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Hot topic: Winter wonderland weddings

Our experts talk winter wonderland weddings

Style it out

Style it out

Q. How can I turn my big day into a winter wonderland?

A. Claire Weedon says: An endless array of gorgeous styling choices are possible, from frosted silvery and sparkling tones to warm, rich tones and fabrics. You can even style it with a theme like The Great Gatsby, The Nutcracker or Twelve Days of Christmas.

Keep your guests warm and cosy with drinks like Winter Pimm's, mulled wine and cosy hot chocolate – although a glass of festive bubbly is always welcome.

Wedding favours can complement the season, with yummy gingerbread, shortbread and mince pies going down a treat.

Additional ambience can be found via music choices; why not add a festive saxophonist or jazzy Gatsby feel to enhance your guests' experiences?

The daytime light creates its own opportunities for photography, and the abundance of dark hours can be lit with magical fairylights for those show-stopping photos.

Be sure to check your venue has adequate heating, plenty of space for guests to hang up their winter coats and accessible grounds for a smooth running of the day. You may prefer holding the ceremony and reception in one place; it is winter after all, and transport between two locations may be unpleasant in bad weather.

A touch of class

A touch of class

Q. How can I turn my big day into a winter wonderland?

A. Daniel J Kyte says: The perfect festive winter wonderland wedding should consist of nothing but opulence, class and, most of all, stylish flair.

Using white and silver birch attached to twisting Manzanita branches, sprayed white is a perfect way to achieve this. The gnarled old white glittering branches twist and turn and create a woodland look for a perfect Christmas card image.

Another strong contender is white sequin. Adding a slight touch of bling without going overboard, for me they symbolise the shimmer of fallen snow under the moonlight. Often, people make the mistake of using a silver sequin backdrop or tablecloth, which will wow but will also make the wedding look bling-tastic. Fine but not what we are looking to achieve here.

For opulence, go down the silver or white candelabra route. A small amount of crystal stars or diamanté garlands can be hung from these.

Most importantly, if you decide to DIY, then I would recommend you consult Pinterest. Enjoy your special day!

Winter warmers

Winter warmers

Q. How can I turn my big day into a winter wonderland?

A. Debra Green says: With a winter wedding, you need wow factor comfort. We suggest little cups of soup, such as spiced butternut squash and red pepper to help warm up the guests as they arrive. For the perfect welcoming winter canapés, try mini pheasant and mushroom pies, skewered pork belly with applesauce and crackling crumb.

Our fabulous kangaroo hot pot is always a winter winner. With an Australian head chef, we have introduced many of our couples to this delicious meat. The taste is a cross between beef and venison, and it's served in a filo basket accompanied by a creamy sweet potato mash on the side. It looks stunning and tastes incredible! Alternatively, roasted pork fillet stuffed with roasted plums, dates and apple with a sherry reduction are ideal warm, wintry flavours.

A date and chocolate pudding with butterscotch sauce is a perfect end to a winter menu. If you're planning a Christmas wedding, our profiteroles filled with Christmas pudding ice cream with a chocolate, caramel and brandy sauce will end the meal with a smile!

Defeat the drizzle

Defeat the drizzle

Q. How can I make my big day into a winter wonderland?

A. Simon Morris says: Picture the scene: a beautiful country manor house, snow on the ground, crisp bright blue sky – a glorious day for a wedding. Although in this country, what we are more likely to be faced with during the winter months is a cold, grey, wet day!

Your photographer will need to plan for both scenarios and everything in between. Each has its own issues to overcome.

- Cold – can affect batteries, brides and guests. Quick photo sessions outside are in order, and clear planning is what's required.

- Wet – contingency planning is a must. Where will group shots take place? Are umbrellas needed? And so on.

- Dark – lighting is vital to the quality of your images. Your photographer will need to use a flash and possibly even be equipped with studio lighting to ensure they are clear.

Flexibility is key. Discuss with your photographer where the opportunities may be. If you get that moment of light in the midst of the drizzle, go for it!

Fabulous foliage

Fabulous foliage

Q. How can I make my big day into a winter wonderland?

A. Jo Moody says: Winter flowers, foliage, berries and seed heads are bursting with texture and colour and can really help to set the tone of your wedding. Foliage remains a strong trend for the year ahead, and quality is at its peak during the winter months. Think rich, jewel-toned seasonal flowers complemented by lush green foliage and textured berries in abundant hand-tied bouquets for a decadent still-life look.

Try combining the deepest-hued black baccara roses or crimson garden roses such as David Austin Darcey with viburnum steel berries, red skimmia foliage, scabious seed heads, anemones or hellebores and eryngium thistles for a rich, warm look. Silk or velvet ribbons in complementary colours such as teal, claret, petrol blue or steel grey can add another dimension.

If you prefer a crisp, classic look, opt for white and ivory flowers with a mix of deep glossy green foliage and a hint of grey for texture. Try crisp white avalanche roses, white anemones, eucaris or ivory cymbidium orchids alongside grey eucalyptus cinerea or berried eucalyptus populus, ivory hypericum berries and evergreen foliage such as spruce and pine.

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