Winter Wonders

Now, I may be biased. Jonny and I have just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and took a romantic stroll around Dunham Massey; surrounded by frosty leaves and the cool, crisp air. I have to say that the romance and cosiness of winter is hard to beat, which is why it’s such as popular time for weddings.

If you’re dreaming of crackling log fires, twinkling lights and a fluttering of snow, here’s a little bit of inspiration and a rundown of our top 5 style tips for your winter wedding.

  1. Sleeves (in all shapes and forms!)

Pretty lace-adorned sleeves or sheer sleeves with delicate crystal detailing not only add glamour but give that little bit of extra coverage to keep the chill at bay. A style particularly suited to winter, dramatically showcasing the décolletage when teamed with an off-the-shoulder style or plunging neckline.  For a more vintage and bohemian vibe, opt for a higher neckline and a loose, tumbling hairstyle. Or for pure drama, check out the long fluted sleeves on this Sassi Holford gown (far right: as featured in The Wedding Edit 2017).

  1. Jackets/coverups and capes

A hot trend for 2018, the jacket. Whether that’s an uber-cool white biker, a smart tailored suit or a demure silk bolero, this is one look that will give your dress the edge and is oh-so practical and therefore, oh-so essential!

Alternatively, opt for an elegant cape which gracefully covers the shoulders and softens your whole look. We love the Enzoani caped ‘Ginger’ gown which Becky chose for her wedding at Upper House at Hayfield (top left). And, our brides continue to be wowed by Savannah Miller’s ‘Marlowe’ floor-length cape (top right), which adds instant drama and elegance to your bridal look. It can be styled over pretty much any of Savannah’s gowns to manage the transition between daytime and evening and offers a great alternative to the veil.

  1. Faux fur

The stuff of every girl’s dreams, a faux-fur cape. These luxe shawls pair perfectly with strapless wedding dresses and add an air of Hollywood glamour, especially when pinned with an antique brooch. Check out our LOVE bride Linzi who stole the show with her feathery number from Terry Fox and the fairytale, downy fur cape from our Sasso Bridal Accessories collection.

4. Uber long trains and overskirts

The joys of cold weather means there’s every excuse for sumptuous fabric and endless yards of organza, lace, or tulle.  Layer up with full overskirts or go all-out with a mesmerising train that goes on for miles.  The new 2018 Enzoani collection is full of complete show-stopper trains which completely wowed our guests at our recent Wedding Edit, with audible gasps in the audience. Our LOVE bride Rachel, showed this train off to magnificent effect!

5. Shimmer & Sparkle

Sparkle and crystal embellishments are a winter wedding essential.  Whether diamanté beading on your gown, statement shimmering adornments or a hint of bling in your accessories, sparkle mimics the icy glimmer of the season and looks sensational glittering in soft candle light. We love the delicate shoulder detailing of Lauren’s Stewart Parvin gown for her wedding to Matt at Owen House Wedding Barn – just the right amount of glisten, whilst letting the silhouette steal the show.

If you’re planning a winter wedding for 2018, it’s time to get that appointment booked NOW. Forget Santa baby, you have an incredible date to prepare for…