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Q. We'll be tying the knot on New Years Eve and want our big day to be the party of the year. How can we ensure our winter wedding has the wow factor?
A. Gareth Morris says: The key trend for wow-factor seasonal weddings this year is bringing the outside in. You want to capture the winter wonderland effect to make your big day truly magical, without going overboard.
Consider using table centrepieces of tall vases with white branches and pine cones or sprigs of holly to hold your name cards.
Go festive with your arrival drinks and favours – winter Pimm's and mini champagne bottles are a lovely addition, or punch glasses full of eggnog to get your guests in the celebratory mood. Avoid mulled wine, because Christmas will have passed, but consider Chambord royales for a merry toasting!
Colours are absolutely key. Gold and white are classy colours and offer a crisp finish for a New Year's wow-factor effect. Your guests are going to be bringing in the new year while celebrating your big day, so make sure the festivities are in full swing at the reception, especially when the clock strikes midnight!
Q. I have really pale skin which goes blue when I'm cold, and as I'm going to be a winter bride, I'm worried the fl ash of the camera could make me look really washed out in my photos. How can you still capture stunning shots?
A. Clare Adams says: At any season the light is different and a good photographer will know how to use the light to their advantage to avoid the washed-out or blue look you're describing. I rarely use a fl ash as I find it too intrusive on the wedding day; for me, it only tends to come out in the rain – to light the raindrops – or at night when the light is gone. By harnessing the natural light, and sometimes with the use of natural reflectors like water, windows or pale walls, you can highlight and make the skin tones glow without appearing washed out. There's nothing like a cold, crisp, sunny winter's day to bring a gorgeous glow to faces, and we can naturally warm the photographs with camera techniques both at the time and afterwards in post-production.
My top tip for winter brides is make yourself as comfortable as possible. Take a fur stole with you or a nice wrap – these can make for really romantic and cosy photographs. Pinch your cheeks for a bit of colour or use make-up for a long-lasting rosy glow. I've found that adrenaline on the day, with the help of some champagne, soon makes the shivers go away!
Q. We're tying the knot in December and want our big-day photographs to reflect the time of year. How do you advise we best capture the season in our shots?
A. Rachel Williams says: The first and biggest issue to deal with in the UK is the likelihood of cold and wet weather, so look at venues that can offer beautiful images indoors as well as outdoors.
Plan your day around the sunshine hours to make the most of the light, as it'll disappear much earlier and much quicker than in the summer months.
At around 4pm, if you're lucky, you'll get some beautiful low winter sunshine, similar to 'golden hour' during the summer months, when the sun is less harsh, and gives a gorgeous glow and a warm feel to your images.
Sparklers and fireworks will make for great shots during winter months too, and this can be done quite early, pretty much as soon as it's dark outside and while everyone is still sober!
Rather than just having umbrellas and wellies there as a necessity, make use of them as cute props – don't be afraid to head outside even if it's raining, you'll get some dramatic images. And if you're going for a Christmas-themed wedding, add lots of sparkle and glitter to your room décor – this will brighten up any wintry day.
Q. We're looking to hire vintage cars for our winter wedding. What should we check before we book?
A. Aaron Gilpin says: Hiring transportation for a winter wedding isn't much different to any other time of year. Whenever you're marrying, I strongly recommend that you view the vehicle first and that you get to meet the people who will be directly involved with you on the big day. If you're contacting a national firm ensure that they put you in direct contact with the company providing the car. This could be vitally important in the winter, as the vehicle could be coming some distance to be with you.
You should also check that the business has full motor insurance cover for weddings, and public liability insurance. Plus, what contingency cover do they offer if the vehicle you chose cannot be used on the day, i.e. do they have a substitute vehicle available? And do they provide child seats? By law all children under the age of three must travel in a recognised secured child seat. Vintage and classic cars are exempt for children over the age of three. If champagne or similar refreshments are offered, do they hold the required licence to supply alcohol, as in the event of an incident, this could invalidate insurance cover.
Additionally, I advise you consider taking out wedding insurance to protect your big day, as this normally provides for problems that may occur with suppliers, generally if they're unable to fulfil their obligations.
Q. My partner and I met on New Years Eve – now our favourite time of year – and we want our day to reflect that. What entertainment do you suggest to create the party atmosphere?
A. Sam Bradshaw says: Entertainment is key in helping set the scene for your party. There will always be snapshots of the day you'll remember, and when this is accompanied by a favourite piece of music it creates a soundtrack to your celebration.
When hiring a band, singer or DJ to create a party atmosphere on your big day, it's important to get to know them. This can be done through meetings, emails and conversations; always ask for reviews from previous clients, are they on Facebook and YouTube, and can you view a party in full fl ow? If they're good they'll publicise this on social media.
Be sure to share your music likes and dislikes with them too so they know what to incorporate into their set, but be considerate of what your guests might want too. A great DJ will be able to navigate the crowd and play the songs that suit the moment, allow them to gauge when they play your requests to get the best reaction and keep the groove going.
Finally, when you're contacting entertainers, expect them to be far more contactable during afternoons rather than early mornings or evenings when they're likely to be working.
Event manager, Cardiff Marriott
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