FAQs and expert advice about wedding services

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 editor@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding


Doggie daycare

Doggie daycare

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?

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