From the ed­i­tor

My Wedding - - FROM EDITOR -

The 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.

Love and laugh­ter, as al­ways

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