FAQs and expert advice about wedding planning

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


Perfectly planned

Perfectly planned

Q. Please can you give us some ideas for styling our intimate micro wedding?

A. Sandra Trusty says: Meet the expert: Sandra Trusty is the owner of Fabulous Functions, a wedding planning service based in Wiltshire specialising in transforming venues for weddings and celebrations.

Sandra says: Mini meadows (pictured) are the perfect choice for styling your venue for a small wedding ceremony because they are so versatile. They can be placed in front of the ceremony table or used as aisle décor and then transferred to the top table or cake table during the wedding breakfast and reception. Not only do they look pretty, but they can also be gifted to guests at the end of the evening. Why not consider using dried flowers in some of them that will keep as a reminder of the wedding?

Sandra Trusty, Fabulous Functions UK


It's party time!

It's party time!

Q. We're waiting until all restrictions have lifted before hosting a large wedding party, hopefully early next year. We want to work with one company to create a wow-factor event! Can you help?

A. Laura Parsons says: Meet the expert: Laura Parsons is the co-owner of Butterfly Creations, an events company based in Swindon, Wiltshire covering weddings within 80 miles of Swindon.

Laura says: At Butterfly Creations, we offer a one-stop solution, tailor-making wedding packages to suit each couple's requirements and budgets. We also offer Coral, Ruby, Sapphire and Platinum packages which include some, or all of, the following:

- Balloons
- Venue dressing including starlit backdrops, chair covers, sashes and flower walls
- Catering including buffets, hog roasts and dessert tables
- Entertainment for both adults and children
- A disco including karaoke and interactive quizzes
- Mobile bar hire
- Personalised bridal party and hen party items
- Photo booths and magic mirrors
- Giant outdoor games
- Favours

Laura Parsons, Butterfly Occasions


Best-dressed brides

Best-dressed brides

Q. How long before my wedding should I be looking at purchasing a dress and how much time should I allow for any alterations that might be needed?

A. Patricia Ireland says: Meet the expert: Patricia Ireland founded Test Valley Textiles in 2016, a small business offering clothing repairs and commissions, before merging with Burleys Bridal Boutique in 2018 due to an increase in requests for bridal alteration work. The business has recently been renamed the Test Valley Bridal Boutique, stocking a range of quality dresses from Victoria Kay that can be altered to fit perfectly. Patricia can store a bride's dress safely ahead of the wedding, free of charge, and she has now introduced her dressing of the bride and bridal party service where, for a small charge, she will attend the venue and dress the bridal party on the morning of the wedding.

Patricia says: If you're searching for a quality bespoke dress for your wedding day then you should ideally start looking 12-18 months beforehand. Our main supplier, Victoria Kay, has a lead time for bridal dresses between 16 and 20 weeks from the date the order is placed by us.

If you've purchased an off-the-peg style, it's best to allow three to four months before your wedding for the alterations to be completed. Even bespoke dresses will require small alterations to make them fit you perfectly for the special day. We complete all alterations as close to the wedding date as possible to ensure a perfect fit.

Patricia Ireland, Test Valley Bridal Services