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From Festive Lights to Mulled Wine and Cosy Log Fires - Six Top Tips For Creating the Perfect Winter Wonderland Wedding
Winter Weddings can still present the modern day bride with a fabulous choice of style options when deciding upon the choice of décor, colour and key details for her big day. Read on for 6 top tips to shake up your festive Wedding and create a Winter Wonderland Wedding with STYLE:
1. Colour Wheel
Oooh, the dilemma! You are in the throes of planning your romantic Christmas wedding. Do you, do as tradition dictates and stay true to the festive holiday colours of red and green; or throw a curve ball into the mix and forgo tradition to the wind? We argue, why not consider these classy colour combinations as great festive alternatives instead:
As White as Snow:
As the name suggest, the chief colour here is white. Throw in accents of silver or gold in your choice of sequinned table linen, chair covers, tableware or overhead décor. The use of mood uplighters set to a cool blue will recreate your wintery theme beautifully. Oversized white cherry blossom trees or twisted birch trees decorated with warm white fairy lights can create the perfect entrance to your wedding reception, provide a romantic backdrop to your top table or create a stunning bridal aisle entrance.
For seriously glamourous table centres, why not use different sized silver glitter balls, mixed in with crystal vases, white lilies and mistletoe to add a sense of drama to the occasion.
The additional of white paper lanterns hung from your ceiling or strategically placed giant white latex balloons will certainly draw the attention of your guests. These popular giant balloons now come in an array of choices and really do look amazing – clear balloons are also available that can then be filled with your choice of glitter or confetti; these also come with a plethora of choice when it comes to ribbon adornments too.
Cut out cardboard snowflakes make for great alternative guest place cards. Other ideas for fabulous table centres include large branches and twigs sprayed silver or white. Hang natural wooden stars, Christmas Trees and hearts from each branch for an instant festive display. Hanging globes with floating votives look equally as romantic and festive.
If you would prefer adding a touch of colour to the occasion; why not choose one of these alternative but ultra-classy colour combinations:
Fiery Red and Glitzy Gold/Midnight Blue and Sublime Silver/Bottle Green and Deep Purple
With each of these choices, the two colours work beautifully together and will create a feeling of warmth and sumptuousness to your wedding décor.
Adding in lots of texture and the odd pattern here and there in terms of your textiles will add a feel of tradition to these colours – think traditional tartan chair swags, blankets or a touch of fur to add warmth.
Bring the outside in with the use of pine cones – either sprayed white, silver or gold, or simply left au naturel, lots of natural wood and green foliage such as thistles, heather, mistletoe and red berries. Throw in the odd classy oversized bauble to add in a little glitz and sparkle.
Of course, as with any of these choice of wedding colours., a festive decorated Christmas Tree taking centre stage at the head of your aisle or to the side of your top table would certainly look the part.
Even better, if your venue has a roaring log fire, see if you can create a warm and relaxing break out area for your guests with some cosy fireside chairs and fluffy blankets.
2. Bridal Attire
This is where you can truly embrace the winter wonderland theme whilst still keeping the overall look and feel elegant and classy. Faux fur stoles or boleros in cream or white will help to keep yourself and your bridesmaids warm. Or why not try a beautiful brown wrap such as this for ultimate Hollywood glamour or channel your Highland Lass with a gorgeous tartan over jacket?
If you would like to plan a formal event, you can do no better than a Black Tie Event. Black Tuxedos for the men and elegant, slim fitting silhouetted evening gowns in black or red for the bridesmaids will recreate this look effortlessly.
An alternative and increasingly popular look for the groomsmen is tweed. Classic Tweed jackets for the groomsmen and the addition of silk scarfs and bow ties is a great way to quickly add in a pop of seasonal colour and tie in easily with the wedding colour scheme at the same time.
3. Eat, Drink and Be Merry
In addition to your traditional sit down wedding breakfast, be sure to add in a few nods to traditional festive food and drink along the way. Why not offer your guests a celebratory drink of mulled wine or cider upon arrival instead of the traditional champagne? This quirky twist on the traditional mince pie for dessert would go down a treat!
A Hot Chocolate Station would be a sure fire hit, especially with the younger guests amongst your Wedding Reception. Let people help themselves to marshmallows, cream and a shot of Baileys (adults only of course!) for the perfect hot tipple to warm up their cockles. Add in some warm, dusted churros or luxury liquor chocolates for the ultimate in pre-dinner appetizers and decadence.
4. Trip the Light Fantastic
To create a truly Winter Wonderland setting, mood lighting really is your friend. The most uninspiring of spaces can be instantly transformed by the use of correct and carefully placed lighting. With the use of a variety of key lighting options you can recreate not only a magical Winter Wonderland, but a romantically inspired event.
Of course, there are some great lighting techniques out there to help you achieve this. With the use of Gobo projection lighting you can project your choice of wintery scenes such as snowflakes or winter trees on to walls, ceilings or even your dancefloor to great effect. Throw in a few festive LED Reindeers and Silver White Birch Trees and the Winter Forest is set.
Of course, for a Winter inspired event, your choice of dancefloor just has to be White LED. Dance Floor LED Letter Lights can spell out your new married surname or your choice of festive greeting and are a great focal point for dance floor pictures and wedding photography.
Think 'A Night at The Proms' and keep it classy with a wonderful live percussion band or string quartet for the ideal accompaniment to your Wedding Breakfast. The time to let your hair down and dance the night away has yet to come!
6. The Grand Finale
Of course, with all festive celebrations there comes with it the question of how the party can be brought to a fabulous end.
If your budget can stretch to a romantic firework display to toast your new married life and the advent of the festive season than what better way to end the night.