Ideas for Winter Weddings

While Australia isn’t known for snowy, the winters here are delightfully cool and with a slight nudge you can turn a wedding into a glittering wonderland experience, or maybe a cosy fireside gathering.

The best thing about marrying in the winter is that it’s cool rather than cold and with most weddings taking place in the spring and summer, your guests and attendants will thank you for ever. No fainting bridesmaids, no sunburned shoulders, no – ahem – “tired and emotional” mothers for whom Bucks Fizz and 40C temperatures don’t mix…

In addition to this, your flowers – and your bridesmaids – won’t wilt and everyone will stay fresh and gorgeous all day. Make-up won’t run and you’ll get to wear a touch of fur, or even wool, and sip whiskey and eat roast lamb beside a log fire.

Dress code monochrome
Well, not entirely. There’s silver and white, black and white, white with a splash of red or green. If you’re feeling especially frosty, try shimmering greys and icy blues instead.

Your flowers
We’ve already mentioned how well flowers stay fresh in the cooler months and this gives you a great excuse to be bold with your blooms. Try roses, orchids, lilies, holly, star of Bethlehem, eucalypts and even pine cones and pine branches.

Your dresses
Faux fur and velvet are the fabrics of choice. Your bridesmaids can wear cashmere shrugs while you wear a fur-lined cape, or you can all wear tailored jackets and cosy hats for a “War and Peace” touch.

Décor and table centrepieces
Depending on the rest of your colour scheme, you can opt for more white and silver, complete with tall candles, mirrors and lillies, or go darker with pine needles and cones and poinsettias. Tea lights set on a bed of dark leaves looks simple, rustic but elegant.

The food
Hearty and filling – lamb shanks, roast beef, lots of winter vegetables, followed by hot puddings. Drinks-wise you’re looking at eggnog, Bailey’s or mulled wine.