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Hot topic: Royal wedding predictions

We ask the experts for their Royal wedding predictions

The royal treatment

Q. What are your royal wedding predictions?

A. Fleur Record-Smith says: One of the most important aspects of your summer wedding is choosing the right venue. Like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, it can be near your family's 'castle' or one that everyone travels to because the building and its location are just so beautiful.

If you're planning a traditional 'royal' ceremony and want to get married in a church, then your ideal venue needs one nearby. We're so lucky at Hayne House; we're surrounded by lots of wonderful churches, but we particularly love recommending the very handsome Grade II listed Norman church in our village: St. Peter and St. Paul, Saltwood, Kent. We can hear the bells ringing as our couple's leave, so we know when to start popping their bubbles, ready for drinks on the lawn.

Then the building has to comfortably hold your guest numbers – unlike the Royal Wedding (with 600 invites posted), typically an average celebration is around 75 day guests; but your building should be able to hold more, just in case your numbers go up!

But most importantly, for the perfect summer celebration, your venue needs to tick the following boxes:

• Be private and have exclusive-use as you won't want any gatecrashers!
• Must allow you to stamp your personality on it, for example, decorate with lashing of real flowers
• The catering menus should be inspiring and be able to accommodate your bespoke requests
• There must be lovely gardens, for your all-important photographs
• Ideally there is some on-site accommodation so that you don't have to wait for a taxi at the end of the night – not very royal!

Hayne House, Kent, the former hunting lodge of Edward VIII, the former King of England, is set in 35 acres of private landscaped gardens, and is launching a purpose-built beautiful Orangery that can seat up to 120 for your wedding reception and up to 150 for the evening. So if you want a 'Royal Wedding', with award-winning caterers, it will be available for your exclusive-use from the 21st April, 2018, and boasts a bridal suite fit for a princess!

Good to glow

Q. What are your royal wedding predictions?

A. Sharon Harris says: While I don't know what Meghan's skincare regime is, I do know how to achieve a royally-good glow.

For me, I think you should radiate from beneath your foundation – I'm sure you've heard the saying that beauty is skin deep.

With this in mind, my go-to cleanser is always the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, I'm yet to find someone that hasn't fallen head over heels for this little beauty! It removes traces of make-up and dirt while leaving your skin fresh and vibrant. For a healthy-looking complexion you need to get your circulation flowing, drinking water and regular exercise is a huge factor in this but it's also important to remove the dead skin cells so always exfoliate, once or twice a week, followed by a face mask for that extra bit of luxury. I love the MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator followed by the Goddess Skin Clay Mask by Charlotte Tilbury.

When it comes to applying make-up, the Wonder Glow Primer by Charlotte Tilbury is absolutely stunning and can be worn under foundation or on its own for a natural beautiful look.

Sweet and chic

Q. What are your royal wedding predictions?

A. Rachelle Speed says: Meghan describes her own style as 'elegant and understated,' so I anticipate a beautiful and personal day will unfold.

Here, I unpick some of the lavish elements planned for their big day, and show you how you can treat your guests like royalty.

Invitations
These have been sent, and while I think mine has been lost in the post, your own can have the Royal touch! Harry and Meghan's feature black ink with a gold printed emblem, gilded edges and gold borders. Create your own motifs such as your initials intertwined, or a small picture that can feature across your stationery suite. The use of gold foil, coloured paper edges, and embossing also adds a luxe effect and sets the tone for a royally great day!

Royal wedding guests
There's no doubt everyone will be truly spoilt, with multiple receptions planned, and impeccable service. You can inject some inspired touches into your day to make your guests feel special too, in these three easy steps:

- In the heat of summer, comfort is a priority, so provide help-yourself-style hand fans, parasols, hats and sunglasses to keep guests cool in the sun. These can be personalised, and can even feature your order of the day printed on the fans for added fun

- Royal guests will be having a merry time, sipping on 1,700 bottles of champagne, and around 650 bottles of wine and cocktails. While we don't have access to a royal cellar, you can create your own signature drinks for guests to enjoy. Serve them in mason jars with striped paper straws for the perfect al fresco affair.

- Meghan and Harry have chosen a scrumptious lemon and elderflower bespoke flavoured cake for their day. You can follow suit by ditching the fruitcake, and choosing alternative flavours to treat your guests to.

Your day need not be extravagant, or have a price tag to match. Small yet luxurious elements can heighten the experience for everyone.

Little luxuries

Q. What are your royal wedding predictions?

A. Amy Hatch says: I'd start by thinking of the two key words – luxury and opulence – whilst remembering your personalities are key throughout the planning and styling of any wedding. And this, I believe, is what Harry and Meghan will do.

They are going to step away from anything too stiff, and break away from some of the more obvious formalities and embrace their fun and more relaxed personalities. You'll need to think about all the luxurious details from the very beginning, such as your own emblem on the invitation, and feature this throughout your wedding, right through to the cake – otherwise you will end up with a disjointed design.

As they're having spring nuptials, I'd keep the colours light and soft. You can easily add some luxury by taking a step back and really thinking about the detail. I'd work with a florist that can create grand installations, beautiful wide, flowing bouquets, using blooms that are elegant and traditional.

After this, I'd think about all of the little areas that you can upgrade – such as tableware with gold edging, a set of crystal cut-glass glasses for each place setting, excellent quality napkins. If you do decide to use detailing on the tableware, I'd then carry this on with brass touches in the décor for a consistent, luxury feel.

Think about scale when styling your venue. If you have a grand setting with lots of detailed décor, you can pair this back slightly. However, with a blank canvas you'll need a lot more elaborate touches within your floral design, furniture, and lighting. Lastly, think about the guest experience – great weddings are remembered by everyone loving every minute.

At a royal wedding, there will be lots of thoughtful details – I'm imagining personalised place settings, wonderful favours and maybe even a dessert bar. Think about the guests, your personalities and add luxurious touches and you'll have a wonderful wedding fit for any royal.

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