Snowflakes and pinecones are cloche winter wedding motifs, but don't feel bound to these stereotypes.
Unlike many of us, Inlighten bridal coach Rachael Bentick is a firm believer in the perfect winter wedding.
While there are few brides brave enough to throw a winter wedding (the words alone incite nightmares of inside out umbrellas, running mascara and see-through bridesmaid’s dresses), Rachael is urging brides to reconsider their options.
Having been involved with over 1000 weddings, Rachael says “Not only is winter cozy and romantic, it’s the perfect time to avoid the summer rush. Venues are available on Saturday, caterers lower their prices and guests will feel comfortable in a suit and tie.”
Ms. Bentick shares just a few of the hottest winter trends of 2014 which might just change your mind:
Bad weather means GREAT photos
Modern couples have high demands of the wedding photographer and by gum are they delivering the goods. Winter photography will up its game with dramatic landscapes, use of light and the ability to achieve stunning shots even in the worst weather conditions to capture that masterpiece.
In fact, some of the most incredible wedding shots ever taken were in the rain!
Ditch the fluffy princess dress and rock it in a pant suit
Childhood dreams of a Disney princess wedding dress are up in smoke thanks to Angelina Jolie rocking the pant suit at this year’s BAFTA awards. This winter’s bride is certainly not one for fairytales. Our unconventional sassy lady will steal the show with an edgy tailored silk trouser or risqué two piece gown revealing the midriff.
Take a risk with striking venues
Forget renaissance castles, country manor houses, chain hotels and barns.
En-trend venues this season are avant-garde, industrial and striking. City slickers will venture into the landscape and take advantage of the inner workings of art galleries, warehouses, abandoned power stations, heritage prisons, museums and theatres.
Make the most of the winter sun
The 1950’s look is bang on trend for winter weddings, and thanks to the early-setting winter sun it’s easy for your photographer to capture this theme prior to your ceremony.
Step into the warm glow of the setting sun so your photographer can shoot you in front of the light and create that perfect 1950’s sun-flared look.
Grooms- break out of stuffy stripes
It is the winter of revolution. Grooms all over the globe will break out of stuffy monotone pin-striped suits and reach for splashes of colour and cheeky patterns.
The gentler of men will take a silent protest with polka-dot bow tie or rustic boutonniere fashioned with feathers and vintage fabric. The riff raff, on the other hand, will cause a stir at the altar with a dapper combination of slick back jeans and statement jacket.
Dust off the good china and silverware
Nana’s vintage crockery may finally come in handy with the revival of elegance and etiquette in winter table settings. Our rekindled love for the 20’s, thanks to the success of recent blockbuster The Great Gatsby, has brought back candelabras, thirty piece dining sets, sugar caddies, teacups and even a team of white-gloved butlers to serve.
The dodgy wedding DJ is making a comeback
Who would have thought? The dodgy wedding DJ will be back with a vengeance.
Global phenomenon to the likes of the ‘Harlem shake’ has made group routines socially acceptable again - a surefire way to get even grandma to her feet. For the ceremony itself, gone are the days of walking down the aisle to the chilling sound of an out-of tune organ. Winter nuptials will be warmed up with soulful singers mashed with a playlist of modern pop hits.
Rachael Bentick is Director of one of Australia’s most successful studios, Inlighten Photography. For more information about Inlighten Photography visit www.inlighten.com.au or call 02 9550 0332.