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Hot topic: Vegan cakes, photography and suits

Our regional experts give their tips on vegan bakes, big-day photography and wedding suits

Cake off

Cake off

Q. We would like a selection of vegan cakes and desserts to be served at our wedding. What can you suggest?

A. Paul Barlow-Heal says: The demand for vegan and gluten-free cakes and desserts has grown massively over the past year and now recipes include many tasty flavours. Highlights from the menu at Cotswold Baking for bespoke vegan cakes blend banana and pecan, mocha and walnut and ginger and lemon varieties, while individually made vegan desserts include a caramel chocolate tart and pecan, vanilla and bourbon cheesecakes. Gluten-free cakes include the popular carrot and cardamom bake, as well as Tunisian orange and almond cake.

All of these ideas can be enjoyed individually or by combining a selection to create wedding cake tiers. A tiered cake is still a popular choice for a wedding because it caters for a large crowd and lends itself to elaborate decoration resulting in a showstopper to wow guests. One idea is to choose a variety of flavoured sponge layers to act as each tier, and all of the combinations from our vegan range can be used to achieve this.

The most important thing is that you choose freshly made desserts and cakes that are delivered and assembled on-site the morning of the wedding.

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Q. We want our wedding photography to reflect us as a couple with plenty of portrait images taken of us on the day. How do we make the time for this in what we predict will be a busy schedule?

A. Nikki Kirk says: It's so important to spend time with your chosen photographer before your wedding day to build a rapport with one another and communicate your vision for your wedding. I often create moodboards for my clients, encouraging them to share their ideas. For me, it's essential to work closely with each couple on the lead up to, and on, the big day itself (this is done over coffee and cake at my studio or over the phone) to ensure that we work together as a team. This is the key to creating gorgeous wedding photographs.

A schedule needs to be set for the day that should be discussed with your photographer well in advance because rushed photographs will look just that, rushed. A good photographer should visit the venue before the wedding (if they don't already know the property) to see where they are going to take their pictures in order to avoid searching for locations on the day that takes up time. I strive to make sure that the photographs I take are unique to each couple, even if I have worked at a certain venue numerous times.

I always provide my couples with a detailed plan for the photography on the day. It's important to check this with the venue well in advance in case it needs to change. For example, it's worth pushing dinner back by half an hour rather than trying to fit your romantic bride and groom shots into a quick time slot. It's your wedding day so make sure you take all the time you need.

Suited and booted

Suited and booted

Q. How does my hubby-to-be choose his wedding suit and those for his groomsmen and pageboy? How long before the wedding should they start shopping?

A. Richard and Nigel Wratten says: The answer is to choose a well-fitting outfit that enhances the shape of each of the gentlemen (and any pageboys) that's in keeping with the style of the wedding. Both contemporary and more traditional styles come in regular, slim and tailored-fit.

Suit styles have evolved in the past couple of years and we are now seeing a demand for lounge suits as the main choice for the groomsmen, and also check and tweed fabrics. We predict the trends for 2020 will be two- and three-piece tweed suits and blue suits teamed with tweed waistcoats.

The addition of a waistcoat makes the overall look appear smarter and prevents it from looking like a work suit. England football manager Gareth Southgate has helped to make waistcoats fashionable again. The current trend for neckwear is to match the colours to the bridesmaids' dresses with popular shades being antique rose and rose gold. Cravats are styled like ties and bow ties are often requested.

It's always recommended to start suit shopping at least six months prior to the big day, especially if you're hiring them. Some styles are very popular, so a deposit is paid to secure it for the chosen date. Often, the groom may want to purchase his suit and hire those for his groomsmen, and when hiring five or more, we offer one complimentary.