Five Ideas for Winter Weddings
…with a warm intent. Lacy-looking invitation cards are the rage right now, so this style doesn’t take much tweaking to give it a wintery feel with laser-cut snowflakes. If you prefer, dot your invitations with clear crystals, or use silver ribbons or lettering. Pale blue or white backgrounds are a must.
Chilled-out wedding gown
Even in Oz, winter weddings are more vulnerable to cooler weather and maybe even the odd spot of rain. Brides will want to forgo the usual backless, strapless gowns and opt for sleeves and even an old-fashioned high neckline. If necessary, team this up with a fur stole or a cashmere shrug to ward off the chill. One thing to consider is touches of velvet here and there, as well as dark red or black embroidery accents.
Everyone eats a bit more in the winter, so instead of insubstantial cold soups and salads, try hearty stews, roast meats (or even a hog roast) or even a huge Tex-Mex chilli affair.
When it comes to puddings, winter means custard! No ice creams, no fruit salads or cheesecakes. Go retro and have warm brownies with lashings of custard or fudge sauce.
Drinks-wise, get mulling! Mulled wine or cider is a huge hit, as well as good quality coffee and hot chocolate. You could even whip up a batch of eggnog, or try some Irish cream cocktails.
Colours and décor
White is always great at a wedding, so just edge it into the winter palette by adding icy blue, silver and a touch of red and black. Winter wedding flowers are traditionally white amaryllis and anemones, picked out with winter berries.
If your reception is carrying on into the dark hours, you have to have some candles for an other-worldly but cosy feeling. Look around for some vintage candelabras , and make sure each table features a flickering centrepiece – although be careful to make sure people can still talk over it.