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Q. I need to source outside caterers as my venue doesn't offer food. I'd like it to be fresh, modern and on-trend, but I don't know where to start. What's hot this year, and how do I find the right caterer for our wedding?
A. Nina de Kretser says: Individualism is this year's emerging trend. Couples are keen to stamp their own personality on their wedding food. The result feels very bespoke.
Your chosen caterer should encourage you to offer thoughts on your favourite foods so it can create a menu to please you both. With the emphasis on creating and cherishing memories, guest interaction plays a key role in today's weddings and nothing can help facilitate that better than a meal served family style. Imagine beautifully presented, fresh, vibrant starters and sides arranged on the tables for guests to help themselves. It's relaxing and works well with both formal and laid-back settings. Or the passing of small bites such as mini Moroccan chicken skewers alongside manchego cream and membrillo star crostini encompass both North African and Mediterranean flavours – strong culinary trends for 2015.
Finding the right caterer can feel like a daunting process. Spend some time meeting the staff face to face, you'll know instantly whether they have the passion and drive to follow through with your dream wedding. After all, it's the biggest day of your life.
Q. I know you have to book early to secure a good photographer – but other than drooling over the gorgeous real weddings in magazines, I don't know what I should be looking for – could you give me a few tips so I can make a shortlist?
A. Simon Hadley says: Wedding photography has changed a lot. With camera phones always at hand we're all more visually literate, and that means you'll probably have some very strong opinions on what you want.
It sounds obvious, but researching the style of photography you want at the beginning should make the search much easier. For instance, choosing someone who excels in a documentary style might not be the way to go if you require lots of formal group shots at the palace.
When you've got a shortlist, arrange to meet before agreeing anything. Sometimes this may be tricky, but you'd be amazed how many people just meet on the day after a few emails or calls – having a total stranger shooting bridal prep shots in your room may be uncomfortable.
Meeting also allows you to make sure you're on the same wavelength as your photographer – you're putting a lot of trust in this person to record your day. You need to check they're professional, capable and prepared, but also creative enough to get those memorable images that really capture the emotion of the day.
Rest assured I'm taking all my own advice to heart as I'm getting married this year and will soon be looking for a photographer. Let me know if you find a good one!
Q. I've just started to plan my wedding but I'm already lost. How can I narrow down the venue search and what should I be asking when visiting venues?
A. Lorraine Butler says: Sit down with your partner and put together a checklist of your priorities. Start with the type of venue you're looking for. Is it contemporary or vintage? Rustic or chic? Quirky or minimalistic? Use Pinterest to put together a moodboard to help you visually identify the features you want. The checklist should include location and venue capacity based on the number of guests in the wedding party. Use the criteria on the list to browse the web, eliminating venues that don't fit and adding ones that do to a shortlist.
Visit the venues on your shortlist in person to get a real feel of the space and how it would work for your special day. Openly discuss your requirements and aspirations with the venue's wedding coordinator. Being well versed in the spaces, the coordinator will know what works and can offer suggestions and alternatives to enhance the big day. If you can, visit the venue when it hosts a wedding fair, you can see the rooms dressed for celebration and meet helpful preferred suppliers.
A good venue should have a list of frequently asked bridal questions that you can discuss on a site visit. For any questions that may arise after a meeting, your venue should be available on the phone, email and Twitter.
Q. I love flowers but I don't know where to start with my wedding blooms. What arrangements will I need and how far in advance do I need to book my florist?
A. Liz Inigo Jones says: Once you've booked your venue, look at photos from previous weddings there – this will give you an idea of what may work for you. Talk to your chosen florist about the venue, see if they've worked there before and have any suggestions.
There is no 'normal' wedding set-up, but traditional options are one or two pedestal displays near the altar or registrar table, and something on the registrar table which could double as a table centrepiece. 'Extras' like pew-end flowers, lanterns and candelabra will depend on your budget. For the reception, you could reuse the pedestal displays from the ceremony and just order table centrepieces, or you might go to town with garlands and bespoke arrangements for the space.
The best thing is to find a florist whose style you like. Talk to them openly about what you like and don't like and about your budget – a good florist will be able to suggest different options based on what works at the venue and what works for you and your pocket.
Most importantly of all, have fun with it – this is a really pretty part of the wedding.
Q. Our dream venue has offered us a last-minute cancellation, but I don't want to compromise on the other elements of our big day – how far in advance should I order my cake and is there any chance of a quick turnaround?
A. Yvonne Slough says: It all depends on your design. Most cake decorators require three to six months notice, but in some cases can fit you in. Most act on a first-come, first-served basis, as they have many enquiries.
If your preferred cake supplier is fully booked on the day, it might be worth enquiring what they are making. For instance, if it's a chocolate and vanilla cake, and you're happy to go for the same, it could be possible to make two. It's true that at short notice, the decoration may not be as elaborate, but again a good cake supplier should be able to do something amazing for you.
Firstly ask your venue if they supply a wedding cake. If not, it probably has a list of tried and trusted suppliers that it uses on a regular basis. A good cake maker will always offer suggestions and ideas you may not have thought of. Of course, if you know exactly what you want, the earlier you book and pay a deposit, the better.
Liz Inigo Jones
Sales and marketing manager
Nina de Kretser
Catering and events manager
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