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Wedding credentials: American-in-London Julia Scirrotto dove into the glossy world of weddings after she got engaged and now writes about everything from family politics (how do you keep the parents happy but stay true to you?) to sourcing the best cakes, flowers and favours. And having attended 21 weddings so far – plus her own in October 2010! – she’s got aisles of personal experience to draw on.

Dream venue: “Apart from my actual venue – a riverfront hotel in my hometown, Philadelphia – either someplace over-the-top fabulous like the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan (see the swoon-worthy Art Deco lobby) or a vineyard in the South of France or Northern California.”

On-screen inspiration: “Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I love the scenes where Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard stroll along the Seine and down dreamy cobblestone streets. And how glam would one of her beaded flapper dresses be for a walk up the aisle?”

Fave aisle anecdote: “When my dad and stepmum tied the knot, I was so honoured when he asked me to be ‘best man’. I’d never given a big speech before, but I practised till I had it down cold and was so relieved when people laughed at my jokes!”

Words of wisdom: “Make a separate email folder for all of your wedding-related correspondence – and sync it with your smartphone too. I can’t tell you the number of times I had to scroll back to messages with suppliers from months earlier, and having all that info at my fingertips meant I could whip through my to-do list on the tube or in the queue at the post office.”

Little loves: red-velvet cupcakes, crystal Jenny Packham headpieces, cute notebooks, plantable stationery with seeds inside, daffodils.

Follow Julia on Twitter @julia_scirrotto

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