As Christmas is nearly upon us and most of the country is knee-deep in snow (!), I felt that December’s design board should have a cheery festive feel. Now whilst red is one of the most popular colours for winter weddings, many brides want to break from tradition and are looking for something a little more unusual. One of my personal favourites for an alternative Christmas colour schemes is the delicious combination of deep purple and emerald green – rich, warm and definitely in keeping with the festive season.
I imagine this wedding to take place in a beautiful stately home, with roaring open fires keeping everyone snug and scented candles providing delicate fragrances of cinnamon, spiced apple and mulled wine. The decor is a key component of this design, so I would use huge Christmas trees as focal pieces in hallways, and swathes of pine garlanding to decorate staircases and mantelpieces.
It’s important to keep guests warm at this time of year, so rather than the traditional champagne and canapés I’d serve warm mulled wine and mini mince pies for the post-ceremony reception, whilst carol singers entertain guests with favourite Christmas tunes. I love the idea of writing guests’ names onto baubles and hanging them on the Christmas tree in place of a table plan, and leaving brightly wrapped presents underneath in place of favours.
For the wedding breakfast I’d serve a traditional Christmas dinner, complete with individual flaming plum puddings, and after guests have danced the night away to a swing band would round the day off with a spectacular firework display and a mug of warm hot chocolate.
Merry Christmas everyone – see you in the New Year!
Bride and groom: Lisa Devlin via Love My Dress
Pine decoration, Christmas tree and log fire: Flickr here, here and here
Shoes: The Knot
Wedding gown: Pronovias
Purple bow: Spirit of Christmas Fair
Cupcakes: Martha Stewart
Bridesmaid dress: Dessy
Thanks to Helen Carter, for this wonderful December Wedding Inspiration Board – be sure to check out the other wedding inspiration boards that Helen has done for LMW in the past and let us know your thoughts on the choice of colours…..