Your East Midlands Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 54)

HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas SETTING THE SCENE Our wedding day is approaching, and I want everything to be perfect on the day. What advice can you share when it comes to creating a stress-free day? The days leading up to your wedding should be an exciting and stressfree time – it’s all in the planning. At The Dower House Hotel, we share our event orders with couples to ensure we’re all on the same page regarding the big day. That way, our clients can relax knowing all the details are being taken care of. I usually attend weddings, meaning couples have a familiar face on-hand throughout the day. Creating a calming atmosphere for fun morning preparations is key, something we can offer thanks to our beautiful Wedding Dressing Room. Assign your wedding party with tasks that need sorting, like final touches or essential information to remember. They’re there to support you during the entire wedding and not just the vows, so put them to work. You both need to be calm and stress-free on the day, so ensure your entire day is focused on celebrating your commitment to each other! Carolyn Hutchison | The Dower House Hotel ONCE UPON A TIME We’re having a fairytale-themed wedding in a marquee and want everything to look magical. Do you have any suggestions on how we can decorate the space? Pay attention to all the little details for a fairytale-themed wedding to add a magical atmosphere to your day. You’ll need to tie together the decoration, bridal attire, wedding stationery, catering options and the cake to create a statement theme. Think soft lighting, pastel shades, lots of florals, some vintage touches and soft fairylighs to make the room feel magical. A floral archway will set the mood and give your guests a great photo opportunity too. Long wooden banquet tables create a more secret garden style, while round tables with linen give a more elegant and fairytale vibe. Adding vintage candelabra or lantern centrepieces will create extra impact. If the budget allows, details such as antique picture frames and hurricane vases with candles on tree stumps will complete the look. Think about glass chandeliers hanging in the marquee if you want to go all out. Nicole Crossfield | Sincerity Wedding Styling EXPERT ADVICE 73