Winter weddings

PUBLISHED: 08:35 17 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:43 20 February 2013

Winter weddings

Winter weddings

Candlelit glamour and open fires – winter can be a magical time for a wedding, says <br/><br/>Julie Trooby, 2010 wedding planner of the year

Glowing with romance

Candlelit glamour and open fires winter can be a magical time for a wedding, says Julie Trooby, 2010 wedding planner of the year

With a chill in the air and warming wraps around your shoulders winter is a wonderful time of the year for a wedding celebration. Here are some ideas to help you plan your perfect winter ceremony.

Lights fantastic

Choose you theme and dcor to fit the time of year. Dont forget that the venue may have its own Christmas decorations up, so remember to check what they are doing before you commit to your colour scheme.

White is a great colour for this time of year. Keep everything crisp and elegant, especially when thinking about tables and then add a splash of colour, such as the ribbon on your napkins or the sash on chair covers to tie your wedding colours into the room.

Candles are a must for winter weddings. As the evenings get dark early it will add a romantic atmosphere to your day. Tea lights in votives can be easily moved from the ceremony to reception. And dont forget outside. Hand lanterns outside for a truly magical feel.

Fairy lights go without saying. Clear ones in trees outside and in add a sense of Christmas luxury.

Dramatic dresses

Wedding dresses for winter weddings can be so exciting add a long cape for a theatrical feel or a white fur shrug for a touch of luxury. Remember when considering your footwear that open toes are not always the most practical idea. You could opt for luxurious white winter boots?

When selecting your flowers remember to choose ones that are in season such as lilies, roses, orchids, winter jasmine. You can add some berries and gems to make a true statement.

Remember the little ones. They probably wont be able to go outside, so give a little thought to something to entertain them, perhaps an activity table or an entertainer may be hired to allow a little time of for parents.

Food for thought

Mulled wine is great for a winter reception. Consider hearty foods and rich sauces.

Think carefully about your cake. Why not see if you can order a giant Christmas pudding and have it flambed by the chef in front of your guests to add a dramatic finish then serve as dessert with warming brandy butter.

Picture perfect

Photography can be a tricky subject at this time of year. Heres expert winter wedding photographer, Neale James of Breathe Pictures.

I always promote the fact that couples should embrace the weather. If it rains, be bold, grab some umbrellas and go for it. Youll not be outside long. If rain is a part of your day, show it in the photos. White umbrellas are best as they allow light through.

Its likely during mid winter that itll be cold, perhaps even icy. I take a different approach during the winter when it comes to group portraits. You dont want your guests to have an over-riding memory of your day as the time they were made to all stand outside in the cold for an hour to have lots of combinations of group shots. Trim those family portraits right down and choose a photographer who can turn his or hand to more informal portraiture inside.

Its worth hiring a photographer who can shoot in available light conditions without having to napalm the scene with intrusive flash. Shooting minus flash can make for far better three-dimensional photographs. You see what the room was actually like and get increased feel for the wonderful mood a winter wedding can possess.

Winter weddings can produce the most magical results and are undoubtedly different from the way a summer occasion can look. If photographs in daylight are important though, remember that from 3.30 onwards dependant upon month of course, the light starts to fade. I have had clients that want lots of outside shots, but plan their ceremony for 2pm. By the time youve come out of church and been greeted by guests, that leaves no time for daylight shots.

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