Congratulations on your engagement! Whether you’re getting married or a close friend or family member is organising the biggest day of their life, it’s never too early to start planning and taking note of those all-important services and wedding must-haves that ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible; think cakes, flowers, cars, hair and make-up, suites, entertainment and wedding stationery – there’s a lot to think about!
The winter months are a magical time to tie the knot. Crisp, clear mornings and the sense of stillness as Mother Nature battens downs the hatches for the colder days is a beautiful and romantic time of the year. With wedding venues providing many more options for the winter weather, brides and grooms are increasingly choosing the later or early months of the year to get married as a unique and cost-effective alternative.
Top of the list for the bride is her wedding dress. Don’t let the colder weather put you off from choosing a sleeveless dress though, because there are lots of different options that are perfect to keep you warm, such vintage shrugs and boleros or thick faux fur coats and glamorous silk gloves.
Of course, looking so glamourous requires a form of travel just as elegant and sophisticated. There’s a large range of travel options available, from classic cars with that timeless look to modern cars equipped with comfort and style. Don’t forget too, that you can hire vintage buses and mini buses for your friends and family to make their way to your venue with ease.
You might think that there’s less choice for your floral decorations if you choose a winter wedding, but you’d be wrong! With blue suits for the groom being very in vogue at the moment, thistles make a stunning centre piece in button holes and bouquets. Deep-coloured flowers such as anemones and freesias, subtle forms of muscari and of course classic roses are just a few beautiful flowers that are available during the winter months; be sure to talk to your florist to see what’s around - you’ll be surprised by the variety!
One of the most important things to plan for is a photographer. Whether you want ‘documentary’ style photography or a more classic, posed approach, it’s best to do your research to see which is best suited to you and your dream wedding. Remember, your photos will last many lifetimes so shop around to ensure you choose the best for you.
Congratulations and happy planning!
We recommend the following local businesses to help with your planning (and you can read their customer reviews):
Wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and mother-of-the-bride outfits: The Bridelicious Boutique in Wallingford.
Photography: Jacqueline Cross Photography
Wedding Car: Chauffeur Cars Oxford
Minibus transport of guests: Dazbus Chauffeured Minibus Hire
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