As we enter the autumn season many people are busily planning their weddings in the cooler months to come, and why not, tying the knot is a reason to celebrate whatever the time of year.
Weddings aren't just spring and summer affairs these days. More and more couples are opting to marry during what used to be the off-season and it makes sense because venues are not quite as busy so there is less competition for dates.
Here are some tips to make your winter wedding a great success,
Add colour to the celebrations
By all means have a white wedding but don’t be afraid to opt for bright strong colours for the ensemble. Rich colours add something special to the palette, why not choose bright colors and create a tropical wonderland of mango orange, lime green or pineapple yellow? Gentlemen may wish to add a colourful waistcoat or cravat to liven up their morning suit?
Dress the bridesmaids in style
Ladies, it's completely okay to choose a strapless dress rather than one with long sleeves or silk charmeuse rather than double-faced satin as long as it works for your wedding style and your bridesmaids are comfortable with it. Younger bridesmaids may need to wear something warm depending on the weather.
Freezing isn’t fun!
Remember, the time of year can mean low temperatures, you can't be overly picky about what they wear when the bridesmaids are outdoors. If you've opted for glitzy heels that would be hazardous in snow (let alone ice), be okay with them bringing alternative footwear to get from place to place. Coats are a must as it'll take more than a pashmina to ward off the winter chill. Take special care of small children as snow on the ground etc., will affect them quickly, during outdoor photoshoots especially. Hold the receiving line indoors where it is warm.
Do Create a Cozy Reception
There are plenty of ways to make the reception an inviting experience. With the sun setting early, candle-lights strategically placed will create a romantic glow right from the start of your party. To add ambience, consider bringing in lush, soft textures. Think: velvet ribbon tied around each napkin or chenille pillows and throws in a lounge area.
Don't Let the venue overheat
Keep an eye on the indoors temperature, it may be cold outside but inside the temperature will rise quickly with people dancing and socialising.
Be Gracious to Your Guests
There are many winter-inspired ways you can thank your guests for attending your wedding. Winter, or holiday, themed favours are always favourites, like ornaments with each guest's name on them before Christmas or delectable truffles near Valentine's Day. Another option is to do a hot late-night snack. We love the idea of serving hot cocoa with shortbread cookies or mulled apple cider with ginger snaps.
For the Groom, Aults Menswear is the place to go for your formal wedding attire, you can read full details about them here or give them a call on 01204 525558.
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