Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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A way with words
|Q||How can we personalise our wedding with calligraphy?|
|A||Olukemi Elebute says: There's nothing more stunning and bespoke than handwritten details for your wedding celebration. In a digital-driven world, the sight of ink on paper creates a unique, beautiful, and captivating experience for your wedding or event. Not only does it add a personal touch to your event, but it also adds a stylish touch, thereby making your guests feel special and welcome.
Digital calligraphy - Create a custom hand-written design which is delivered as a digital file and can be used on various elements of your wedding. Stationery and invites, signage, napkins, souvenirs, albums, and any other imaginable aspect of your wedding.
Envelope addressing - Build a personal connection with your guests by creating beautiful hand-written names with your choice of calligraphy scripts on your wedding envelopes. The custom ink colour and flourished letters set the tone of the event and give the guests a sense of belonging.
Day of details - Add a special touch to your elegant affair by creating beautiful hand-written names on the place and escort cards. This gives you a good table plan that sits the right people together. It curbs the problem of people turning up uninvited and taking seats intended for guests and you worry less about communication with catering staff for guest meals ordered prior. You can rest assured that your beautiful décor won't be ruined as this makes the ceremony organised and stress-free.
Hand engraving - Create a lasting memory and legacy around your union by adapting to keepsake objects so they become an heirloom that you cherish forever. Engraving a wedding day scent for the bride, groom or parents of the couple is one that will instantly take you back to your special day. The hand-engraved bottle is a unique unforgettable item; a special memory to keep forever.
Wedding vows and letters – Delight yourselves by conveying unsaid words in a beautiful piece. This not only builds a lasting relationship with your partner but also becomes a keepsake that's treasured forever. Hiring a calligrapher to help write your vows solves the problem of not projecting often how you truly feel through words, it saves you time and allows you to focus on other things for your big day and makes you worry less about writing long words yourself.
Olukemi Elebute, Ribbons and Scripts
|Q||We want our much-loved dog to be a big part of our wedding but are concerned that we won't have the time to walk and feed him on the big day - can you help?|
|A||Ellis Brickley says: Why not book The Unlimited Love package, £450, for your four-legged friend that consists of the following:
- An initial consultation either face-to-face or via zoom, and a 30-minute dog walk where I get to know them (where possible).
- I will collect your dog and safely transport them to the venue.
- A walk before the wedding commencing.
- A choice of bespoke custom-made accessories for the big day for example a bandanna, bow tie or flower crown.
- I will chaperone your pet at all times and carry out all duties as discussed.
- I will coordinate with your photographer and videographer and assist them in capturing the best pictures.
- I will supervise and attend to your dog's comfort requirements before meeting the bridal party and guests.
- I will take them on a wind-down walk after the wedding.
- I will safely transport your dog back to your home or chosen accommodation.
- Pet sitting on the wedding night, or the night before the wedding, in the owner's own home or chosen accommodation. The pet sitting includes feeding them at the times they require and any medication administered so that the dog's normal daily routine is undisrupted.
Ellis Brickley, Ellis’ Pet Daycare & Dog Walking Service
What's in a name?
|Q||What are my options for changing my name?|
|A||Cecile Mazuet says: Traditionally, the bride changes her name to take on her new husband's surname but is that the correct choice for you? It's a big decision and can make some women feel like they've lost their identity, especially if you've built a strong reputation at work using your maiden name, or are an only child and want to continue the family name. However, you might be concerned that you'll offend your hubby-to-be if you decide not to embrace it.
For same-sex couples, there's no convention, which can make the decision even harder. Whatever your situation, there are plenty of options out there so communicate openly with your partner and work out what suits you best. You could take your partner's name or you could keep your maiden name but change your title. You don't require a deed poll to do this and your title isn't included on UK passports.
You could also consider taking your partner's name but use your maiden one professionally, take your partner's surname but keep your maiden name as a middle one. There's even the option to double-barrel your maiden name and your partner's name or form a new surname from both your names.
Cecile Mazuet, NameSwitch