Make the most of a mid-winter wedding by keeping a seasonal theme going throughout the day with everything from favours and stationery, to cakes, accessories and flowers.
Red, monochrome, ivory and metallics (silver and gold), as well as crystal snowflake designs and pink shades, are some of the most popular winter wedding colours for stationery, says Emma-Louise Bonnick, bespoke wedding stationer at ELS Design.
“Sparkle is always popular too”, adds Elise Sykes, creator at To Have & To Hold, which specialises in handmade wedding stationery. “Our Diamonds Are Forever and Vintage Style design, which has a luxury sparkly fibre paper, tend to be ordered for Christmas weddings. And I did the Simply Stunning option in blue and gold for a Christmas wedding: the traditional gold mixed with ice blue made me think of Narnia; champagne and pink is wonderful against the snow; and the brooch detail looks a bit like a snowflake.”
For the ultimate midwinter touch, Eaton Cards’ brand new boutique range has a holly illustration as well as a coloured ribbon to match your scheme. “The main difference we see for winter weddings is the choice of rich colours,” says Eaton’s Sarah Musson. “For winter 2012 / 2013, plum and wine shades have been very popular.”
Just one word of caution: don’t leave it too late to send winter wedding invitations out as guests may be booking Christmas holidays. Emma-Louise suggests posting save-the-date cards by March and invitations by July for a December wedding.
Add a touch of sparkle with crystals and twinkling lights to offset the winter darkness. For quirky glamour, Best at Hire has a string of standout accessories including diamond napkin rings and pearl bracelet-style tags to wrap round a black, Pashmina favour.
Or take a tip from the company’s Director, Sarah Collins, who surrounded her own wedding venue with tea lights for a magical way to illuminate the darkness. Sarah added another touch of glamorous style with black, lace-effect menus.
But nothing could be more wintery than the Christmas combination of white and red. Luxurious red satin bows around white chair covers will put everyone in mind of presents.
Sugared almonds in pastel shades are the traditional wedding favour, but for a winter ceremony try something a little bit different. Cake pops will be a hit with your guests and give you the chance to indulge a few different tastes.
Nutty cake pops from The Favour House are dipped in chocolate then scattered with hazelnuts — or pick from several flavours of sponge as well as shimmer or sugar pearl toppings.
If you’d rather stick to sweets, go for candy romance with heart-shaped creations in red from By Charmaine.
“Red is a popular choice during the winter months,” says Claire May, creative director of Lily and May florists. “A richness and depth of colour can also be achieved using plum and pink tones. The stunning Picasso Calla is a terrific flower for this season and works well within both bouquets and venue arrangements.
“White flowers are a great option for winter weddings too,” Claire adds. “They reflect the crisp winter days. Using seasonal flowers such as anemones and roses will give your bouquet a gorgeous, romantic feel.”
Classic red roses also make a striking bouquet — and you can add a fashionable twist by working in pale buds or blue berries.
It’s easy to keep the winter theme going when it comes to cakes. You could plump for all-out Christmas style with a bauble cake from By Charmaine, which looks almost too real to eat – or, if only chocolate will do, individual cakes wrapped in glossy red ribbon are the perfect Christmas gift for your guests.
“Brides tend to look for something a bit different at this time of year,” reveals Julia Shaw from Cupcakes, Bake & Create, whose designs include a berry cupcake with jewel-coloured sugared fruit decoration. “Winter cakes usually involve warming colours such as burgundy, brown and orange. I’m also working on a couple of Christmas designs, one features frosted snowflakes while the other is based around traditional, kitsch items such as gingerbread men, candy sticks and holly.”