughly check their portfolio and album samples too, to avoid nasty surprises like this.
Q. I've finally found my perfect wedding venue and everything is great - apart from the food! I went for a taster session and was really unimpressed with everything they brought out. They have agreed to let me use external caterers but I don't know where or how to start looking. Can you offer any advice?
A. Birgit Kehrer says: Start with an internet search of caterers in the area of the venue or see if the venue has used others before. Try and select three that you like and then email them to see what they can offer. Many caterers offer free taster menus to pick up and taste in your own home. This way you can get an idea of the quality of their food and then start discussing menus. A good wedding caterer should be able to include your favourite dishes.
Ask to see menus from previous weddings they've catered for to get a sense of the scope of the cooking team.
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