Think sparkles, think twinkling lights, think cosy log fires and think merriment.
So, if you are thinking of ‘tying the knot’ in the winter months, here are some thoughts to consider.
When choosing a venue during the winter months, firstly be careful with your choice of date. Anything too close to Christmas can prove tricky if it starts to clash with festive plans. Secondly, make sure you visit your venue after the sun has gone down. With the sun setting at around 4pm in winter, you need to check what your venue is like when it gets dark. Does it feel cosy? Is the lighting right? Do you feel it is magical enough? And finally, is it warm?
Your wedding planner should be au fait with suggesting those venues that really do lend themselves to a winter wedding and your personality.
When it comes to the choice of what to wear, the possibilities are endless. Many brides opt for sumptuous fabrics with metallic, beading and beautiful sleeves. Slinky silk and velvet are definitely becoming more popular in designs reminiscent of the elegance of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Whilst the men can exercise their sartorial flair with tuxedo jackets, velvet and satin. Whatever you choose, we suggest you consider layers. Nothing is more glamourous than a cape, faux fur stole or chic shrug to ward off plunging temperatures.
Candles are definitely a MUST at any winter wedding and can instantly transform the most simple of spaces - whether they twinkle as they line your aisle or dance light against your table settings. They can be of differing heights in your centrepieces, line all the mantelpieces and fireplaces, be placed in lanterns inside and outside and offer up the most beautiful scents once lit. Most venues now insist on naked flames being enclosed so use a wide variety of beautiful glass hurricane vases to create an even more spectacular setting.
Top florists will be able to replicate summer blooms if you have your heart set on that but perhaps just for your bouquet. For floral decorations around the venue and on table-tops, go wintry with sumptuous deep reds and gold in a variety of blooms and different size vases grouped together. Wintry white with masses of berries, twigs, roses and candles looks divine for a ceremony setting.
And finally, when it comes to how you’re going to party, consider entertainment that sums up the season – maybe carol singers, ice sculptures, sleighs to transport you and how about an ice rink!
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