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The low-down on organising a magical winter wedding

30 NOVEMBER 2010

December, January and February are without a doubt the coldest months of the year. If your wedding date is approaching, it’s likely you’ve thought about how to tackle some of the disadvantages of a winter wedding; ‘frozen’ guests, wind, rain and even snow.

Hellomagazine.com takes a look at some of the options to help you take the chill off your special day…

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• Pick the dress that you have always dreamed of, even though it may not be the warmest. Accessories such as suede shawls, feathered jackets, wool coats and pashminas will help you combat the cold as well as adding instant Hollywood glamour to your outfit.

• If you are having your wedding dress specially made, ensure your courturier makes use of the best materials for keeping the cold weather at bay, such as lace combined with silk, wool and faux-fur. Take advantage of the sales that come around in the wedding ‘low season’ to snap up some fabric bargains.

• Candles are essential for adding a touch of warmth to the occassion. Scatter them about the garden, the entrance to the church, the middle of the tables, and wherever else you think appropriate, to create a truly romantic atmosphere that will brighten up even the greyest days of winter.

• To warm up, there is nothing better than a good wedding banquet full of delicious hot dishes: a creamy mushroom risotto is a nice way to wet your guests’ appetite, followed by a fillet steak or roasted duck for main, and a carefully picked selection of liquors and coffees to finish off.

• Although it's essential to make the most of the reduced daylight hours in the winter months, remember that bad weather can mess you around - even if the weather forecast is good – causing traffic jams and general delays for your friends and family. Give your guests enough time to arrive punctually!

• Choose wedding flowers in colours that complement the weather with deep reds, winter greens, gold and white all reminiscent of that warm fuzzy Christmas feeling!

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