Expert advice about accessories

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset 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


All about the dress

All about the dress

Q. My mum's looking forward to our wedding but is already panicking about what to wear. What advice can you give her on what to look out for in the year ahead.

A. Steve Taylor says: 2019 sees lilac as the on-trend colour but it's not a shade everyone can wear so be open in your choice and try to co-ordinate with the wedding theme, if there is one.

I'm finding our mothers-of-the bride and -groom still want a formal look for the ceremony and a great dress to feel comfortable in for the rest of the day without the restrictions of a jacket. So when I say, 'It's all about the dress', it certainly is.

Of course, there's always the option of a stand-alone dress and this is often the choice for marquee or beach weddings. But no matter what the venue, make sure there's some detailing to allow it to look good on its own without a jacket. If you prefer sleeves then there are chic net or lace options that won't make you look frumpy.

My advice for the new season is to be adventurous. Be open to trying on styles and colours that take you out of your comfort zone. The times I've heard mums in the boutique say 'I love my new outfit and it's something I'd never have chosen myself' certainly backs this up.

Steve Taylor


The finishing touch

The finishing touch

Q. We're getting married next autumn. What kind of hairpiece can I wear to go with our seasonal theme?

A. Jo Barnes says: A beautiful floral and leaf one would work wonderfully for an autumn bride. Opt for a design in golden hues to go with the beautiful rustic autumnal colours. We have a number of headpieces that would be perfect for the look you're after. Our top picks are:

- Primrose headband, created with golden shadow crystals and peach freshwater pearls.

- Fluer, gold leaves and flowers with golden shadow crystals delicately wired into a vine that trails around the head.

- Ginny, an elegant hair comb created with gold flowers and peach freshwater pearls.

Jo Barnes