As promised, this week I have the pleasure of providing you with some winter wedding tips and ideas from Christine Ligthart, Creative Director/Founder of the I Do Crew and Director of Education at the Australian Academy of Wedding and Event Planning.
- What are your three key tips for planning a winter wedding?
If possible, choose a venue that can host both the reception and ceremony. This will help guests stay warm and feel comfortable throughout your wedding, as it avoids the need to move between venues. Also check on the availability of heating at your venue.
Incorporate ‘winter warmers’ into your wedding, such as ‘wintry cocktails’. A basket of blankets for guests is a nice touch, especially if there is an outdoor element to your wedding.
Your flower of choice may not be available during winter and if it is, it is likely to be more expensive. My tip is to talk to your florist about what is available and embrace the season in your styling.
- Is there a insider planning and/or stylist tip that comes in handy for a winter wedding that you could share?
Lighting! During winter the days are shorter and darker. You can use this to your advantage by incorporating lighting into your styling; candles are a beautiful edition to a winter wedding. But limited natural light can affect more than just the ambience, it can impact on the quality of your photos. For this reason you may want to hold your wedding earlier in the day, especially if you want any outdoor shots. My tip is to talk to your photographer about the impact of the weather on photos and the venue/stylist about options for creating a gorgeous glow for your wedding.
- What do you think is a key focal point that could be utilised for a winter wedding and that can be a real impressive point of difference to a spring/summer wedding?
For me it’s all about embracing the season and a beautiful way to do this is to create intimate zones within your venue. Fill these cosy spots with wintry features like Woollen blankets, wraps, scented candles and even Wellies and umbrellas for those who want to head outside and enjoy the season. Use heaters, but if your venue has a fireplace, you have the ideal feature element.
4.What is your favourite colour palette for a winter wedding?
Berry tones and Blush featuring lots of greenery.
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For Part 1 of my winter wedding planning ideas please click here