Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian 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
Q. I'm planning to propose to my partner on Christmas Eve and want it to be a surprise. I've no idea what kind of ring to choose, what size to get or how to go about it, without giving the game away.
A. Laurie McGrath says: Laurie says: A surprise proposal is a wonderfully romantic thing to do. However, if you're considering a bespoke engagement ring it's not always a good idea to create a one-off piece without your other half being involved; after all they have to wear it every day!
We have a great solution for this dilemma, our 'Proposal in a Box'. For a small deposit, you receive a beautiful presentation box with handwritten cards inside showing your consultation date, your jewellery designer and even suggestions of places to stay over if you want to make a weekend of it. We may have already hand-drawn a sketch to start off your design or sold you a beautiful gemstone, which can all go in the box too. Then once you've popped the question, you and your partner can start your newly engaged life by designing your own bespoke engagement ring together.
Q. We're trying to make ethical, sustainable and greener choices for our big day and want to reflect this in our choice of rings too. What would you suggest that's meaningful and fitting for our wedding?
A. Sara Sweet says: We only use fairtrade, fairmined or recycled gold. For a truly personal touch, remodeling old family or sentimental jewellery is a great way of breathing new life into broken or out-dated pieces that would otherwise be unworn and unloved. Not only eco-friendly, you end up with a new and bespoke creation full of meaning that can be handed down for future generations to treasure.
You can mix gold of different carats, but not colours. It all gets melted down and sent for hallmarking as usual. The assay office check the final content and stamp the item accordingly. We can also melt and reuse platinum and stones can be reset too. We specialise in this type of work and having the designers and goldsmiths on site, means you can watch part of the process as it unfurls in store, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Q. My fiancé proposed at Christmas and he wants me to choose my ring to make sure it's something I'll love but I'm not sure where to start. What's set to be big in wedding jewellery this year?
A. Sara Sweet says: With regards to current trends I'd say, in line with the past few years, different coloured stones and precious metals are still prominent but now we're seeing a shift, with yellow and white gold taking over from rose gold, palladium and platinum as bestsellers. Delicate and minimalist designs are also popular this year. The cost of metal and current financial uncertainty means a lot of producers and buyers alike don't have the appetite for chunky designs! Stacking necklaces, bracelets and rings is very popular too and this always works best with multiple narrow pieces. As always, floral themes remain strong.