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FAQs and expert advice about venues

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

Little Touches

Little Touches

Q What is your advice on creating an elegant winter wonderland wedding?
A Natalie Skingley says: Matching the aesthetic of your venue is key to achieving a classic and elegant look for your wedding. While spending so much time inside during the winter months, it's imperative to keep your theme running throughout each of the spaces you're using, including mantle decorations, table centres and even some small touches at the bar. Our in-house team can advise on looks to best suit each space as well as helping to set up prior to the wedding.

If you're lucky enough to have a venue decorated for the festive season, it's an easy win – less is more, and creating a theme around their preplanned Christmas styling will save you both money and time. Serving food and drink options that are both aesthetically pleasing and fit for the season will also keep your theme tied together, perhaps a glitter Bellini served alongside a beef in Yorkshire pudding canapé, or even a glass of mulled wine to end the night on a warming note. Small touches always have the biggest impact.

Natalie Skingley, Bradbourne House

Small and perfectly formed

Small and perfectly formed

Q What are your top 2023 trend predictions?
A Becky Bosman says: Following the forced scaling back of weddings during the pandemic, we've certainly seen more couples looking to continue with this trend of keeping things small, intimate and simple; sharing the day with those who really matter the most. Along with the current rise in cost of living, having a scaled-back wedding can also help with those budgets, but remember, just because a wedding is small it certainly doesn't mean it's any less magical.

Becky Bosman, The Lost Village of Dode

A day to remember

A day to remember

Q What are your top 2023 trend predictions?
A Kylie Christie says: Modern lifestyles leave less time for wedding planning, so couples are looking for planning support from time of booking, along with resources and advice with remote meetings and solutions to fit around busy schedules. Many are looking for impressive settings to say their "I dos." Ceremony locations have become a top priority when choosing a venue, with nearlyweds looking for the perfect outdoor location with stunning backdrops.

The 2023 couple are stylish, fashion focused and keen to reflect their personalities. Florals never go out of fashion and many are experimenting with colours and choosing layers of hues, tones and shades for styling. Nature and natural colours are popular palette themes and we expect to see more monochrome styling and black tie looks – classy, elegant and timeless. Locally-sourced menus complementing the season will be key. We also anticipate a rise in popularity of pairing menus with English sparkling wines, Kent being in a perfect location with many vineyards within easy reach of venues in the county.

Expect to see more wows! Soon-to-be weds are opting for highlight moments during the day such as live artists painting watercolour mementos for guests, and spectacular evening celebrations with live music, performances and surprises for family and friends. Finally, remember: it's all in the details! From beautiful embroidered veils and embossed stationery, to specially selected accessories for curated detail shots, 2023 weddings will focus on the finer things.

Kylie Christie, The Old Kent Barn

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