Utilising years of event-planning expertise, La Fête, founded in 2016 by Charlotte, plans and orchestrates truly bespoke experiences with a thoroughly multicultural and cosmopolitan touch. Charlotte seamlessly translates her experience working in the fashion world into events for individuals from around the world and has put together her top 8 winter wedding trends to look out for this year.
1. Jewel Tones
Celebrate the seasonal colour palette by incorporating burgundies, bottle greens and amber tones into your big day. Don't just stop at the décor: why not opt for those colours for your bridesmaids' dresses, groomsmen's bowties, or even, in a sash on your gown?
2. Smaller, Simpler Wedding Cakes
This winter, why not go down the minimal route with your cake. It doesn't need to be huge to wow your guests - a simple tiered bake with dripped icing and dried fruit décor can be elegant and just as effective. Just make sure to have trays of cake backstage so that all your guests can enjoy.
It may at first seem basic to display your seating plan on a blackboard, but there are many options to make it look extraordinary. Think of hiring a chalkboard artist that can personalise the board with illustrations and calligraphy. You can also wrap the borders in foliage or flowers or display it on an easel, whatever you prefer.
A wedding dress no longer needs to be a dress in the traditional sense of the word. Go for separates, which will prove practical if your wedding is on a cold day. Opt for cashmere, delicate knits and even capes, in your chosen colour for both warmth and a unique flair.
5. Decorating Ceilings/Walls
One of my favourite trends is ceiling decoration. You can go beyond lanterns by hanging flowers, foliage covered hoops, antique keys, berries and moss-covered branches. This is especially effective in marquees but be careful with ceiling heights, you don't want to feel stifled between a busy floor and a busy ceiling.
6. Comfort Food
Make the most of the season's great culinary offerings: berry-filled pies, stews, soups, etc. If keeping guests warm is a priority, why not go for traditional options such as coq au vin, or, put a spin on a classic, such as turning a beef hotpot into a more refined dish.
7. Alcoholic Treats
Why not choose liquor-filled truffles as favours? Alcohol and chocolate go notoriously well together and make for an indulgent bite. Focus on Whiskey, Bailey's and Brandy type flavours, or if there are any varieties that are special to you as a couple. You could also have a chocolate bar during the evening, instead of a sweet bar, where guests could choose their own selection from.
8. Coffee Bars
Lounge areas at weddings are often being designed around coffee bars now, where guests can take the weight off their feet and savour a hot drink: perfect for the season. If coffee is not your thing, why not go for a tea bar instead or a hot chocolate bar?
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