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Local experts on winter weddings
Q. We'd love to have our winter wedding captured on film, so we can enjoy all the special moments again in the years to come. With shorter daylight hours and more chance of dark, gloomy skies, we're not sure if we'll get great footage though.
A. Matt Hampton says: Matt says: A wedding at this time of year can be amazing and give you the wonderful day you've always dreamed of. I should know, I got married at the end of November a few years ago and neither of us regret our choice! Here are some of my top winter tips that I've learnt from personal and professional experience filming weddings over the past 18 years.
❤ COLOURS Take into account the colours of the season and how you can complement them. Even if it's bleak outside you can add pizzazz to your wedding with colourful accessories and fun props such as bright umbrellas or seasonal outdoor lights. There are plenty of amazing shots to be had if you embrace the moment, whatever the weather.
❤ TIMINGS This is a key factor and I always advise getting married around midday, especially if it's a church wedding. The sun is likely to be setting around 4pm so ideally, any group filming or activities need to be finished half an hour before then. Although the sun sets earlier, it can be used to advantage to capture beautiful atmospheric shots using outside lighting.
❤ PREPARATION When filming outdoor portraits it's best to be prepared with a cosy blanket, hand warmers and some tissues, in case of winter sniffles. Keeping warm can make all the difference and how much fun you're having will always shine through in the final film and photos.
❤ ACTIVITIES Keeping your guests entertained with fun activities will give your videographer some lovely shots for your wedding film. The more smiles and laughter you can create the better!
❤ A FESTIVE SHOW You've created lovely warm festive shots with everyone enjoying themselves, now it's time to bring on the wow factor with sparklers and fireworks! This is where you get one over on summer weddings, as it gets dark so much earlier giving you plenty of opportunity to plan a display and get some great footage.
❤ DON'T FORGET Check your videographer's credentials, an experienced professional should be used to filming in the winter and will know that batteries run out much faster in cold conditions! The last thing you want is to miss a key moment because of a flat battery!
Q. We're planning to have a winter wedding next year because it's our favourite time of year. What should I wear that's not only on trend, but will keep me warm too?
A. Carina says: Carina says: You really can't go wrong with a sleeve, they add a touch of elegance, sophistication and warmth too, perfect for a winter wedding. If they're not for you though a bolero in lace, satin or mikado silk will keep you toasty for the ceremony and you can take it off for the reception giving you two different looks.
Silk is a natural breathable fabric which keeps you snug and looks gorgeous. Mikado and satins work beautifully in winter, shimmering in the frosty weather and reflecting the low winter sun. They're heavy enough to keep their shape and keep you warm too. Also if ever an excuse was needed to wear a feminine feather or faux fur jacket, a winter wedding is it! Don't forget your shoes either. There are so many styles to choose from but a block heel is safer than a stiletto on slippery ground and is very on trend.
Q. We want our wedding breakfast to reflect the season with lots of hearty dishes that are healthy too and cater for all our guests. What would you suggest?
A. Sally Pickles says: Sally says: Winter is the time when we look to comforting, warming food, but that doesn't have to mean it's not healthy. With continued demand for vegan and vegetarian options, wonderful dishes such as butternut, lentil and kale Wellington, fondant potato, honey parsnips, thyme carrots, shredded sprouts, celeriac and vegetarian gravy can all be included. Chicken Wellington is also proving a big hit as people increasingly try and avoid eating too much red meat.
It's the time of year when desserts come into their own too. You can't beat a sticky toffee pudding or even a winter warming trifle with a dash of amaretto or sherry.
Q. I'm getting married just before Christmas, how can I add extra sparkle to my bridal look?
A. Adel Tchavdorova says: Adel says: The festive season is all about the sparkle and embracing the time of year offers some lovely options for brides when it comes to their wedding jewellery. It's important to make choices to complement your style of dress, for example, if you're wearing a less traditional dress, more contemporary jewellery will work well. If you've chosen a theme, look for specific pieces to reflect it. For example, snowflake jewellery from Swarovski is ideal for a winter wedding. Here are a few more ideas to add some extra glitz:
❤ Cluster and pavé diamonds are very delicate but still have sparkle and suit most brides.
❤ If you're not used to wearing a lot of jewellery, opt for something dainty with a delicate chain but with enough glitz to shine. Small diamond initial pendants are subtle yet beautiful and can be worn together with your partner's initial or on a separate chain for a layered effect.
❤ Floral designs go really well with lace detailing.
❤ Don't be afraid to add colour to your jewellery to complement the tone of your dress. Aquamarine or blue topaz are gorgeous; great for an icy theme.
❤ If you're wearing individual pieces they don't need to be a matching set. Different earrings and necklaces can complement each other and really stand out to make a statement.