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Hot topic: Winter weddings

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Let it snow

Let it snow

Q. I've just started planning our extravagant Christmas-themed wedding, and I'm feeling extremely overwhelmed! I'm not sure where to start or what I should be looking for. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Bethan Davies says: Planning a wedding is one of the biggest things you'll ever have to do, so it's only natural that you're feeling overwhelmed!

Start with your guest list. Create a rough number for throughout the day. This will help you work out your finances and draw up a budget plan.

Use Pinterest to search for inspiration, and create moodboards to show your suppliers.

Do your research and compare vendors. Arrange consultations to help you see which ones you click with the most. Don't commit on the first meeting. Tell them you'll be in touch so you have time to reflect and compare.

Sign up for a free wedding planner timeline to help get yourself organised.

Invest in wintry accessories to keep both you and your bridesmaids warm.

Velvet blazers are on-trend and will keep the groomsmen nice and toasty.

Factor in extra travel time in case there's bad weather.

Moisturise in the lead-up to your wedding to avoid dry skin and chapped lips.

Ask the venue whether there's a cloakroom or someone in charge of taking coats, as no one wants their coat hanging over the back of a beautifully decorated chair.

If you're still feeling stressed, you could consider hiring a wedding planner. This way, you can relax in the knowledge your vision is being taken care of, and they'll ensure no detail is overlooked.

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Q. We're getting married this Christmas and want to decorate our venue with festive elements without going overboard. Do you have any suggestions of how we can incorporate our theme into our big day?

A. Katrina Rohman says: Here are my top tips:

Opt for icy blues or berry reds. These will add a touch of wintry romance to your décor.

The majority of venues will set up their festive decorations in November. When you talk to your wedding coordinator, ask whether they put the same decorations up every year or if they have a particular theme in mind. You can then use the venue's colour scheme as inspiration.

Incorporate baubles into your décor. These can be used in your bouquet, centrepieces or even as name-holders.

If you want to stick to a more low key woodland theme, then think of natural elements. If you're creative, you could collect pinecones and incorporate them into your centrepieces. Alternatively, speak to your florist about using ivy, holly or mistletoe.

Don't forget to tie in the season to other aspects of your day. Consider serving mulled wine or cider for the drinks reception or setting up a hot chocolate station.

Festive chic

Q. We're having a winter wedding, and I want to incorporate the season into my bouquet and venue décor. Do you have any suggestions of what I should look for?

A. Laura Bowyer Sansom says: Here are my top tips:

Opt for rich reds or white and silver.

If you decide on a red colour scheme, look for large-headed Naomi roses, mixed with hypericum berries, magical Lizzy sedum, hello red helleborus, green ivy and holly.

If you've decided on a white theme, then look for double lisianthus, brassica fragrant wax flowers, ranunculus, senecio silver dust and flowing eucalyptus.

Freeze frame

Freeze frame

Q. We've having a winter wedding and want to capture some festive images but we're not sure what style of photography to choose. Do you have any suggestions?

A. James Matthews says: In the early days of wedding photography there were very few options to choose from. Technology has since evolved creating new styles and as a result some couples are feeling confused and overwhelmed.

One of the most important decisions you'll make is deciding on your preferred style. Festive images generally look best in the more traditional and posed style.

Traditional photographers concentrate most of their efforts on portraits and very rarely capture candid moments. They will direct you and your partner to ensure you get all of the shots you want.

If the idea of posing for long periods of time isn't for you then look for a documentary style photographer.

Wedding worries

Q. We've just started planning our big day, and I'm slightly confused about what a wedding celebrant does! Can you help?

A. Jane Grayer says: As a celebrant, it's my job to create and conduct ceremonies and vow renewals. Couples often hire a celebrant when they want a personalised ceremony that reflects them.

My ceremonies focus on the lovebirds without being constrained by religion or legal restrictions. It can incorporate readings, music or even poetry.

Newlyweds choose to have a celebrant for a variety of reasons. Some want an alternative ceremony, while others want to tie the knot in an unlicensed venue.

When you start looking for a venue, it's a good time to think about the ceremony itself. What do you want it to be? What do you want it to say about you? What do you want to say to each other? The vows you exchange form the bedrock of your marriage, and the commitments you make will affect your relationship for years to come. Talk to a celebrant. They will help you create your own vows and ensure it includes the details that are important to you.

Choosing the right supplier is extremely important. Meet them beforehand. Make sure they share the same vision and that you get on well.

A lot of couples want to do something a bit different for their big day, but they're not sure what options are available. A celebrant will provide lots of ideas, from hand-fasting to a unity sand ceremony. If you're looking for something specific, make sure you take the time to research suppliers, as some celebrants specialise in themes.

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