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Hot topic: Quirky venues and wedding styling

Our regional experts talk quirky venues and wedding styling ideas

Sweet tooth

Sweet tooth

Q. We want to impress our guests with some unusual favours and edible gift ideas. We were also hoping to have a fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake or chocolate fountain – what can you suggest?

A. Prudence Staite says: An impressive feature at your wedding could be a bespoke chocolate creation like a centrepiece feature portrait of the happy couple. These can be made using a chocolate slab canvas that weighs approximately 2kg and measures 35cm high and 25cm wide. It's surrounded with a chocolate frame, dusted in edible gold or silver, and the actual portrait is painted using dark and white chocolate. It's a fantastic way to decorate the top table, and everything on it is edible.

For an even larger feature, couples can opt for a chocolate mosaic-style creation that showcases the portraits made from individual chocolates, all types of sweeties, including jelly beans, plus chocolate buttons and pieces broken from popular chocolate bars. These are usually 65cm high and 40cm wide and, again, is all completely edible. Displayed upright on their own table at a wedding, they get a lot of attention! Instead of cutting a traditional cake, the couple smash it using a hammer and share it with their guests, which is much more fun than the traditional cake-cutting and something that your guests will remember.

Wedding favours should be fun and something for guests to enjoy, so why not have edible ones? Chocolate shapes, including hearts and rectangles, combine wedding favours with place names. Each name is hand-piped in a contrasting colour, and you can choose the ribbon to fit the theme. There's also the option of having a pair of chocolate shoes for the ladies and personalised shot glasses for the gents.

You could also consider a chocolate wedding cake with a hand-sculpted topper made from solid chocolate, which can reflect the happy couple's interests and personalities, or a giant chocolate sculpture of the newlyweds.

All aboard!

All aboard!

Q. We want to hold our wedding in an unusual, quirky venue that will surprise our guests. What can you suggest?

A. Katherine Nelson-Brown says: How about holding your wedding at a steam railway? As well as being a tourist attraction, Perrygrove offers two on-site locations to choose from. The rustic carriage shed at Perrygrove looks like a beautiful barn and is licensed for civil ceremonies, with guests transported afterwards on the steam train to Rookwood, a perfect area for a marquee or a tipi holding up to 200 guests.

There are lots of quirky extras for newlyweds and their guests to enjoy, like tractor and trailer rides, an ex-horse drawn cart that's now used as a sweetie cart or a cake and dessert display, hay bales, a firepit and even a treasure hunt, which is sure to keep the little ones entertained!

Couples choosing to marry here can do as much or as little as they like. The carriage shed looks magical decorated with bunting and fairylights. Couples can decorate it themselves or ask the team to do it. The directors are on hand every step of the way and even had their own wedding at Perrygrove, so they know how to make it extra special.

All made up

All made up

Q. I am thinking of booking a make-up artist for my wedding. What do I need to ask them beforehand?

A. Heather Card says: So you have sourced a make-up artist, like their work, read their reviews and are happy with their price. Next, ask them these essential questions before committing to a booking:

❤ Will you travel to me?
❤ Will you do a trial run?
❤ Do you have experience with my skin type?
❤ Should I bring my hair accessories with me to the trial?
❤ What can I expect before and at my consultation and trial?
❤ If I change my mind, can I book another trial?
❤ Do I need to pay a deposit if I book?
❤ Are you a qualified professional?
❤ Are you insured?

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