an alternative winter wedding

Although the past few days we’ve had some glorious sunshine it’s hard to forget that we are now in the month of October and the flurry of winter weddings are soon to commence. If you’ve opted for the festive time of year to get married, rather than the most popular summer season, I’m sure you’ve thought about having a Christmas theme: lots of crimson reds, bauble decorations, evergreen wreaths and glittery snowflakes. But just because you’re getting married later in the year does not mean it should limit your wedding theme possibilities. So rather than creating a Santa’s Grotto (don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas!), why not opt for a different colour scheme? Purple is very on trend this year, and with so many tones to choose from, it’s actually an ideal colour for all year round. Opt for a darker colour like warm plum and pair it with celebratory gold to add a bit of the festive factor for your winter wedding style.

Even though you’re leaning away from the typical winter theme, I’m sure you don’t want to leave the cosy ambience and festive spirit behind. For an instant jet of warmth spread these Purple Table Runners over the tables and for a bit of fun, place a Sumptuous Gold Fill Your Own Cracker at each setting. Continue the colour theme with these Hand Painted Champagne Flutes in the gold fizz style and serve with blackberries rather than the traditional strawberries. Decorate the tables with small tea lights for a magical effect. I love these delicate Lustre Porcelain Tea Light Holders in gold by Carys Boyle Ceramics, and these Purple Mercury Glass Lined Votives by Charlotte Supple Interiors. For a traditional twist on favours, these Monogrammed Velvet Hearts are beautifully personalised and your guests can then later hang them on their Christmas tree at home. To keep the munchies at bay during the speeches, have a Set Of Three Gold Ramekins at each table filled with nibbles like miniature Cadbury’s bars (it keeps with the colour theme after all!),or a collection of baked goods in amethyst/nightclub purple Indulgence Laser Cut Cupcake Wraps.

Complete each table by displaying your table names/numbers in Vermeil Ornate Gold Photo Frames by BeGolden and why not use Plantable Place Mats Christmas to liven up each setting which your guests can then take home? And for a final touch to make the head table stand out, you could display these LOVE Letter Blocks by Velvet Brown or each of your initials with these Wooden Letters Decadent Range in pure gold by letters etc.

And don’t stop at the venue decorations; make sure all the wedding party are dressed the part too. It can be a bit tricky finding a bridesmaid dress that suits all your lovely friends but In One Clothing has created the perfect solution. Their purple Multiway Knee Length Dress can be worn in fourteen different ways, from a halter neck to knot capped sleeves, allowing each of your bridesmaid to pick a style that they love. Alternatively, this Minnie Dress by Silk & Sawdust is a flattering option and it matches the purple and gold theme perfectly. Don’t forget it can get a bit cold in the winter months so to ensure your bridesmaids don’t catch a chill, have them wrap a Shawl Embellished with Sequins around their shoulders or wear this 100% cashmere Three Quarter Sleeve Bolero for a bit of glamour. There’s not many men I know who would happily wear purple but these luxurious Silk Velvet Cufflinks by Joanna Parkin or Polished Steel Oval Thumb Print Shape Cufflinks by Sonia Spencer England are so stylish they will brighten up any groomsmen attire.