September is finally here, and the Great British Heatwave has well and truly departed, which means our Autumn/Winter couples are seriously turning their attention to their final details now, and wedding planning is stepping up a notch!
When it comes to December weddings, the age old question is always 'Should I ignore Christmas or celebrate it?' And the short answer is: do what you want to do!
From Christmas tree lined aisles and turkey dinners to receptions without a trace of a yuletide theme, winter weddings bring a certain magic of their own.
Whether you entirely ignore the festive season, or basically recreate Christmas day, here are a few of Lily Houston Design's favourite elements of festive weddings. Choose a few or the whole lot and make your day perfect for you!
Glitter is fabulous at any wedding, but at winter weddings in particular, glitter looks like snow!
You can make almost anything glittery, from your dress to your shoes, and centrepieces to the cake: the options are endless!
One of our favourite glittery ideas is beaded, sequined, and altogether sparkly bridesmaids dresses. Opt for Gatsby glamour in floor length, 1920s silhouettes for added sophistication.
Food & Drink
If you want to be 100% festive, the obvious answer would be to serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings! If that doesn't float your boat on your Big Day, you can create a Christmassy vibe by serving mulled wine instead of fizz at your drinks reception, or designing festive looking cocktails for your guests!
Christmas themed wedding favours can be super cute! If your wedding is before Christmas day, how about getting each of your guests a personalised bauble to hang on their trees at home with your wedding date?
We love these baubles by Creative Creations - you can get yours via their Etsy shop here.
If you are having RED in your colour scheme, candy canes are an adorable favour! You can even bundle them in with your silverware and place settings for a sophisticated but fun touch.
Capes, cloaks, and stoles
Outdoor photos at winter weddings (especially at dusk) are just incredible. But, it will be very cold, and nobody wants goosebumps and faintly blue lips for the wedding pictures, so warmer layers are definitely in order.
Ostrich feather and Marabou capes are perfect, because they look ethereal and festive, they match everything and they are super warm!
Pro-tip: White capes and shrugs look incredible with jewel-coloured bridesmaid dresses, as well as with your bridal gown!
Log burners and fire places
The smell of wood smoke is so quintessentially English, and a roaring fire is the perfect addition to any winter wedding. Outdoor fire pits are more popular than ever at summer weddings, but for winter if you want a fire, its best enjoyed in a big, old fire place!
If you're going for extra Christmas styling, you can even hang personalised stockings along the mantelpiece.
The rich greens of holly, ivy and mistletoe make incredible centrepieces and garlands. Mix them in with your wedding flowers for your bouquets, and create crowns for flower girls from the festive sprigs, and if you're feeling super sentimental, pop a sprig of mistletoe above your ceremony spot, for your first kiss as husband and wife!
If you're planning a winter wedding, we'd love to hear from you and how festive you're planning to go! Let us know in the comments.
Love, Lily x