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Winter Wedding Inspiration

Paula McGarry

The perfect, romantic wedding day is what all brides dream of, and what could be more romantic than the enchanting setting of a winter wonderland wedding? Cold it may be, but there is a certain magic in the air that pervades the setting of a winter wedding.  Allow your imagination to roam free and the options are endless for you to make this day truly special.

Flowers

A winter wedding is all about the perfect shades of white. Combine snowdrops and gypsophila with icy hued ranunculus and minty sprigs of greenery for a beautifully frosty finish to your bouquet. Your florist can match cool coloured ribbons to your chosen blooms and combine with creamy pearls or glittering crystals for the perfect icy effect that can be as glamorously opulent, or elegantly understated as you desire. For a gloriously boho effect, wrap the stems of your bouquet in hessian fabric and trailing, velvety ribbons.

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Accessories

You’ll need to wrap up on the day, so take the opportunity to accessorise your bridesmaid dresses with cute fur shawls, or fluffy pashminas. Not only will you keep your leading ladies toasty warm, but you can have fun picking the perfect colour for them that fits in with your theme.  For very cold settings go one step further and provide cosy blankets for your guests to wrap up in.

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Drinks

Embrace your winter theme and offer your guests a boozy (or virgin) hot chocolate on arrival. Choose your favourite creamy, liquor and combine with luscious chocolate topped with their choice of marshmallows, cream, sprinkles and whatever else you can feasibly fit into a hot chocolate mug! You can make this really fun for your guests (and yourself whilst choosing) by giving them a variety of options to choose from and create their own, delicious drink. Just make sure to keep it away from any white dresses!

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Decorations

Glitter, glitter and more glitter! Sprinkle it on your tables, combine it with your confetti and even incorporate it subtly into your bridal makeup on the day. A subtle coating of glitter will add a frosty finish to anything you like so get it on your place cards, your favours and even your flowers. For weddings that are especially close to Christmas, why not decorate your venue with Christmas trees decorated in your wedding colours. You can choose baubles that perfectly complement your colour palette and even ask your guests to bring a personalised decoration that will help you commemorate the day forever.

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Special Touches

Add some sparkle to your evening party by handing sparklers out to all your guests. Not only will this make for some fantastic wedding pictures, but it’s guaranteed to put a smile on every face. For lighting on the evening, make sure you invest in some twinkling fairy lights that will transform your venue into a magical, winter grotto, and place candles on all your tables and around the area you will be in. A combination of different sized candles, in your chosen wedding scent will help to create an air of rustic romance.

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The Best Winter Honeymoon Destinations

Paula McGarry

A winter wedding will inevitably lead onto a winter honeymoon, and whilst you may think this can limit your choices when compared to a summer wedding, this is not the case. From magical winter wonderlands, to exotically, tropical islands, there is still an abundance of choice before you. Let us entice you with some of our favourite options for a winter honeymoon and we can promise that the only difficult decision will be which option you want the most!

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Exuding glamour and luxury, St. Moritz is one of the oldest winter ski resorts and offers the perfect setting for a luxurious yet picturesque honeymoon. Sitting a good 6500ft above sea level, the resort offers some spectacular skiing, complimented by a range of sophisticated bars and restaurants all set against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps. Spend your days flying down the pristine, glittering slopes, and your evenings enjoying the many après-ski options on offer. Let this winter paradise seduce you with her world class ski slopes, beautiful scenery and gourmet dining options.

Best for… Couples who want a mix of pampering and activities

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New York

For a spectacularly magical winter honeymoon, plan the ultimate break in the city that never sleeps. Famous for having a hectic pace, unbeatable restaurants and the most imaginative Christmas decorations year on year, this is one city break that is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Enjoy gliding around one of the many outdoor ice skating rinks in the city, explore some of the famously outlandish Christmas decorations in the city’s department stores and sample delicious delicacies from one of the many famous restaurants. If you think you may be a little blue once your wedding is over then a break in New York is the perfect antidote to this.

