from the editor
TLove and laughter, as always he temperatures have dropped, fires are being stoked and we’re drinking more red wine than white … yes, winter is here!
I’ve often wondered why New Zealander’s shun winter when it comes to weddings. Within the industry, it’s known as the off-season or quiet period; when photographers, stylists, beauticians and other wedding professionals take their annual holidays and catch up on long-overdue paperwork; when wedding shows abound but weddings themselves don’t.
The USA, Canada and many European nations celebrate winter as just another season within their very full years. Why don’t we?
The trend to smaller weddings (by small I’m talking eighty instead of two hundred guests!) means there are more venue options open to couples planning their big day - unusual, intimate, and cosy venues that lend themselves to winter celebrations. Check out local restaurants with private dining rooms, hotels with smaller function rooms, luxury lodges, ski lodges … there’s huge potential to select a venue with a difference.
Many couples shun winter as an option because of the weather and the impact on their photographs. Winter light can in fact produce some incredibly dramatic photos – clouds, rainbows, bright rays of sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day, and rain-washed streets that shimmer. There’s snow to play in and bare tree silhouettes to take advantage of. Photographers often revel in the low light afforded by winter.
Venues can be decorated to enhance the winter effect using icy blues, loads of white and adding sparkle with glass beads, chandeliers, plenty of candles and fairy lights. Or go with warm, cosy tones that warm the heart – ochre, bronze, and gold with splashes of yellow all tie in with those roaring fires!
When it comes to garments, dealing with winter can often be as simple as adding a bolero, shawl or fake fur jacket to the girls’ gowns and guys can simply order thicker woolen suit jackets. Instead of peep-toe stilettos, consider the new wave of Flapper-styled closed shoes, or even gorgeous white boots!
And, if you can’t escape winter for your honeymoon, don’t panic … nothing could be more romantic than a fur throw over the honeymoon bed, a roaring fire in the hearth, decadent chocolates and sumptuous red wine on a tray, a deep bath for two filled with frothy aromatic bubbles and a few rose petals. Add a little snow fall or a rain storm, and you’ll truly believe you’re closeted in a world of your own.
Don’t shun winter – embrace it … and you may snag a bargain or two by booking in the low season.