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A winter wedding
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Some ideas and suggestions for stunning winter weddings

Dramatic and romantic

The truth is that there are not as many weddings in winter. It is more complicated for the bride and the guests, as when you think of wedding dresses and party wear you usually imagine satin, silk, tulle and strapless numbers, rather than long sleeves and coats, right? However there are some beautiful dresses for winter brides, in velvet, heavy satin and silk, with long sleeves and a fake fur stole, wrap or muffler to keep you cozy.

Winter weddings often look the most dramatic and romantic in terms of style. It also gives your guests a chance to dress up to the nines in sumptuous fabrics and rich colors.

A cozy venue

Sometimes there is no alternative than to get married in winter or perhaps you find winter more romantic than the other seasons, so what do you need to bear in mind? In theory, the ideal venue is somewhere that transmits warmth, and we are not just talking about feeling cold. How about a historic house, mansion, or castle if you have one nearby? If there is an open fire, even better.

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It could also be at a private club, and if you live in an area where it snows it would be stunning if had large picture windows so that you can see the snowflakes falling outside, with heavy curtains that you can close to make things cozier as the evening draws in.

Warm and toasty

The expected temperature is important as your outfit and that of many of your female guests is not suitable for winter, so make sure that the church and reception venue are well heated.

When it comes to the menu, even if you choose a typical wedding menu, why not offer a glass of hot mulled wine or a mug of hot chocolate with brandy as guests enter the reception, and add a warming soup as a starter.

To finish off, a snow white wedding cake decorated with red berries and dark green foliage will add a Christmassy touch.

Winter flowers

Winter suggests white, deep purple, mauve, dusky pink or red flowers with a lot of dark green foliage. Look for flowers in strong colors that are in season in winter, like amaryllis, anemones (with stunning velvety black centers), tulips, jasmine and daffodils, all ideal if you are on a budget, or choose flowers that are available year-round, like gerberas, roses and orchids.

To decorate a winter wedding put candles on the tables, giving a warm and soft light. Bowls with water, petals and floating candles are another good idea. Holly, ivy and poinsettias are fantastic for decorating winter weddings, but take care if there are young children around as holly berries are poisonous.

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