From choosing the perfect dress to dealing with venue issues, we’re here with the best advice to help your big day run smoothly
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We aren’t getting married until next summer, so when would be a good time to buy my bridesmaids’ dresses? Laura565
Y&YW says: It’s surprising how quickly the big day will come around now it’s less than a year away, so you can definitely start looking at dresses now. You’ll begin to get a feel for the styles, colours and brands you like, as well as seeing which ones you’re not as keen on. Book a date in the diary early in the new year to get your maids together for a dress-shopping session. Having lots of time to choose your dream styles will ensure that the process is enjoyable, and not stressful.
Although we’re renewing our vows very soon, the wedding events manager from our venue still hasn’t organised a meeting date yet. I’m given different information about when the meeting should be happening every time I call. I feel pushy always chasing them up, but what can I do? Fiona_wed
Y&YW says: When it comes to any special day, you need everything to be perfect, so we totally understand the frustration about not being able to get hold of your venue coordinator. Send an email so your correspondence is in writing, and explain that you’re very excited about your upcoming vow renewal, but you need reassurance in the form of a meeting to discuss the finer details. Give a list of dates when you are available and ask that they contact you within the next few days to get you booked in. Don’t be afraid to follow up if you don’t hear back. It’s likely the venue is busy with other events, but you have every right to be in the know about yours!
Our engagement shoot is coming up very soon, but I’m usually really nervous in front of the camera. I’m really worried I won’t look nice in any of the pictures. Do you have any advice? Mrsdavidson Y&YW says: An engagement shoot is supposed to be fun – it’s your chance to document one of the happiest times in your life. Try to think about enjoying yourself with your partner rather than worrying about posing for the photographer. To ensure you’re fully relaxed on the day, make sure you wear a nice outfit you know you will feel comfortable in, take some deep breaths while the photographer is setting up, and give your arms and legs a good shake to release any tension beforehand. Another good idea is to arrange a casual meeting with your photographer before the shoot, as having this opportunity to break the ice and get to know the person taking the photos may make you less nervous on the actual day.
My partner and I will be getting married at a register office before going on to a hotel for our reception. I’ve bought a glam princess-style wedding dress, but I’m worried this is going to be too much and I’m going to look silly. Do you think I should buy a new dress? Sarahanne
Y&YW says: It can be tricky choosing a dress to suit two different venues, but rest assured that there are lots of clever tricks that you can do to change up your look to make it appropriate for both. You could buy a small jacket or shrug to wear at the register office, and then take it off for the after-party. Alternatively, you could switch up your jewellery to create one simple look and then a more glamorous style for later on. Regardless, as long as you feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing, then you will look fabulous. Before making any rash decisions about buying a new wedding dress, be sure to try on your gown a few times before the wedding day to see how you feel in it.