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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos & Wilts 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@yourgloswilts.wedding

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Hot topic: Beauty & venue styling

Our regional experts talk big-day beauty and venue styling

All made up

All made up

Q. I am thinking of booking a professional make-up artist for my wedding. Can you let me know what I need to consider and should expect from an initial consultation?

A. Heather Card says: As a make-up artist, there are some questions that these professionals should be asking you before performing any make-up services. From the initial consultation, you may be asked a variety of questions like these below:

Are you allergic to anything? Your chosen artist will need to know in advance of any booking about an allergy or other condition that may prevent or restrict a treatment because they might have to adjust their kit accordingly. Giving them notice will allow them the time to adapt to your needs.

Do you have any concerns? Use this as your chance to ask the artist any questions that you might have and let them reassure you with their knowledge and expertise. This could be about a skin irritation, dry patches, dark circles or something else entirely. Make sure that you tell them so that they can reassure you and prepare suggestions for your concerns. ]

How do you normally wear your make-up? Do you have any photographs of styles that you like? I always like to ask this question because it gives any artist a clear indication of what it is that you're after and which direction you would like to go in with your ideal make-up look. This also gives us an idea of what is going to work for you. For example, if you say that you don't wear much make-up normally, then I can predict that you're not going to like something too heavy, like smoky eyes or a brightly coloured lipstick. Instead, you would likely prefer something more natural and refined that accentuates your facial features. This isn't always the case because some people like to try out new things. I always like to ask my clients to share any pictures of make-up looks that they like before the trial because, again, it gives me an idea of what my client is going to like, and I can plan my kit accordingly. I love my brides to look like themselves on their special day – the most beautiful version of themselves. I make them look and feel confident and beautiful in their own skin.

It's personal

It's personal

Q. How can we style our wedding with personalised items? Should this be reflected in our chosen theme?

A. Tricia Prince says: There are many different wedding themes that you could pick as a couple and have subtle personalised items added in. One example is to choose your favourite flowers and have them styled in mix-match vessels that you have collected together. These look effective on both long and round tables.

Another idea for flowers is choosing your favourite faux blooms and styling them around lots of areas in your venue, – for example, creating an elegant archway or frame for your cake. You could even have a matching cake pedestal for some added wow factor.

Consider mixing various pieces of furniture together in your chosen theme. You could go for a vintage look, with your favourite cushions or throws scattered around. You could also create a chillout zone for your guests that could surround a gin bar or a retro drinks stand featuring all of your favourite beverages.

Pick a personalised prop and make it a feature on its own table. For example, if your theme is woodland, a rustic postbox will encourage your guests to send you personalised messages and cards.