Here at Cwtch the Bride the majority of the weddings we have worked on take place in the spring and summer; but oh boy do we love a winter wedding. There are few looks as sophisticated as pale blues and crisp whites. Take a little look at this round up of ideas to inspire any of you winter brides…
Happy new year, everyone :D Regular contributor Verity from Blush Floral Art is back on the blog to kick off 2014 with a gorgeous post on winter blooms. We know a lot of you have picked winter as your wedding season, so here’s so inspiration for how to style your bouquet! :)
Baby its cold outside. . .Flowers inspired by the season
It’s that time of year to cuddle up and get cosy, so grab your blanket and a mug of tea and settle in to read some tips on florals for winter weddings! The best way to go is to celebrate the best of the season and enhance the mood with the flowers you choose, from rich and dramatic or cool whites and ivory to silvery winter wonderland sparkly, the winter season can offer heaps to inspire brides.
Dreaming of a white Christmas. . .
We’ve chosen some wintry white ideas to inspire your floral decor for your wintery weddings…
Wintery whites conjure up icy winter mornings – this could suit a rustic theme with frosted twigs and berries, or you could try amping up the glamorous winter sparkle with a touch of glittery frost inspired decor. Pair flowers which are easily available in winter like roses, frilly carnations, the first of the white narcissi from the Isles of Scilly, berries, moss and snowflake-like baby’s breath with gorgeous accessories like pearls or crystal to enhance up the ‘frosted effect’.
Cerrianne’s Winter Wonderland wedding theme
The table plan featured a white glittery bitch tree hung with handcrafted welsh birch hearts trimmed with pinecones guinea fowl feathers and ‘snow’. The birch was a running them with the buttonholes doubling as keepsakes and flower girls carrying tiny decorated birch hearts.
The wintry bouquet included icy white amaryllis a dramatic trumpet shaped flower (in season during the winter months). It also had white roses, white anemones, silver brunia, pinecones and tiny sprigs of birch, as well as silvery moss to create a full textured shape with a glamorous feel.
Lighting and flower arrangements can also help to create atmosphere. Cerianne’s glamourous winter theme featured centrepieces of lit silvered branches of birch, more moss and pine cones for a twinkly woodland effect and tables also featured tiny candle votives and smaller low flower arrangements around the base of the main arrangement.
We’ve got a fantastic treat today – the fabulous Ashley from With Love From Bobbin has put together a series of winter looks for you all, showing how easy it is to style your wedding dresses in a bunch of different ways! :)
Helloooooooo (said in distinct Scottish accent) I am Ashley, owner and designer at With Love From Bobbin, the humble abode of lovingly handmade accessories. I enjoy sewing to the sound of crackly vinyl, antique lace with paper thin silk, reading old novels, and collecting ‘trinkets’ with stories attached (not in a crazy-old-lady-with-too-many-cats sort of way).
With Love From Bobbin was born of a fusion between my experience in London, working for brands like Coast, and a serious obsession with the words Adorn, Decorate and Embellish. Now based in Cardiff and still designing part-time in London, I am constantly on the look out for new trends, so here’s some little pearls of wisdom from me to you on how to make the most of your accessories for the big day :)
Just because you’re planning a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to exclude colour – pastels, lace and flowers bring a delicate touch to the look. This is a theme you can really have some fun with – bring out your quirky side! :)
A simple flower crown adds a bohemian touch to any dress. You can use a trusted florist like Forbesfield Flowers who will be sure to get the look you want.
Alex Monroe’s range of jewellery lends itself well to the theme – who wouldn’t love this necklace of flowers, leaves and swallows (£210)
Something blue? These Irregular Choice shoes are perfect for the bride who wants something a little different on the day (£80)
Wear these ankle socks (Topshop £3.50) for a pretty excuse to add frills!
Finally – a garter doesn’t need to be satin bound with a bow – a lace and pearl cluster is far daintier (With Love from Bobbin, from £30)
Look 2: Gold Luxe
Let the Hollywood starlets of the 50’s become your muse for this look.
Long satin gloves are great for winter, and who doesn’t relish the opportunity to feel like a silver screen goddess? These vintage ones are from a selection at Hubbard’s Cupboard (from £25)
Add drama to your look using mountains of pearls – spend time collecting various sizes and lengths. This is a great chance to ‘borrow’ from Mum, Grandmothers, Aunties and mix these with vintage shop finds – one trip to Cardiff Fashion Quarter should do it.
Statement earrings can be found on the High street – these beauties are from ASOS and a bargain at £6.
You will definitely want to wear these Gold Caged Dune shoes again, £65 well spent.
Vintage brooches make great bouquet charms, use them to pull your look together. Ears and Whiskers have a great selection from £8.
Mixing old and new elements is the key to this look – I love working on bespoke hair combs that use pieces of jewellery from the bride-to-be, from With Love From Bobbin (from £70)
Look 3: Contemporary Deco
With Downton Abbey back on our screens there is plenty of inspiration for this look.
Mixing Gold and silver elements is daring and fashion forward, making the look more contemporary.
A faux fur stole is a must for a winter Deco wedding. Fortunately, Hubbards Cupboard have a vintage range available (from £25), alternatively pick up a designer one to hire (from £25) at To Have and to Hire.
