WINTER IS A WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR FOR YOUR WEDDING!
With the current Coronavirus restrictions, we know that for many couples this means postponing their summer wedding to later in the year. However, just because the weather will be colder, it doesn’t mean your wedding will be any less beautiful.
We asked members of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and other industry experts for their top tips and advice for making your winter wedding just as wonderful as anything in the summer months.
Wedding photographer Neli Prahova says “If your wedding has been postponed to later in the year you may wish to reconsider the timeline of your wedding day in order to get the best photography shots.
The best light for your couple photographs is during the magical “golden hour”, which is within an hour before sunset, so you may want to have an early afternoon ceremony and then catch the best daylight as you come out of the Church or venue.”
Hair and Makeup
Makeup artist Kirsty McCall says: “You can choose to go a little bolder with your make up as the daylight is usually a soft even light in the winter months. Why not try a smokey eye or a more intense lip colour? A massive advantage to having your make up done in the winter is longevity! Your skin is cooler so the makeup will last much longer without the need for as many touch-ups. Cooler weather keeps the shine on your t-zone to a minimum!”
Janice Tee, hairstylist loves the drama of winter wedding and suggests “You can be more creative with your hairstyle, perhaps using hairpieces or extensions to create drama and form, which might feel overdone in summer.”
Wedding Attire Accessories
Winter is the time to really go for it in terms of accessories says Susannah Parker of Couture Weddings & Events “Add a beautiful full-length faux fur cape with a hood or perhaps just a shoulder stole, as well as a faux fur muff with a sparkly brooch.”
Andreea Coma of Your Flower Story London loves winter weddings especially when it comes to choosing the flowers. “In winter we have so many flowers options; from roses to anemone, ranunculus, white hydrangea, cymbidium orchids and lots more.”
Her advice on the colours to choose are “velvet red, silver pink, white with red mixed with pine.”
She adds “Candles can create a beautiful ambience. Try candles lining the stairs and hallways, candelabras on the table and festoon lighting in the courtyard. Unlike summer weddings where lighting is only effective for a few hours, your lighting will be appreciated for a longer part of the day and night.”
Susannah Parker of Couture Weddings & Events adds that you can really go for it with the scents of the season “Fill your venue with scented candles or tea lights and the smell of this in the future will be really evocative of your big day. Cedarwood, mandarin, pine, juniper berry and cinnamon are perfect, perhaps not all at once though!”
It’s often the little things at your wedding that you will remember forever and wedding planner Susie Evans has a lovely idea “For one of the winter weddings I did last year in December, all the guests were given a bauble and asked to write a message on it and the couple took them home as a memory of their day. Each year they will hang the baubles on their Christmas tree.”
Food is always an important part of any wedding celebration and Andri Benson of Always Andri says “One of the key elements to get right for a winter wedding is the food and drinks choices as they play into all the senses. Think seasonal warming stews, organic root vegetables and decadent desserts. Mulled wine or hot chocolate stations can go down a treat too.”
Wedding planner Susie Evans agrees “Instead of the usual summer Pimms, Prosecco etc you can make some great winter cocktails or even winter Pimms. or what about incorporating hot choc and s’ mores for the evening nibbles?”
Vaishali Shah of Ananya Cards loves winter as it can be a time for sequins & sparkles “Winter weddings are the perfect time for monochrome palettes paired alongside striking metallics, with imagery of snowflakes and snow, fairy lights, pinecones, shimmering branches, berries, and leafless trees. Hand-finished touches to your stationery like wax seals, crystals, and metallic foil are beautiful for this time of year. We also love how wintery colours like shades of black, rich burgundies, midnight blues, and sultry indigos start making an appearance, and how liberally sequins and sparkles embellish the season.
We all hope that by later this year international flights will resume and that means it’s the perfect time of the year to travel to warmer climates. Wedding planner Hayley Bunting of Hayley Jayne Weddings and Events suggests “Australia, the Caribbean and South America are all fabulous places to pick up some much-needed winter sun.”
And finally the weather – we all know that even in the summer months, especially in the UK, the weather can be unpredictable, but Valentina Ring of The Stars Inside believes this can be a huge advantage in the winter “From a weather point of view, looking later in the year means that you know what you’ll get, and you can plan for the cold temperatures by finding a venue whose forte is their stunning indoor spaces and log fires, rather than their gardens; then, whether you get snow or sun, it will all just be an added bonus – and no need to anxiously watch the forecast every day!”
All images are from an inspirational photoshoot at the Caledonian Club in London, with members of the UKAWP, top wedding designers and leading wedding suppliers – with a warm, cosy, winter theme.