When we think of weddings, often we automatically imagine warm weather, colorful beautiful flower all above the lake, or even just warm rays of sunshine filtering down through puffy white clouds.
But what of winter weddings?
Winter weddings hold their own unique beauty that many often overlook. Winters are cozy and romantic on the lake, the perfect setting for a wedding. Not only will you find more availability of a space to hold the wedding and reception, freer schedules of caterers and photographers, but there is a world of possibilities.
A lake shore landscape of drifts of powdery white snow on the near Alps make a beautiful backdrop for photographs.
And what about little St. Julius island? A peaceful charming and mystic pearl of the lake. Warm colors like plum, cocoa or even a dark crimson are perfect for winter weddings. But also a Total –White theme could be charming.
Possibilities for the bride’s wedding dress can include layers, heavier fabrics, and elegant, traditional styles like the Victorian style dresses. Cloaks or shawls are another way to keep warm and include an elegant style to the wedding dress. Or maybe a Modern Style with warm little cashe-coueur in mohere, little jackets and maybe stylish boots on.
Wedding invitations could be silver and white with some wintery details like frosty glitter on or snowflakes. In nature, there is hardly any other object that showcases beauty and elegance as well as a snowflake, and it makes the perfect symbol to display for the winter wedding, combining uniqueness with classiness.
Favors (bomboniere) with typical Italian confetti (almond sugar) or chocolate can be total white theme, with a touch of gold or silver or green maybe decorated with some pines, cinnamon and dried oranges.
Or a white and warm wool little bag for confetti could be precious, too.
Red and green are natural colors for a Winter Christmas wedding.
It is likely that your church or reception site will already be decorated in red and green for other events and holiday parties. But don't feel limited to this palate. Other possibilities, which will work with existing decorations, include:
Some other winter wedding flower suggestions are:
Roses - Red, White, Black Beauty, Black Magic,
Lilies - Stargazer, Casablanca, Cala, Alstromeria (mini),
Poinsettias - White and Red.
And some accents: Pine Cones, Eucalyptus, Holly Leaves, Berries - Holly or other types, Evergreen Branches, Pine Cones, Ivy Leaves, Baby's Breath, Wheat Stems, Pumpkin and Christmas Ornament Balls.
The frosty theme can be continued through the use of white fairy lights, floating candles and crystal chandeliers.
Can you imagine how magic could be Lake at night with many candle’s lights? On the table-tops scatter silver sequins and place shimmering fabric over white cloths for a special effect.
Valentina Lombardi is a SposiamoVi group wedding planner.
She follows Italian and foreign bridegrooms who wish to celebrate their wedding in Piemonte and Italian Lakes area.
Monika Andenmatten is La Piccola Selva’s floral designer. Based in lake Orta, has worked with brides for over 20 years to create floral arrangements for weddings in the Italian Lakes district.
Monika and Valentina will be pleased to help you organize a perfect Pink&Brown wedding on Italian Lakes.
For more information please contact us.
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