Freed of London are a ballroom dance wear shop established in the 1920’s and they still sell the same designs as back then. There will be no chance of tired feet after wearing these gold shoes (£67)
Searching online for vintage accessories can be time consuming, so heres a tip… Penny Dreadfull have a great range of vintage wares – I am in love with this 1920’s silk embellished purse (£40). If you would prefer to browse for something similar then Jacobs Antiques is the place to go for authentic antique accessories and jewellery.
Your crowning glory will be this beautiful nod to the cliché 20’s headband, a beautiful draped pearl comb by Tallulah’s Trinkets (£145)
So what do you think – are you planning a winter wedding? What style would you choose if you were? :)
Claire & Craig had a winter wonderland wedding at Peterstone Court on the 8th December 2012. Marc Smith was on hand to capture the details :)
How would you describe your wedding theme? From the moment we decided on a Christmas wedding I knew the theme: elegant, romantic with a sprinkle of sparkle and whites and silvers with candle light. Not only would the 8th December be our wedding day but also Craig’s 30th Birthday. A big weekend of celebrations! I wanted it to be filled with personal touches and class. I thought the silver and white complemented each other perfectly.
What was your favourite part of your wedding? Trying to decide on a favourite part from our wedding day is a hard question! Every single part was my favourite :) From the moment of waking up I tried to fully take in every moment. Having planned every single detail I would have to say seeing the emotion on Craig’s face as I walked down the aisle and the beautiful speech he gave would have to be right at the top of my list :) The only two things I could never have planned turned into my favourites…
I will always remember sitting in my chair on the top table and looking down the room at all our family and friends eating and drinking with happy smiles, the room looking beautiful in candlelight and just thinking to myself “take this all in, this is perfect” :)
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? Growing up as a single child I have been lucky enough to find wonderful friends to share all my moments with…this is the reason I decided on bridesmaids with a twist! Thirteen of my closest girls along with Craig’s sister wore beautiful dresses all picked by them in different shades of silver and all knee length. A risky idea but it turned out perfectly! My maid of honour Kimberly wore an elegant dress that fell to the floor. I also made sure none of the girls saw each others dresses until the big day :) This added so much fun to what was already an exciting morning. Craig picked his brother Dale and close friend Lance to be best men and our son Brody as his best boy, along with four ushers. We are both very lucky to have such amazing friends who really helped us with anything we needed.
Why did you choose your venue? From the moment I arrived at Peterstone Court I knew it was the one. It was December and the Christmas decorations were just the icing on the cake, it was decorated perfectly with so much class and warmth. The ball room blew me away – white walls, beautiful mirrors and full of light – exactly what I had been looking for! It just got better as we looked around all the rooms where our guests would stay, we didn’t look anywhere else as we knew this was the one. On the weekend of our wedding we stayed the night before with all our nearest and dearest and it just added to what was a perfect wedding :)
The staff was all fabulous – our day ran exactly to plan with the help of everyone at Peterstone. We had so many comments about how fantastic the food was and the beauty of the house.
How did the proposal happen? While away on holiday Craig surprised me on my birthday by writing the words “will you marry me ” on his plate with the chocolate from a chocolate fountain at a restaurant. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He ended up on one knee, and of course my answer was “YES”!
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Sadly we had lost Craig’s mother and also my grandfather in the years running up to the wedding, so it meant a lot to us both to have them in mind while planning the day. I decided to have our favourite photos of them in pretty frames on the piano.
Both the women’s and men’s favours were picked with them in mind. The women had white heart tea light holders with tags tied with a bow and the words “keep me” on them. They looked lovely and were worth every bow I tied :)
The men had a cigar as my grandfather enjoyed these often :) I loved looking for extra little details through all the planning. I-spy and cameras for the tables, inscribed cutlery by the talented Goozeberry Hill, name charms for the bridesmaids champagne glasses, a handmade Christmas decoration of Craig and I. My favourite would be our handwritten heart place names. Or maybe our sparkler arch when it became night time, the list is endless!
What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was to Chantal Kreviazuk – Feels Like Home. It’s not a common choice but the words to this song say it all – after listening to it so many times during the run up, nothing compares to the few minutes it plays on your wedding day. Craig is not a keen dancer so for him to even just sway for this song meant more than anything.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? I can honestly say there was not one thing I would change. I don’t think I could have enjoyed the two years planning any more than I did. I made sure I spent time on the day taking every moment in.
Do you have any advice for future couples? Enjoy every single second from the hen and stag do tp the planning and prepping and of course the day itself! It does fly by but the feeling is just as good as everyone tells you it will be.
The photographer and videographer are worth every penny – We’re so happy we chose Marc Smith and Orchid Films, they both provided excellent attention to detail.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? I am sure every bride has her favourite part of a wedding be it her dress, cake, food…for me it was the decoration of the room. I wanted candelabras, white flowers, personal touches and that’s what I had with the help of the talented Mairwen Mackintosh. I would also say the photographer came very high on my list. I knew the photos would be what I could always look back on. Marc Smith didn’t let me down – the effort and time he put into every shot was amazing. He really listened to all my ideas and we were over the moon with the end result – a beautiful album we will always treasure :)
MARC SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY www.marcsmithphotography.com
I love weddings, photographing such a beautiful occasion in your family’s history is magical. I think tears, laughter and love are the secret to a happy and special wedding day. I want to be with you to capture your laughter, your love and to tell your story.