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Winter Weddings

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With the beautifully decorated rooms and trees, sparkle at every turn and a rich colour palette of reds, greens and golds, it is no wonder that Christmas weddings are becoming a popular choice for couples. Winter weddings have often been shied away from in the past due to weather worries but what could be more beautiful than a crisp winter morning with the frost adding a touch of sparkle to your wedding photos.

In fact, there are many benefits to holding a wedding in winter, in particular a Christmas wedding, as many venues and churches will already be gorgeously decorated, friends are in the mood to celebrate and what family doesn`t love any excuse to get together at this time of year. And incorporating lots of the natural wonder that is already around you can make your wedding look amazing.

Start with your venue. It`s more than likely that the church will already e decorated with the traditional colours that most befit the season and to complement that choose a reception venue that also like to deck the room with festive trinkets and sparkle. Don`t underestimate the draw of large fireplace dripping with candles and tinsel, it can make a beautiful backdrop for photos, or simply be a wonderful place to mingle and meet guests away from the cold weather outside.

There`s nothing worse than being chilly on your wedding day so add a dramatic twist with a sweeping red cape or cosy fur shrugs. And remember warm colours of the season can make your dress look fab too, such as a red sash around the waste or sparkly crystals on your bodice.

Flowers can be expensive this time of year, so it helps to get creative. Use flowers and foliage of the season such as festive holly with their bright red berries or romantic mistletoe so you can sneak a secret kiss or two from your new partner. For centre pieces or table decorations think about colourful arrangements of Christmas decorations in a vase, or incorporate candles to add a lovely atmosphere as the sun goes down.

When it comes to wedding stationary, your invites, table settings and name cards can also pull in the themes and colours of the season. Your invitations need to be carefully planned and it is good idea to send them out early during the festive season to avoid delays. Your invitation design needs to reflect your theme but be careful to make them stand out from the Christmas cards also being sent at this time. With all these details in place you and your partner just need to sit back and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or spiced cider to make it a day to remember.

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