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Our experts on adding a seasonal touch
Q. Our cherry-blossom themed wedding is planned for next spring and, as my other half's family are Japanese, I love the idea of creating a Marryoke-style film on the big day. What are your top tips for hiring a videographer?
A. John Dixon says: Marryoke wedding films are great fun. Not only to watch over and over again, but also to make.
Choosing a videographer to film, edit and produce your film may take a little work on your part. Not every videographer, however skilled, will have experience in this field. So, check that anyone on your shortlist have previous experience of creating either a marryoke film or something very similar, like a music video.
The look and style of a finished wedding video hugely contributes to the way your friends and family will remember your wedding day. With this in mind, make sure that you watch enough sample videos to understand the style of the particular videographer you're considering.
Once you've found a someone you believe would be amazing for the job, why not ask to meet them? Afterall, this person is going to spend all day with your friends and your family. You'll be able to tell in the first five minutes of a face-to-face meeting whether or not they're the one for you.
Finally, check the contract. Make sure that, if anything should possibly get in the way of your videographer attending your special day, they have a back-up plan in place. Brides, please don't worry, this very rarely happens but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Q. I love the sound of a spring wedding and am obsessed with the idea of staging an Easter egg hunt for our guests but I'm worried about the practicalities. How can I realise my dream without causing chaos?
A. Louise Warren says: Everyone loves chocolate so what a great and original way to engage guests. As you say, it's important not to make it too complicated.
Keeping it simple will allow all your guests to get involved and enjoy the experience. It will also mean you don't have to worry about logistics, which is the last thing you want to be doing on your wedding day. Why not let your bridesmaids or someone from your wedding party plan it all? They can hide the eggs, provide a few simple clues to each guest and keep plenty of spares handy for those guests who are unable to join in.
Obviously, whether there are any suitable hiding places depends on your venue choice. This kind of event works best outside, on a terrace or in a garden setting. You could conceal the eggs in plant pots and trees.
Q. I love the idea of an outdoor wedding, but as we're tying the knot in spring, which is a bit unpredictable. Is there a way to weather-proof our big-day plans?
A. Dominique Douglas says: Many couples dream of a spring wedding in lovely sunshine, with their guests sipping champagne in an elegant garden. Sadly, all too many have their vision dampened by rain and a cold wind.
No matter what time of year, you'll need to consider the weather conditions and factor in a plan B. Your wedding venue should be able to assist you with a wet weather option; this could include having your drinks reception or dinner inside, instead of in the garden. You may also be able to put up a marquee or gazebo in the garden, which can look very pretty.
The main thing to remember is not to stress over it too much. There are so many other things to consider when you're planning your wedding, so I always suggest to my couples that they should concentrate on the things they can control, and goodness knows we cannot control the weather, especially in Britain!
Q. I'm struggling to choose a suitable flavour for our cake. We've chosen a spring theme for our big day but I can't for the life of me think of a suitably seasonal flavour. What would you suggest?
A. Nia Barnabie says: It's always best to go by what's in season when looking for a possible flavour. Zesty lemons are always a fresh pick at this time of year; so a delicious lemon drizzle cake would be perfect for your spring theme.
However, if you're looking for something a little more unusual, the garden-fresh taste of elderflower cordial swirled into buttercream would be very apt for this time of year. A naked cake decorated with fresh fruit and elderflower sprigs would look simply stunning
Q. I adore spring flowers, but having had many a bunch of tulips wilt in front of my eyes, I'm worried that the pretty bulbs I love don't have the staying power for a bouquet. How can I get that spring feel without the worry that my arrangements will be drooping by the speeches?
A. Elizabeth Marsh says: Tulips won't droop if properly conditioned and arranged carefully with the heads protected – ideally in a spiral. If you're worried about this, it's probably better to use something a little more robust for your bouquet – and let's face it, the choice is yours at that time of year. The question is what do you like about tulips? They can be seen as a more modern flower, in that case a bouquet of roses with a fairly small head, arranged in a tight posy will have a similar feel.
If you want that burst of colour, you could use any flower from lime green guilder rose (viburnum) to peonies (the first ones appear in late April, early May), tiny little muscari for the delicacy of their florets, lily of the valley (although this is incredibly delicate, and wouldn't last better than tulips) even daffodils. We once decorated an entire venue with a sea of yellow and since it was a medieval stone hall, those little heads brought the sunshine into the space.
If you prefer the sensuality of the softer tulips, then hydrangeas, creamy narcissi and cherry blossom are all breath taking in their evocativeness. To be honest, marrying in the spring, from a floral perspective, is the best move you could make.
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