We’re feeling decidedly festive! For those celebrating this magical time of year with a beautiful wedding, we theme your day, Winter Wonderland…
Be it a pre-Christmas Winter Wonderland celebration at a historic castle, a traditional affair at a fine stately home on Christmas Day, or elegant black-tie style nuptials around New Year, there are many a desirable theme to give a fitting nod to the season. So, we’re sprinkling some magic dust over the blog today as we team up with Brides Up North to bring you our top choice of finishing touches to help create your very own magical Christmas wedding….
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For those wanting to go down the classic route, it’s highly likely that red will instantly spring to mind as a key colour for a winter wedding, but why not put a twist on tradition by going for a deeper shade of red, such as burgundy and mixing it with rich berry tones for an opulent winter palette.
Equally, those of you thinking gold or silver could put a slant on things by opting for more on-trend metallics, such as gorgeous rose-gold or beautiful brass.
A stripped-back botanical theme isn’t out of the question for winter either, just be sure to use foliage associated with the winter months, so trailing spruce down the table centre and soft fern cuttings tied to napkins with twine. Then intersperse with metallic ornate candleholders, tealights and tapered candles.
An all-white wedding will of course never go out of fashion, especially in winter, but keep it luxurious with big blousy and textured blooms and lots of clear-glass accents.
Festive weddings call for a little glitz and glam so you can’t go wrong with anything that shines or shimmers – we’re talking fairy and festoon lighting, sequin table runners, glitter encrusted stags, mercury glass votives, polished candelabras and metallic lanterns.
Candlelight is essential with darkness setting in so early during the winter months and creates a warm and romantic atmosphere for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. Suspended tealights in little glass orbs are one of our very favourite winter wedding features, whether hung from ceiling beams or table centrepiece structures.
Sparkling baubles provide beautiful décor and can be used to hold place names, strung along an ornate photo frame to form a festive table plan, or hung aloft as part of a striking focal point.
Other fine nods to winter include pine cones, whether plain or spray-painted, sprigs of holly and cuttings of spruce, which can be used in the table décor, bouquets and button holes, or to dress the cake.
In our opinion, the best time of the year for favours. Perhaps you can give guests a Christmas decoration so that each year when they hang it on the tree they are reminded of your special day. Or what about something edible – snowflake-shaped cookies, Santa and Rudolf cake pops, a festive pot of berry jam, or keep it classic with candy canes or chocolate coins. Drink wise, a miniature Baileys or luxury hot chocolate kits make perfect pressies!
Food & drink
Another area that you can really go to town on during the winter months – it’s all about comforting and hearty dishes, so hold the poached salmon and bring on the pie, mash and gravy; the beef Wellington; the roast leg of lamb. Warming dessert choices are in abundance too – sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake or classic Christmas pud!
In place of a traditional wedding cake you could go for a festive dessert bar full of mini sweet treats, such as mince pies, snowball cake pops, gingerbread cookies, profiteroles and Stollen cake.
Drink-wise, just think of your favourite tipples to raise a glass with over the festive period; from mulled wine and cider, to Bucks Fizz and Kir Royals – Oh, and not forgetting a brandy liquor or retro Snowball!
Beyond the setting and feasting, there are a few finishing touches brides can add to their attire to be in keeping with the glamour of the festive season. The cold weather calls for a cover-up so an opulent faux fur jacket or stole will tick both fashion and practical boxes. Glitz wise, why not pick out a pair of embellished heels, add a sparkling belt to switch up your dress from day to night, or find your dream statement earrings for a more fashion-forward look. And the ultimate finishing touch for a winter bride – a classic red lip so you’re mistletoe-ready!
Our thanks to the lovely people at Brides Up North! Brides Up North is one of the top bridal blogs in the UK and the only wedding blog especially for brides in the North. Visit bridesupnorth.com for a double daily dose of real weddings, bridal fashion features, local supplier showcases, giveaways, discounts and more!