There is something magical about a winter wedding celebration. Here’s our tip-top guide to hosting the perfect winter wedding.
A white dress in winter looks magical. Choose luxe fabrics, with decadent details, scattered, sparkling sequins and crystal embellishments. If sleeves are a must-have for your gown, why not try a dainty lace jacket or some angel or fashion-forward bell sleeves. However, if you’ve always had your heart set on a classic strapless sweetheart gown, it’s perfectly possible – just add a sumptuous faux-fur stole or a removable bolero.
Embrace the dark nights of winter with myriad fairy lights in either soft whites or rainbow hues.
Remember you can get solar powered and battery lights as well as traditional plugin lights so your choices are almost as infinite as your imagination. Candles are a romantic choice, however, naked flames may not be practical in your venue. Many companies now make battery candles which even flicker like a realistic flame. Up the ambience with fragranced wax melts; use an electric melter for safety. Try snow-kissed ski chalet or shimming spruce and peppermint fragrances for a perfect Christmas aroma.
A winter wedding is also the perfect time to opt for a seasonal colour palette, whether that’s pairing whites and silver or choosing reds and greens. No matter which colour palette you choose, let it flow through your whole theme. For extra cosiness, include stashed stacks of faux fur throws around your venue. It’s the small and intricate details that will elevate your winter wedding.
Swags, wreaths, bouquets and buttonholes are beautiful – eucalyptus , pine, holly and, of course, mistletoe, make the perfect floral and foliage flourish.
A key part of any wedding is to eat, drink and be merry. How about a mulled wine, rich in cinnamon and cloves to warm up your guests? Or a spiced apple toddy? For canapes, serve up pigs in blankets, angels on horseback smoked salmon blinis – remember that there are many vegetarian or vegan alternatives readily available. When it comes to your wedding cake, replace that three-tier white cake with a decadent yule log or a richly fruited panettone.