A winter wedding can be a beautiful and magical day, but it is important for the bride to think about her dress and make-up ahead of the big event.
When the date is set, the wedding invitations have been sent out and the venue is full of flowers, the bride and groom-to-be will undoubtedly be hoping for the perfect weather on their big day.
Blue skies, warm sunshine and not a cloud in sight could create a wonderful atmosphere as the couple leave the church under a shower of confetti. What is more, the wedding photography is bound to turn out well if the weather is fine.
However, getting married in the sun is not for everyone and tying the knot on an icy-cold winter day could still be a charming, memorable and beautiful event.
A frosty morning can provide a memorable yuletide backdrop as the bride wraps up warm in a beaded shawl and heads to the wedding venue for her big day.
Finding the perfect wedding dress may be something that takes a little longer if the ceremony is held in the colder months, as the lucky lady will have to keep out the chill. One way to do this could be for her to cover up her shoulders with a small jacket to match her gown.
Sam Walls Beasely, a custom wedding dress designer, suggests cashmere stoles, capes and boleros as great ways to complete a winter wedding look. She also thinks that some faux fur can add the perfect final touch.
Alice Sena, a manager at Sposabella Couture, agreed, saying that wraps can easily open up the number of options available to the bride when she is choosing her gown.
Speaking to the Brooklyn Paper, Ms Walls Beasely also offered some advice on the dress itself. “A much heavier silk should be used for winter wedding gowns, like beautiful drapes. And it should be lined,” she explained.
Before the bride dons her wedding dress for the big day, she will also want to make sure that her make-up is perfect and this needs to be given some consideration if there are likely to be cloudy skies adding atmosphere to the big day.
While the bride may want to use bronzer to add a warm, summer glow to her complexion on a sunny day, a cooler palette with rose-coloured blusher could tie in perfectly with a winter wedding.
Caryn Franklin, a fashion and beauty expert, explains that people need to know what suits them when it comes to applying make-up and she believes that “just as each season brings the chance to make changes to our wardrobe”, make-up should also be adjusted to suit the occasion.
Similarly, choosing the perfect hairstyle can also be important for a yuletide ceremony. With winter often comes rain and wind and to ensure a carefully-constructed ‘do will not be ruined by the elements, a bride might want to choose a classic bun.
Cos Sakkas, artistic director at Toni & Guy, says that buns are “a true classic” that never fail to impress. Whether a low 40s style chignon or a sleek ballerina bun with a decorative flower is decided upon, it could be the ideal, fuss free way to get hair looking perfect for the occasion.