Best for… Christmas lovers, foodies and culture buffs

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Barbados

With a balmy year round temperature that never usually dips below the mid-twenties, finding some winter sun is easy if you look to Barbados. This small island is located less than eight hours on the plane from the UK and has one big personality. Enjoy laid back days on the beautiful west coast beaches, or experience the thrilling nightlife on the bustling south coast of the island. Experience world class cuisine in some of the islands best restaurants or drop by Oistins on a Friday evening for some authentic Bajan cuisine and entertainment alongside the islands locals. Whatever you choose to experience in Barbados, we can guarantee you will be back for more.

Best for… beach lovers and party goers

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Iceland

For a once in a lifetime experience, venture into the land of ice and fire and experience some truly unique and stunning scenery. Famous for its dramatic landscape, Iceland offers the perfect setting for a different honeymoon that can include everything from mountains and glaciers, to the pure relaxation of immersing yourself in the world famous Blue Lagoon. One of the biggest draws is, of course, the chance to see the magnificent spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. This elusive display is visible for eight months of the year, although never guaranteed. Iceland is, however, one of the best places in the world to see it and if you are one of the lucky few who are privileged enough to witness this, what could be a better blessing for a long and happy marriage?

Best for… nature lovers and hopeless romantics

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Dubai

Playground of the rich and famous, Dubai offers the ultimate in luxury to even the most discerning of travellers. Experience a ski slope in a shopping mall, sunsets viewed from the tallest skyscraper in the world and thrills in the world’s largest indoor amusement park. Shop to your hearts content or relax in lavish surroundings in one of the many opulent hotels.

Best for… Luxury lovers, sun worshippers and thrill seekers

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Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Paula McGarry

There’s nothing quite like a beautifully planned and executed autumn wedding. The brilliant shades of rich auburns and bright golds that frame the trees can be turned into the perfect wedding colour palette, whilst the beautiful scenery at this time of year creates a stunning backdrop for your wedding pictures, that will be dramatically different from the standard summer wedding. If you’re unsure of whether autumn is the right time for you to hold your wedding, then let us persuade you with some of our favourite features…

Flowers

Allow your autumn theme to influence your wedding flowers and you will have an abundance of choice. From deep, velvety reds and rich plums, to glowing, burnished oranges and opulent golds, an autumn colour palette offers a rich array to choose from. Choose a mix of bold shades and garnish your wedding bouquet with sprigs of deep green to create an enchanting woodland effect, or offset it with a brightly coloured piece of ribbon that will contrast magnificently with the heavier shades.

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Cake

One of our favourite wedding cake trends is the ‘naked cake’. Simple layers of plain victoria sponge can be tailored to the individual bride and grooms needs by the addition of simple garnishes that create a ‘wow’ effect. For an autumn wedding we love the idea of combining seasonal flowers with mixed berries and fruits. Keep the cake itself very plain and offset your decorations by displaying the finished masterpiece on a piece of rustic bark to add to the autumnal theme.

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Cocktails

An autumn wedding allows you to become creative with your wedding cocktail of choice. If the weather is already quite cool go for a warm drink, such as a lightly spiced apple cider, that will keep your guests toasty warm. If you prefer to stick to a more traditional cold drink then try creating your own version of sangria by using apple cider instead of wine. The beauty of creating your own is that you can also choose fruits and garnishes that perfectly complement your wedding colours and tie into your theme.

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Confetti

Embrace your theme whole heartedly by adopting autumn inspired confetti. Autumn leaf confetti can be bought or made, and provided to your guests on arrival. Again, the colours can be tailored to your specific requirements, particularly if you are making it yourself, and this will provide some truly spectacular shots from your wedding day.

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Accessories and decorations

Autumn-inspired accessories are all about comfort. Think warm, fuzzy blankets on hand for any of your guests that may get cold, particularly if you are in a marquee or have an outside seating area, and soft golden candlelight to set the scene in the evening.  Whether you choose tall, wicker candle lanterns or dainty little tea lights, candles can be used to create a beautiful setting. Another great idea, and one of our top tips is to mix your floral decorations with fruit, such as pumpkins or apples, to add a rustic effect. Using apples is also a great way to highlight your autumn theme – go for a traditional apple pie dessert, use them to create beautiful table decorations or even present all the children with toffee apple favours. Get really creative to add that stamp of individuality to your wedding day.

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