a sparkling winter wedding

This week the chill factor has certainly swept through the country, bringing with it high spirits for the upcoming months of winter weddings. This time of year is a great opportunity to style your wedding day to the max, not necessarily with yards of tinsel and fake snow, but with more carefully chosen decorations to spread the celebration throughout. Imagine a winter wonderland with the sophisticated edge of a diamond jewellers; elegance and festivity equally combined to create a wedding theme Jack Frost would be proud of.

Decorating the reception venue should be an enjoyable way to create the mood you wish all your guests to experience. For a shimmering Christmas inspired day there really are no limits to how much styling you can do. And a great bonus is that you can re-use all the decorations in years to come to spruce up the tree and make your home into a snug grotto. A lovely way to get the theme rolling is to hang large baubles from door frames and windows and to the back of chairs and light fittings. These Silver Bell Decorations by Velvet Brown are a gorgeous set of different sized sparkly, shiny and matt bells or these Snowflake Jingle Bells by The Chic Country Home have intricate cut out heart and snowflake details finished off with a charming red bow.

For favours, why not opt for wintery stockings as the packaging of your guests’ little treats? The Country Cottage Shop have a Scandinavian styled Snowflake Knitted Stocking which would be perfect to hang on the back of each of the chairs. It comes in a selection of colours with the charcoal and silver grey being an ideal choice for this wedding theme. Fill the stockings with personal gifts for your guests. I love the letteroom’s collection of letter products. Their Personalised Wine Bottle Stoppers would be a fun choice for your older friends and family. For the younger crowd try their Aluminium Letters and Numbers which would complement any bedroom. If you want to get a bit creative, why not try your hand at making homemade cookies with these Snowflake Cutters? Ice as you desire to make a final gift to place in the stockings.

When your guests are seated it’s always pleasing to be welcomed by a fun-styled spread. Sprinkle the tables with Christmas Confetti and Table Scatter Crystals while using bauble inspired Antique Style Namecard Holders to indicate who is seated where. These Diamante Name Cards by Chandler Invitations would be a dazzling name card option or these Letterpress Toy Soldier Christmas Tags by Biplane Press are a quirky alternative. But if you fancy getting a bit DIY, this Snowflake Cupcake Hand Carved Rubber Stamp would make a lovely touch sprinkled with glitter.

Rather than choosing flowers for your centrepieces why not opt for Silver Glass Lanterns or a Christmas Love Heart Zinc Ring Set? Both can be filled with baubles or fairy lights to create a twinkling effect. My favourites are the Eisblumen Snowflakes by Mocha, the Vintage Style Christmas Snowflake by The Contemporary Home and the Traditional Decorative Christmas Bauble by lisa angel homeware and gifts. Don’t forget to keep the chilly air at bay too. Clusters of tea lights are a romantic option, especially when you have hundreds of flickering flames dancing around the room. These Stemmed Antique Silver Glass Tealight Holders will offer a bit of height and elegance to your display while these Victorian Glass Hanging Tea Light Holders and Silver Jewel Heart Tea-Light Holders will add a charming glow.

Your wedding cake can also incorporate a bit of festive tradition, but of course with small twist. Ask your cake maker to place these lovely sterling silver Christmas Pudding Charms in your wedding cake and then inform all your guests that whoever finds a charm will win a small prize. Whether it is a solo dance with the bride or a homely batch of mince pies, it’ll be sure to be a hit amongst all your friends. Place your cake in the middle of a sweet treat display surrounded by Snowball Imperial Mints in Tall Jar and small pieces of fruit and marshmallows to be dipped into the chocolate fountain, like this Chocolate Fondue Set by Coco Målé Interiors. It can be a delicious surprise for all your sweet tooth guests to enjoy. Complete the display by hanging Snowflake Christmas Tree Decorations around the table and placing these diamante Heart Brooches in between the food for a touch of whimsical sparkle.