A Winter Wedding Wonderland!
1st June 2012
In the movies, everyone seems to get married in Summer. But a winter wedding can be terribly glamorous and marvellously magical. With the right elements, your winter wedding will be a winter wonderland – and what better place to celebrate your winter wedding than the beautiful Maleny Montville Hinterland!?
What to Wear for Your Winter Wedding
Think about you and your sweetheart in the elegant look of vintage Hollywood; the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with "ice" – diamond or diamond-like jewellery. Many of wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless, but that's not so practical for a bride who wants to take pictures outside, or needs to walk any distance. Look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats - perhaps even a bright red cape like we recently saw at Maleny Manor! And don't forget your bridesmaids - an attractive wrap to wear on the day of your wedding and beyond makes a great bridesmaid present.
Where to Have a Winter Wedding
Look for a venue with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use or suggest. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months.
Planning the Menu
You can have all of your favourite food but add some winter touches like a warm pumpkin soup. Consider serving spiced wine, or hot chocolate (alcoholic or not!) as special treats. Look for an all-white cake, decorated with silver embellishments, or sugar sculptures. Ask your caterer about using a decorative snow globe as a cake topper
Winter Wedding Flowers
Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with rustic colours. Here are some flowers that are usually available during the Australian winter: Anemone, Anthuriums, Bird of Paradise, Bixia, Blossom, Camellia, Sim Carnation, Pixie Carnation, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Dahlia, Daphne, Delphinium, Earlicheer, Erica, Freesia, Gerbera, Heliconia, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Jasmine, Jonquil, Kale, Lilliums, Lisianthus, Australian Natives, Nerine, Phaly Orchid, Tropical Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids, Singapore Orchids, Poppy, Ranunculus, Rhododendron, Rosehip, imported Roses, Rosehip, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tropical Claws, Tulip, Violet, Wattle. Gymea Lily, LA Lily, Oriental Lily, Tiger Lily, November Lily. In season flowers will be less expensive choices, so talk to your florist, as your region may have different availability.
The Décor for Your Winter Wedding
Decorate your tables with simple white flowers, or fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches Stock up on strands of small white lights, then string them decoratively around doorways, over tables and on archways. Bright red berries in a bowl surrounding floating candles make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece. It’s always worth chatting to a quality stylist for up to the minute ideas that truly capture your theme.
An inexpensive homemade favor is a pretty tin of spiced hot chocolate or hot cocoa mix with marshmallows, or a holiday cookie cutter with a cookie recipe attached that says your names, wedding date, and "truly cut out for each other". Cute!
- Have the bride and groom travel by horse and carriage to the reception, complete with a fur throw to keep them warm of course!
- Commission an ice sculpture to decorate the reception hall
- Use a crystal (or brooch) bouquet for that extra wintery feel. As a bonus, you'll get to keep your bouquet forever.
- Greet your guests with warm coffee or hot chocolate as soon as they come in the ceremony or reception site.