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Hot topic: Winter weddings

Local experts on seasonal big-day themes and styling

Flower power

Flower power

Q. I want the flowers at my winter wedding to look stunning but I'm not sure what's available at this time of year or what colours to choose to reflect the season.

A. Marion MacDonald says: Winter weddings can be wonderfully romantic and magical with masses of candles, fairylights and sparkle. I believe the flowers should reflect this and add natural beauty to your whole day. They should also be as individual as the couple they're designed for, so there's no set recipe. However, there are so many gorgeous greens available at this time of year that, teamed with ice whites silvery grey, warm cream, hot pink or succulent red tones and berries, they ooze abundance, simplicity and style.

While most flowers are now available all year round, you will pay more if they're out of season, and that's where a good florist will be able to help with everything from design ideas and flower choice to the final creations and little finishing touches.

Festive flair

Festive flair

Q. We're getting married in December 2019 and want the wedding theme to reflect the season without being too Christmassy. What would you suggest to give a subtle festive flavour to our celebration?

A. Sadie Chivers says: When thinking about Christmas many people tend to immediately think of traditional red, white and silver tones. However, for a subtle seasonal touch, without going over the top, I'd suggest a neutral and warm colour palette such as ivory and navy. I've seen these shades work really well together for a winter wedding while still incorporating a flavour of the season. Use plenty of fairylights in the big-day d├ęcor to enhance the theme and add a warm cosy feel. Incorporating smaller details and natural seasonal elements such as acorns or pine cones as name place holders works well too. You could also create a magical wishing-tree table plan decorated with twinkling fairylights and hanging clear glass holders with LED tea lights. Why not theme your tables around the season too? You can have some fun with this and think about special objects or items as table names to get your guests talking about the finer details of your wedding. The important thing is to make an impact so guests notice the season and festive vibe without being too obvious.

The midas touch

The midas touch

Q. What type of cake would you suggest to complement a winter wedding theme?

A. Emma Thorburn says: The trends for bold colour, metallics and texture have never been hotter for winter weddings. We love creatively tinted textured buttercream and gold leaf smudges or gold splashes against a rich plum or dark denim-blue buttercream. Chocolate waves, shards and shapes are very popular as toppers and contrast also plays a big part this season.

On the flip side we have neutrals, always a big part of natural understated weddings. Pimped up with a gold glitter ball and visually interesting fruits of the season your guests will have a centrepiece to flock to. We hand-finish all our cakes and include elements of the decoration on the table, artistically framing it to create a place for your cake to shine.

Caught on camera

Caught on camera

Q. Although we'd love to capture our big day on film, because we're getting married in the winter and it gets dark so quickly, we're worried there might not be the same range of footage available compared to a summer wedding. What would you advise?

A. Mike Savory says: Personally, I love winter weddings but it does take a little more planning to make sure you have time in the schedule for excellent photos and video. Making sure you have a videographer and photographer that work well together helps to ensure you capture all the important moments and saves time. Also talk to your videographer about timings, an earlier ceremony is a good idea as it does give you a little more scope but even if you go for a later slot, there's always plenty of options. Sunset is always a magical time for special shots and even in the winter we get some great sunsets.

I also carry lighting which gives options for creative night scenes, sparklers and smoke bombs can be good fun and create wow-factor too.

So don't worry, winter is definitely an excellent opportunity to have a killer wedding film made. Just because it gets dark earlier doesn't have to deny you the chance to relive your wedding day time and time again!