Your Herts and Beds Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 96)

HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas BRING ON SPRING What flowers would work best for a spring wedding, and what should we keep in mind? Spring is the season for softstemmed bulb flowers – think tulips, hellebores, muscari, daffodils and ranunculi. There’s also brief chance to use romantic blossom branches! Bulb flowers have delicate stems, so avoid tightly binding bouquets to prevent anything from getting crushed. If you love the eucalyptus look, remember it’s out of season from May to June. So, choose alternative grey or green foliage such as senecio (dusty miller) instead. Sarah Allen Love at First Sight Floristry BREATHTAKING BACKDROPS Why should I book a private showroom and not hold off for a venue’s wedding open day? Open days are exciting, but the venue will be full of suppliers and other interested couples. The busy atmosphere means you won’t get an accurate sense of how the venue will look and feel on your wedding day. With so many stalls and people on-site, it’s easy to miss some areas and features you would have loved. We will always have our key team members at any wedding open day, but they’ll rarely be able to spend more than a few minutes with each person with so many couples there. A private show round appointment allows you to meet the team you’ll be working with, which is an important step when creating your dream wedding. It’s essential to ensure that the team truly grasp your vision and can accommodate it. They’ll be able to share past experiences while helping you understand where everything will go and how it will feel on the day. As the venue is such a central part of your wedding, it’s essential that you feel confident and pleased with the team supporting you on-site. The staff can discuss how your specific wedding will look with the exact number of guests for your type of ceremony and discuss in detail any catering requirements. Most couples don’t have plenty of experience planning weddings, so it’s only natural that questions will arise. Unfortunately, bustling wedding open days are not the best environment for this! Your private show round appointment will allow you to work through your questions individually. Walking around the venue and talking through your day may spark some new ones you hadn’t thought of before. Nazlee Sabahipour | Offley Place | 68