How to throw a stylish winter wedding

Guest Blog by Ali Lovett from Union

Wedding planner Ali of Union says the winter months are becoming an increasingly popular choice for modern couples looking to do things a little differently: “It’s not about following traditions or trends at this time of year, but instead creating an inviting and intimate environment for your guests. Not sure where to start? Here’s a few ideas we’re loving at Union HQ…

1. Choose a rough luxe location

From chapel ruins and rundown warehouses to derelict barns and muddy fields, positively scruffy venues can make for the most stunning winter wedding locations. It’s all about getting the right styling and the right atmosphere though…embrace the fact it’s going to get dark early and dress it with plenty of romantic candlelight.

2. Tactile textures

Layering up natural materials is an easy way to create a cosy yet luxe vibe. Dress dark wood tables with eucalyptus or pine (they smell great too!) and a thistle at each place setting. Finish the look with soft velvet ribbon and decadent faux fur rugs draped over benches.
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3. Add a flower crown

We’re not talking weedy bands of gypsophilia wrapped around the ringlets of uncomfortable-looking bridesmaids, we’re talking about full-on Frida Kahlo style headdresses blooming with a bold mix of jewel-toned flowers and evergreen foliage. It’s not a look every bride can pull off…but who wants to look like every other bride?
Photo by Ellie Gillard

4. Glitterbomb Glamour

Sure there’s a place for subtlety but if you’re more fun and fabulous than flawless and fashionable, don’t let anyone tell you to rein it in on your wedding day. Our clients Hollie & Luke certainly didn’t. From sequinned table runners and endless fairy lights to confetti canons and metallic lace, their November wedding was a sparkling discoball of a do their guests will never forget.
Photo by Ellie Gillard

5. Wearing Trousers

These days, it doesn’t matter if you’re just not a wedding dress kinda gal. Leave the meringues on the racks - a pair of trews might prove a more practical option in the colder months. Go for a disco vibe in a dancefloor-friendly wide legged jumpsuit like our gorgeous bride Anais (pictured) or add a touch of androgynous sex appeal with a slick white trouser suit a la Bianca Jagger. It will be cold so accessories are important - a faux fur stole, chic cape or even a long-sleeved dress are good options.”
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