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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Kent Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourkent.wedding

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Hot topic: Summer Weddings

Local experts offer advice on creating a stellar summer wedding

Hats off!

Hats off!

Q. My mum has picked a gorgeous outfit to wear for my wedding, but we've looked everywhere and can't find a hat in the right colour. What can you suggest?

A. Sarah Parker says: Rather than trying to buy an off-the-peg hat, contact a local milliner, where you'll get a bespoke service and materials such as sinamay, silk and feathers can be dyed to match an outfit.

If there are certain elements or details in your in outfit you would like to carry through to your hat or headpiece, that can be done too.

As everything is tailor-made, you can guarantee that your hat will fit perfectly and no one else will turn up in the same…very important when you're the mother-of-the-bride or the mother-of-the-groom!

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Q. We're keen to have our wedding at a fixed venue but would like to spend as much time in the open air as possible. What can you recommend?

A. Leah Moulange says: On your venue hunt, you'll be looking for a location with as much outdoor space as possible. For example, here at The Spa Hotel, we're surrounded by 14 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, and you can say “I do” at the stunning Spa Temple.

You can make the most of the great outdoors in a number of ways. Enjoy your drinks reception and canapés on the outdoor terrace, mingle with your guests in the sunshine and even enjoy live music, dancing and lawn games. All this before having those all-important photos taken in front of some stunning backdrops around the gardens. There's also the option to serve your evening catering al fresco, at The Spa, we offer an outdoor pizza oven.

It's easy to see why you're looking to spend time outdoors, as the Kent countryside offers a spectacular setting. And with your venue's wedding coordinators on hand to make sure everything is running smoothly, you won't have a thing to worry about. What's more, you'll have somewhere to retreat to if the weather takes a turn for the worst.



Q. What drinks can you recommend for a fresh summer wedding?

A. Su Askew says: As a light, refreshing alternative to champagne, the perfect fizz for a wedding this summer would be the Ca' di Alte, Prosecco Frizzante. Made from the Glera grape like all traditional prosecco, it's a delicate and bright green colour and tastes fresh and fruity, with hints of pear. There's also a subtle sweetness from the fruit flavours.

Alternatively, if you're after something with lower alcohol – after all, a summer wedding can mean a long afternoon of drinking in the sun – then you can't beat the Moscato d'Asti di Strevi. It's a sparkling wine with only 5.5% ABV. There's a sweetness to this wine that makes it very drinkable, and the fruit from the Moscato grape balances with its fresh, lively acidity.

Finally, if you want traditional brut flavours, it's worth exploring the English alternatives to champagne. We particularly like the Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve. This award-winning wine is vibrant and refreshing sure to be a hit with your guests.

Summer chic

Summer chic

Q. We have a gorgeous summer wedding planned, and my mum, bless her, is having a real dilemma about what she should wear. What's on-trend at the moment in terms of colour and style?

A. Alexandra Horne says: The trends we see when we're buying for the season ahead are neutral colours and pastels. Navy is still a very strong colour, as well as taupe. Dresses are in vogue, as well as jackets to wear with them.

Go to a specialist boutique with an open mind. Summer collections are now coming in, and your mum will have a wide choice so she can pick what's right for her. It's about the fit, as well as what's ontrend. Try on as many different styles and colours as possible, and the boutique owner will guide you with accessories. Style will win the day!

Under canvas

Under canvas

Q. We'd like to hold our reception in a marquee, but we really don't know where to start. Can you advise on our first steps?

A. Lucy Aston says: Once you've found a venue with a super view, you'll need to select your marquee company and give them a call.

The first things to discuss will be the number of guests and style of wedding you're dreaming of. Your consultant will then be able to put together a rough quote for an all-singing, all-dancing marquee and organise a site visit.

You'll then meet them at your chosen venue, field or garden, and at this point, your quote can be tailored specifically to you, and the company will set about careful planning so that you can relax.