Festive Ideas For Stylish Winter Weddings

Create a stylish winter wonderland wedding this season with the surreal venues and delicate decorations.  Luxury wedding website, 5 Star Wedding Directory provides a collection of winter must-haves for brides to be.

The Snow Capped Setting

Ardanaiseig Highland sits on the banks of Loch Awe, at the foot of Ben Cruachan offering an enchanting backdrop for a Winter Wedding of up to 50 guests. Inside the 4* baronial-style country house hotel, are sumptuous antique interiors, stunning views and crackling log fires offering the perfect accompaniments to an intimate Winter celebration.

ArdanaiseigFourteen individually designed bedrooms are available for guests, and a contemporary private Boatshed with views of snow-capped mountains makes the perfect honeymoon suite. The ceremony itself can take place in the Drawing Room or in a specially built amphitheatre in the grounds. The restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Loch, where a sparkling Christmas tree sits on its very own island during the Festive season.  A traditional Ceilidh in the Drawing Room, with fireworks on the lawn provides a magical evening for everyone.  Ardanaiseig was crowned Scotland’s Most Intimate Wedding Venue 2010, and boasts Scotland most Romantic Hotel Restaurant 2010.

The Winter Dress

Winter doesn’t always mean bundling on the layers!  Elegant long laced sleeves, sumptuous fabrics and fur boleros create a look which oozes sophistication. Caroline Castigliano comments; “For the winter bride, the perfect wrap or shrug is crucial to any outfit, and vital in creating the overall look. It can determine whether a bride is pure red carpet glamour or more understated. For Winter 2010 brides, I would recommend a luxuriously long velvet cape or a exquisitely detailed fur wrap.” Castigliano’s ‘Katia’ dress is a 5 Star favourite for brides wanting to keep stylishly warm – team it with a Russian fur hat and fur hand warmer muff for the ultimate in snow princess!

The Festive Tableware

Amongst the dreamy whites of winter, splashes of festive colour add vibrance to Christmas inspired wedding celebrations.  Pretty Vintage’s eclectic range of crockery includes red and white spotted tablewear with matching napkin holder ribbons, as well a selection of snowflake style doilies and lace tablecloths reminiscent of big traditional family get togethers.  Pretty Vintage hires a complete collection of all things old and beautiful.

The Christmas Flower Girl Gifts

Christmas is always particularly exciting for the younger ones in your wedding party, so why not thank your bridesmaids and flower girls with a beautiful keepsake that holds a hint of festive charm.  Molly Brown has been described as ‘Tiffany for Girls’ with sumptuous packaging and cute caption cards. The ‘Christmas Fairy Charms’, hand painted and sterling silver can be given on their own or as necklaces, while the exclusive ‘Snow White Necklace’ features a sterling silver snowflake with 9kt gold heart detailing.  Presented in a luxurious box, your little friends will think Santa has made an extra special visit.

The Snowflake Cake

Turn the traditional glamour of a white wedding cake into an awe-inspiring mountain of snowflakes.  Couture Cakes has stylishly created a four-tier ‘Snowflake Winter Wedding Cake’ or for a more delicate offering, guests can help themselves to layers of ‘Snowflake Miniatures’.

The Christmas Song

Make Aisling Ennis and her gold harp the centre piece of your Christmas wedding. Her popularity amongst celebrities has led her to performing with a string of stars from the likes of rapper Kanye West to comedian Bill Bailey.  Stunning and luxurious, the harp will create an instant festive feel to your special day. Christmas favourites such as ‘The Christmas Song’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ will enchant you and your guests and Aisling is always delighted to colour co-ordinate with your wedding theme.

The Crystal Bouquet

London’s exclusive floral designer, Desmond Talbot, provides wintry romance with miniature and life-size Christmas trees and sophisticated but seasonal colour schemes such as silver and white; burgundy, forest green and gold.  For a totally unique take on a floral bouquet, brides can choose a crystal bouquet or a crystal ball filled with flowers.

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