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Hot topic: Winter weddings

From weather worries to festive decorations, our experts solve your big-day dilemmas

Gather around the tree

Gather around the tree


Q. My husband-to-be and I are really stuck for inspiration for our festive centrepieces. Do you have any ideas?


A. Rachel Goldsack says: I suggest you go for something that gives your reception the wow factor. How about hiring manzanita trees which can be decorated with blooms or fairylights? They look fab on display and are bound to become a talking point. Alternatively, you could opt for a wreath with a candle in the middle.


Apt for the season

Apt for the season


Q. My fiancé and I are planning a winter themed wedding. How can we incorporate it into our cake?


A. Floriana Reynolds says: A pastel blue creation decorated with sugared snowflakes drifting across the top would look fab. For subtle sparkle, you could use edible crystals to partially cover the cake and add a finishing touch with ribbon and a silver and diamanté brooch to give it a beautiful, elegant look. A word of warning though: avoid red, green and gold as it may end up looking more festive than wintry.


'Tis the season

'Tis the season


Q. I love Christmas and my hubby-to-be and I want our wedding celebrations to reflect the season without it looking like Santa's grotto. How can I style our day to create a look that's not only chic and contemporary, but has a festive feel too?


A. Sabrina Cohen says: There are many ways you can make your day Christmassy, without it looking chintzy. For example, acorns make a wonderful winter decoration, and can be sprayed with gold or silver glitter for a touch of sparkle. Alternatively, you could attach name tags to small acorns for your place settings. You could also wrap your favours up to make them look like Christmas presents. In terms of colour schemes, red and white are classic hues to opt for.

A bouquet of roses and foliage makes great arm candy, while your florist will also be able to advise you on fabulous festive centrepieces for your tables.


Snow is falling

Snow is falling


Q. My wedding date is set for January, 2015 but I'm concerned my guests and suppliers may get stuck if it snows. Is there anything I can do to ease my worries?


A. Sabrina Cohen says: Unfortunately the weather is out of our control – much to the dismay of many couples! However, there are preventative measures you can put in place. Ask your close wedding party to arrive a day early to allow plenty of time to solve any weather-related dilemmas. Liaise with your suppliers two days before your nuptials to make sure they're prepared in case there's a sudden flurry of snow.


When the lights go out

When the lights go out


Q. My husband-to-be and I are getting married in February but we're worried the winter light may restrict the amount of time we have for outdoor and formal photographs. Do you have any advice?


A. Rebecca Douglas says: Whichever time of year you marry, there will always be plenty of photo opportunities inside and out. Remember though, it's vital that you feel confident with your photographer's approach and the shots they have in mind. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, your photographer should be able to work around it. For example, I took this shot in the rain in pitch black but it's a beautiful, romantic image that I'm really proud of.


Contact our experts...


Floriana Reynolds, Cake maker


Floriana Reynolds

Cake maker


Rachel Goldsack, Florist


Rachel Goldsack



Rebecca Douglas, Photographer


Rebecca Douglas



Sabrina Cohen, Wedding planner


Sabrina Cohen

Wedding planner


This week, the editor loves...

this map table plan by Maps International. Couples who have the travel bug can incorporate their love into their wedding with this design. Each table is named after a country you've visited together or have yet to explore. Priced £36, buy from www.maps

Francesca Lee
Francesca Lee, Editor of Your Kent Wedding magazine

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