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Hot topic: Summer weddings

Sort out your seasonal issues with the help of our local experts

In bloom

In bloom

Q. After a whirlwind romance, we're planning a wedding at short notice, and I haven't done anything about the flowers! What can you suggest in terms of on-trend summer florals?

A. Sandra Green says: The big trend this year is the Colour of the Year 2019 released by Pantone called Living Coral. It's a warm coral hue with golden undertones that puts you in mind of hot summer days, walks on the beach, sunsets and holidays far away.

This colour is well represented in the flower world. Choose coral charm peonies, Miss Piggy or vuvuzela roses, aazur salmon ranunculus, and coco yuko hypericum. Don't worry about mixing in a few exotics for added texture, such as orange leucospermum, ananas (baby pineapples), and banksia. Complement with blue grey foliages of hebe, rosemary, sage, dusty miller, echeveria and eucalyptus.

If a paler scheme is preferred, then one of the style trends this year from the Flower Council is called Soft Landing. Consisting of harmonious pastel shades, and comfortable shapes, even hard materials such as containers should have a soft appearance. Think feathery plume-shaped flowers such as celosia, astilbe, veronica, and grasses, or pillowlike hydrangeas and alliums. Colours range from cream, through blush pink, to lilac, with soft velvety foliage, or tiny flowers that create a cloud-like effect such as gypsophila.

Rain or shine

Rain or shine

Q. What are the most important things to remember when it comes to having a summer wedding?

A. Becky Steljes says: The weather seems to always be at the forefront of our summer brides' minds. Generally, if you've picked a summer wedding – you're hoping for good weather and if you get it, great. My advice always stays the same though, don't just plan your wedding around having good weather; make sure that you've got a really good plan B up your sleeve. There's lots of ways to make sure you won't be disappointed if you wake up and the weather hasn't gone to plan.

Have a chat with your photographer prior to the day and make a stormy/rainy day photo plan too. We have had some of the most amazing wedding photos taken during less than perfect weather conditions here at Hillfields Farm. Make the most of the dramatic settings or get some cute umbrellas close to hand and have some fun!

Be organised! This generally goes without saying when it comes to weddings, but people tend to be busier in the summer months and often get holidays booked early. Make sure you get your save the dates and invites out early to avoid disappointment.

Staying out for summer

Staying out for summer

Q. We've got our hearts set on an al fresco, boho-style big day, but some members of the wedding party are expecting something more traditional and indoors-based. How can we make sure everybody is happy?

A. Jennifer Hall says: It's important to remember that this is your wedding. Family and friends will always have an opinion on what you should and shouldn't do, but it's what you want to do that really matters.

The main concern guests have about an outdoor wedding is being uncomfortable. Make sure you're telling your guests on your wedding website or in your guest information all the details; if there's a chance it may be muddy then let your guests know to bring their wellies. If it's going to be hot and sunny, make sure you have plenty of shade, so people don't have to sit in the hot sun, and make sure there's plenty of water available. If it's going to rain, make sure you have adequate shelter for your guests such as a stretch tent. And if it's going to be a bit chilly, look at bringing in some firepits and have some blankets available. As long as your guests are well prepared and comfortable, they will be happy.

Strike a chord

Strike a chord

Q. We're looking for ideas for entertainment at our festival-style wedding – any suggestions?

A. Steven Robertson says: We love a festival wedding – what could be better than replicating those carefree days (and nights) of singing along to your favourite bands? To capture the excitement and sheer summer bliss of your favourite festival, we recommend an acoustic act. Thanks to the likes of Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons, acoustic musicians are all the rage right now. Ranging from singer-guitar solo acts to full indie-folk bands, these upbeat performers specialise in raising the mood – and a few smiles – with their unique take on wedding entertainment.

Acoustic acts perfectly complement the festival theme during every moment of your big day: a delicately strummed ballad for your walk down the aisle; a roaming set of chilled live-lounge pop and rock covers as guests sip drinks and munch on street food; an energising evening show combining the best in modern folk and acoustic covers of party hits to get everyone's feet stomping. For the ultimate festival line-up, you could opt for acoustic musicians to kick things off, before moving on to a main-stage headlining indie-rock band to take the celebrations into the early hours!