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Hot topic: Winter wedding worries

Our experts tackle your winter wedding worries

Festive boho

Festive boho

Q. What's hot in winter wedding styling this year?

A. Daniel J Kyte says: The boho theme has been at the forefront of many couples' minds this year and we've found this has gradually crept into winter wedding styling.

Couples are coming to us with Victorian styling ideas from ornate shabby-chic picture frames holding table numbers and menus, to wrought iron geometric frames bearing hanging foliage – there's much less bling overall.

Colour palettes have become darker and shades are toned down to the ever-so-traditional burgundy and racing green. Even the popular Christmas gold has been replaced by tones of copper. We're also starting to see the need to incorporate red and green tartans into designs, to accentuate a warming Christmas look.

Floristry has also followed this trend and we've noticed that the use of eucalyptus, ruscus and rosemary has not only flowed throughout last autumn and into this year; but is starting to etch itself into the winter setups of 2019. The most popular arrangements here at KC Weddings and Events are wreaths with lanterns, tall geometric frames with asymmetric foliage or tall cylindrical glass vases with candles on a bed of foliage. These arrangements are truly spectacular and look divine.

White as snow

White as snow

Q. What would be the perfect showstopping cake for a December wedding?

A. Heather Clack says: Every bride has their own vision of what their wedding cake should look like, so whoever makes your big-day bake should hold an initial meeting with you to understand what your winter wedding means to you. For example, the cake pictured here has ruffles on two of the layers to reflect the bride's gorgeous gown, as well as giving it a wonderful texture and the appearance of an expanse of driven snow. The other two layers of this cake were decorated with a simple yet elegant quilted diamante effect. The four tiers are made up of a traditional rich fruitcake soaked in brandy, a light crisp tangy lemon sponge, a traditional vanilla sponge, and a carrot cake with a good pinch of cinnamon for that Christmas feel. This style of cake complements any winter wedding with its timeless design.

Let is snow

Let is snow

Q. We're hoping to have a cosy Christmas wedding. What do you recommend we look for in a venue to make sure we can still enjoy our day to the fullest without the use of outside space?

A. Fleur Record-Smith says: You need to be particularly discerning when planning a Christmas wedding – I recommend that your tick list include a venue that seamlessly combines the old with the new. Somewhere that enables you to have cosy experiences, like a beautiful old house with roaring fires where guests can relax with a glass of mulled Kentish cider and a splash of brandy, which always goes down a treat here. Then the new element of the venue, like a bright orangery, should enable you to bring the outside in, with grounds full of romantic hot-spots beautifully illuminated with festoon lighting and fairylights to keep your photographer and videographer happy! In order to maximise the daylight it's important that you work with a dedicated wedding team that allows you to be flexible with your timings, as the best time to marry in the winter is at around 1pm, sitting down for dinner no later than 3.30pm – somewhat earlier than a summer wedding. Ideally you want a venue that enables you to achieve a romantic dinner illuminated by real candlelight to dazzle and inspire. This year, couples are working with their wedding stylists to create their own cosy winter wonderlands with a frosted sugar look that requires a white box background, and a sparkler send-off. We're so excited we can't wait to get festive!

Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Q. What seasonal dishes can we serve at our winter-themed wedding?

A. Clare Smith says: I've noticed that while couples are nodding to the festive season by opting for a crowd-pleasing seated traditional Christmas dinner complete with rich, local flavours, seasonal vegetables and comfort food with a gourmet twist, their desserts are taking centre stage.

Rather than opting for classic puddings though, couples are getting more creative and incorporating their wedding cake into an exciting dessert station, also replacing the post-wedding breakfast tea and coffee with a hot chocolate bar.

Food stations add a classy wow-factor to buffet-style dining. Using the best of the county's seasonal ingredients you could choose to have a cheesecake, pie and tart bar including the best of Kentish traditional desserts like the deliciously sweet gypsy tart, Canterbury apple tart made with fruit picked from local orchards, and Kentish cherry batter pudding and ginger cobnut cake that we love to serve alongside delicious wines, also made with locally grown grapes.

Christmas minimalism

Christmas minimalism

Q. How can I tie my stationery into my Christmas wedding theme without being tacky?

A. Heather McMillan says: Less is more! When it comes to wedding stationery think Christmas colours, imagery, sparkle and snow, then choose one or two, and let the main message be about your wedding day keeping the seasonality in the background.

Modern twists on traditional Christmas colours work really well – rich mulled wine hues, teal and gold. Pair with a small nod to the festive season in the form of an icon such as a cute little reindeer and this is all you need.

Alternatively, keep it classic with a white card, traditional typeface and winter flowers, not necessarily holly, but red berries, pinecones and foliage. Red foil also makes a lovely addition. For something simple, consider a winter wonderland theme with white, silver, and snowflakes.

The key is to keep the focus on you and your partner. Concentrate on what Christmas means to you and use that as inspiration to create the perfect tone for your wintry wedding.