A well-planned winter wedding is unrivalled in the romance stakes – with rosy candle glow, the crackle of log fires and string upon string of fairy lights. Not to mention the delicious comfort of hot puddings, fur stoles and that fairy-tale setting.
The trick is to plan your big day meticulously – here’s our advice on what to consider when creating your own dazzling winter wedding wonderland:
Layer up whites or creams and include splashes of ornate gold and silver to lift your palette into the realm of majesty. Snowflake details and pops of crystal will add drama and Christmas berry-reds along with forest greens will lend your centrepieces some festive charm.
Gypsophila – sometimes known as Baby’s Breath – white orchids and the quintessential white winter rose will all make for a stylish winter bouquet, but why not carry the theme across your venue, adorning centrepieces, spilling from long white vases or even hanging from low candelabras.
From icicle-lights, ‘frost’ covered branches, and winter flowers dripping in sparkle, there’s so many ideas for dressing your venue up as a dazzling winter wonderland. Think about introducing white feathers and long, white or silver birch branches.
Remember that trailing orchids resemble snowflakes and candles are absolutely key here – for a simpler look, you can go heavy on the candles and pare other decoration back. If there’s a fireplace, set it roaring and make it a feature. And if it’s snowing, make the most of those photo opportunities. It may be cold outside, but the albums will be worth it.
A winter wedding is no time to reveal your inner shrinking violet. It’s a chance to ramp up the drama with tactile capes, glittering jewels and a show-stopping dress. Only you will know the style to suit your shape, but remember to embellish and adorn with abandon.
Think snowflakes, stars and fur stoles (fake, of course) and remember to practice your makeup in a similar light as you’ll be expecting on the day. A bold red lip might be just the ticket here – there’s a shade to suit everyone.
Will there ever be a better occasion for a horse drawn sleigh, layered with furs and blankets? We can’t think of one, but even if you fancy something a little more understated, just make sure you get your cosy on – layer up with furs, stoles and sheepskins and travel with your flower girls and ring bearer – you’ll all make a for a fine photograph when exiting your transport of choice.
There are plenty of opportunities to give your most special day an extra twist; this is where your personal style can really shine. Here’s a few quick ones to get you started:
- Falling snow confetti: No snow? No problem. Give guests packets of ‘snow’ confetti and the photographer a heads up, then ready yourself for an unforgettable moment.
- Christmas tree decorating: If your wedding is near enough to Christmas, then decorating your own tree in wedding colours will be really special. There may even be enough room for two extra decorations: the wedding rings.
- Guest gifting: Abandon traditional wedding favours in favour of homemade wreaths for guests to take home and decorate their own houses with. Every time they look at them, they’ll be reminded of a very special day – yours.
- Crystal tips: From embellishing centerpieces, to adorning bouquets and decorating champagne flutes – scatter your crystal with abandon. The more sparkle the better.
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