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Q. I'm nervous about having my photo taken on the big day and a friend has suggested an engagement shoot in order to help me relax in front of the camera. Is this a good idea?
A. Clive Blair says: Most photographers actually recommend an engagement shoot as, like you, many people don't like having their picture taken. Have a chat with your photographer about your concerns and they should be able to give you a few tips and ideas on how to relax.
When you see the results, you should feel even more at ease on your big day. The session is also important for your fiancé, as I find that usually men are even less keen, but often they're the ones who are first to comment on how easy and fun it was!
Q. Our wedding takes place later next year but I've already selected and purchased my dress. How should I store it to ensure it still looks fabulous on our big day?
A. Karen Hamilton says: Most bridal shops will store the dress up until the day, so that it is pressed just before you collect it. If this isn't an option, the best thing you can do is buy a cotton double duvet cover and put your dress inside with the poppers going across the coat hanger, then store it in a wardrobe.
The cotton fabric will keep it looking great and avoid any discolouration. If you don't have enough wardrobe space, the dress can be folded with acid-free tissue paper and put into a box. This is also a great way to store it after the wedding.
Q. We're having an intimate ceremony overseas but planning a big reception in Birmingham for family and friends when we return. We're thinking of having a buffet but want to offer something a little different to standard fare. What are the latest trends in finger foods?
A. Karen Kemp says: Why not bring a little bit of where you got married back to your party by incorporating some foods from that country? For example, take inspiration from the relaxed Mediterranean way of eating and prepare a really lavish table with mixed bruschetta; try slow-roasted tomatoes with garlic and basil, left on the vine for a great visual effect, baby broad beans smashed with lemon, mint, garlic and olive oil, served with parmesan, or pan-roasted Italian onions in balsamic and thyme with shavings of pecorino and crispy Parma ham.
You could also include skewers of griddled chicken, marinated in lemon and robust herbs, with a bowl of garlic mayonnaise for dipping. Make a salad into finger food by skewering baby plum tomatoes, little balls of mozzarella and basil leaves together, and drizzling them with homemade pesto. Or try cubes of cucumber and slices of oregano-dunked feta with lemon and oil.
For a fresh take on a classic dish, offer different coloured melon balls skewered with delicious Parma ham. You could also use this theme to great effect with Middle Eastern food, too. Think spicy lamb koftas, falafels, spinach and feta filo triangles, bowls of hummus and baskets of warm flatbreads. And for dessert, why not have bowls of ice cream, a big basket of cones and let your guests build their own creations? Just add music and and a tipple inspired by the region to re-live your wedding day with your friends and family!
Q. I'd love to have bespoke wedding invitations but my partner wants to use pre-bought ones to save money. How can I get him to change his mind?
A. Tracie Homer says: If you want to create the right impression, give it serious thought before choosing the cheapest option because sometimes, you get what you pay for.
Choosing personalised stationery may seem expensive, but it enables you to have a theme which is specific to you; after all, you're individual as a couple and your wedding should reflect this. Secondly, bespoke invitations will be printed with all your guests' details, including names, addresses and salutations, which will save you money in the long run – I know from experience how many Christmas cards I spoil when writing them by hand!
Q. My partner and I are getting married later this year but our two families have never met. They live in different parts of the country and I'm worried how everyone will get on. I was thinking of organising a pre-wedding shindig so everyone can get to know each other. What do you suggest?
A. Jacqui Park says: Firstly, congratulations on your engagement – now you need to introduce your two families to each other and decide what type of pre-wedding meeting will suit both. I recommend a relatively short event like Sunday brunch, a family barbecue or early evening cocktails.
It would be best to avoid all-day events as people can feel trapped when spending a long period of time in the company of those they've only just met, and you could risk losing the momentum of the occasion. Whatever you decide this will be the beginning of your new family – good luck!
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