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Wonderful winter weddings: a how to for couples who have postponed their summer do

Our hearts go out to all the wonderful couples who have had to delay their weddings due to the coronavirus crisis. We know how heartbreaking it will have been to see your plans fall apart in the blink of an eye.

However, if you're suddenly faced with starting the planning again, take heart; there's much that can be done from home during lockdown. A different season brings not only new challenges but also opportunities to explore a new slant on your designs. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy your engagement and to refine those finer details.

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Make a start - It's likely that the majority of your planning stands, although you'll need to contact your venue and suppliers to move the date. It's also worth contacting your venue and photographer to ask about potential locations for photography - given that you may not be able to have your photos taken outside. For those planning marquee weddings, it may still be possible to go ahead in the cooler months - your marquee company will be able to advise on this and other practicalities you'll need to consider, such as heating and wet weather contingencies.
 
 Styling & colours  - Summer weddings often feature pastels and lighter colour palettes - you may consider deepening the hues from pinks and peaches to warmer reds and orange tones.Adding candles to your setting will create a warm welcoming ambience and has the added benefit of introducing wonderful aromas into the space if you choose scented versions.
 
 Flowers  - We asked expert wedding florists, Pinstripes & Peonies to share their insight. "Changing seasons may affect your selection of specific blooms but this doesn't mean you have to compromise on everything. Your florist can replicate your original designs as much as possible within seasonal constraints. This will mean adapting the exact flowers but you should be able to retain the same colour palette if you wish to do so.If you're a big fan of peonies, as so many brides are, sadly these won't be available. But, all is not lost, incredible flowers like Café Au Lait dahlias can take the place of their spring counterpart. Or, why not embrace the change? If you are getting married in the September-October season, make a splash with warm oranges and yellows, bringing colour and a seasonal vibrancy to your day. If you're getting married in the deep mid-winter, your arrangements don't have to feel 'Christmassy'. Leave pine for your door wreaths and use foliage such as lichen, rosemary, hellebores and catkins."
 
Food & drink - Your caterer will be able to advise on the best way to translate your spring/summer menu into an autumn/winter version. You could consider a fun cocktail or hot toddy to welcome guests to the reception alongside warm canapés such as scallop and bacon, sherry caramel and borlotti bean; mushroom Royale, chargrilled tender stem purée; or short-rib beef katsu puff, leek mayonnaise.
 
For the wedding breakfast, you could opt for a hot starter such as cured venison and molasses, blackcurrant ketchup, watercress pannacotta, toasted hazelnuts or shallot tatin, goats' curd, pickled blueberries and Douglas pine; a more hearty main course such as roast cannon of lamb, sweet and sour red cabbage, chickpea and apricot panise, smoked buttermilk; or pot roast parsnip, parsnip bhaji, salted yoghurt, parsnip daahl; and a more indulgent winter dessert such as pistachio and lemon cake, hot chocolate mousse and sour cream or The Chocolate Bar - 72% Valrhona chocolate curd, black cherry pate de fruit, dulce chocolate aero, olive oil mandarin biscuit, gold smoked salt, kirsch and amarena cherry ganache with chocolate and black cherry ice cream.
 
Decadent late night snacks are likely to be even more welcome in cooler climes, which could be paired with a more punchy hard-liquor based cocktail.
 
Logistics - It may be worth pushing the timings back a little, given that your reception is likely to be held inside. Providing some blankets/wraps for guests who may feel the cold as the evening continues is a lovely touch. It may also be prudent to ensure there are some spare umbrellas available in case of rain.How are your guests travelling between venues? You may wish to provide transport for them as the weather will be cooler/wetter – a traditional Routemaster bus is a fun way to keep everyone together.
 
Connecting with loved ones - Ask your stationer to create an updated invitation/save the date for your guests, which could be sent by email or post. Perhaps you could plan for guests to receive the new invitation on the original date?Inevitably, you're likely to feel a pang of sadness on the date of your original wedding. Remember that celebrating with your loved ones is a central part of any wedding - arrange a video call on the day in question and raise a toast to them instead!
 
For more advice, call the Blue Strawberry team on 020 7733 3151 or at hello@bluestrawberry-tabletalk.co.uk

 
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