Wedding credentials: Editorial assistant and bride-to-be Hollie Bond writes the gorgeous real weddings, has her own column and researches and writes W-day features in You & Your Wedding magazine and has picked up a lot of fab ideas along the way. She grew up testing the wedding cakes made by her confectioner mum and burnt them off training to be ballet dancer - so she knows her Strictly-worthy first dances from her two-left-feet sways.

Dream venue:I'm planning my own big day right now and loving every minute of it. I found my dream venue in the Suffolk countryside - Easton Grange - a gorgeous bright barn with lots of scope to make it reflect us as a couple with lots of French details and dog-inspired décor!  

On-screen inspiration: Technically it’s on-stage but my inspiration is Romeo and Juliet – the ballet. Juliet’s ethereal chiffon dress, the passionate music, the beautiful dancing, the romantic balcony setting and one rather dashing Romeo – who is willing to die for his girl – now that's what I call true love!

Fave aisle anecdote: I’m told that as a three-year-old flower girl I slept in the aisle the whole way through the service, much to the embarrassment of my mother, so I'm looking forward to being an adult bridesmaid at my sister's wedding to prove that I can pay attention!     

Words of wedding wisdom: Don’t be a bridezilla and let your h2b have his input – his ideas might not fit in with your fairytale fantasy but remember it’s his day too and it has to reflect your personality as a couple.

Little loves: Peter Langner wedding dresses, Ladurée macaroon favours, gold leaf cake tiers, Jimmy Choos and… in my wildest dreams Michael Bublé behind the mic! 

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