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Hot topic: Stellar advice

Our experts offer some stellar advice on planing your dream wedding

The pawfect day

The pawfect day

Q. Our dog is part of the family and we want him to play a role on our big day without having to worry about him. How can we do this?

A. Ioana James says: From greeting ceremony guests, to walking down the aisle as dog of- honour, or conducting ring-bearing duties, everything is possible for your four-legged friend on your wedding day.

The easiest option is for your dog to attend the official photos. They normally take place straight after the ceremony and pet chaperoning companies, like Tail Tales, will take care of your furry guest before hand, as well as making sure they are photo-ready by the time you say “I do.” In fact, we're often to be found behind the photographer holding treats and squeaky toys to make sure you get the pawfect picture! This option is ideal for dogs who aren't keen on large groups of people, while still enabling you to enjoy quality, hassle-free time with them on this most important of days.

Your dog will have been fed, exercised, rested and genuinely happy to see and interact with you, and your guests. Then, before the wedding breakfast, we'll take them back home allowing you to continue celebrations without any worries.

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Q. How can we create a romantic and intimate atmosphere for our wedding ceremony?

A. Adel and Karina says: Live music is key to ensuring the most magical ambience. We know from experience that musicians performing live will give the ceremony an authentic, whimsical and dreamy feel. Imagine your guests arriving to the mellow tones of two harps entwined, creating an ethereal atmosphere. Blend the sound of an acoustic instrument with soulful and lilting vocal melodies, and you'll have truly created something special.

Whether you choose a traditional classical, or totally personal aisle song for your entrance, having a musician perform it can make your day even more memorable. We love working with our couples to find the perfect piece, particularly when it involves composing a song especially for the occasion. It's a very personal journey, and leads to a meaningful and intimate wedding ceremony.

Two of a kind

Two of a kind

Q. We're not really interested in a traditional wedding! How can we create a day that's different and reflects our personalities?

A. Lily Jones says: The best way to achieve this is not to be influenced by those around you. A wedding is an exciting time and everyone and their sister wants to get involved, but auntie's idea of a perfect wedding day is sure to be different from yours. I always ask my couples at the very beginning of their journey to list a few things they both love, then work out how to incorporate them into their day. So what if these little personal touches don't fit in with the overall theme? The biggest theme at your wedding is you! The little things you enjoy together, the little jokes you share, and the geek culture you enjoy – that's what makes you work as a pair. Make your day about celebrating you as a couple, and how you fell in love.

Try not to drown yourself in Pinterest boards that only show the colour scheme you have in mind. If you find as many ways as possible to incorporate “you” into your day, your wedding will be truly unique.

Little angels

Little angels

Q. Help! Many of our friends have young children. We'd love them all to come and enjoy our wedding day without our reception descending into chaos. What can we do?

A. Carole Cassidy says: Weddings can be a long, tiring and overwhelming experience for everyone, especially young people. So, it's important to set up a safe space for guests under 10 years where they can let off steam. This also gives their parents or guardians time to enjoy the wonder of your special day with you.

Why not let a crèche company look after the childcare at your wedding? All that's needed is an adequate child-safe room or space – they'll carry out a risk assessment ahead of the day. You'll find your worries are lifted with the extra pair of hands provided to keep the little ones out of mischief, and let them burn off that energy right alongside your wedding's proceedings.

At Carousel Crèche Company, we can cater for children from 0-10 years old with age appropriate toys and activities, including arts and crafts, dolls house, baby area, trains and much more.

Gone with the wind

Gone with the wind

Q. March is significant to us, and we'd like to choose this month to say our vows, but last year in particular the weather was awful. How would we get around that when it comes to our photos?

A. Berti Munro says: You can't control the weather, but you can plan for it. For example, I approach every wedding with “plan A – the perfect scenario,” and “plan B – the worst case scenario.” In plan B, where the weather is less than ideal, I will have made sure that I've scouted the venue, making notes on the alternative locations and features.

Your photographer should make sure that you're comfortable having photos taken outdoors as well as indoors. I'll always make sure that I have two sets of umbrellas with me – two transparent and two white. These can be used as quirky props.

If shooting outdoors really isn't possible, there will be features of your venue that can serve as inspiration for some wonderful interior photos utilising characterful doorways, windows and staircases.

Remember, planning always pays off. It gives you time to be creative no matter what comes your way.