Fancy a Winter/Christmas wedding? Then you will love this three part series where Liz Taylor, managing director of award winning celebrity wedding planners, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), shares exclusive advice on creating the perfect day.
Liz has been planning weddings for over 30 years including the spectacular star-studded wedding of actress Michelle Keegan to TV personality Mark Wright, and the super-stylish wedding of television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Here she gives bridal parties some invaluable insider hints and tips on how to take the stress out of the planning and create the most stunning winter/Christmas wedding, plus she gives her tips on planning the wedding and choosing the venue below.
‘Planning a wedding at any time of year can be a challenge, but with the added pressure of Christmas on the horizon, planning a festive wedding can be even more demanding. As the whole of the country looks forward to the traditional festivities, bridal parties can often feel a little lost as they try to forge ahead and create the perfect winter wedding spectacular.’ says Liz Taylor.
‘But -planning a winter wedding can actually be easier to organise and cheaper than a summer one, and there’s a few special touches that can be added in to give it extra sparkle. Thankfully it’s not weather dependent, which is exactly why many couples choose it, and if there’s some sunshine, it’s a bonus!’
‘Careful planning is the key to any successful wedding, whatever the time of year. If you want to up the ante on the romance and elegance of the occasion a winter wedding is perfect. Not least because most people love having something to look forward to outside of the traditional wedding season!’
Here are Liz’s top tips and hints:
- Think about booking your wedding for the quiet period between Christmas and New Year. Hotels and wedding venues are traditionally a lot quieter then as they are gearing up to New Year’s Eve, so rates can often be cheaper or at least more negotiable.
- Have a place in mind for photographs. The winter sun will not be in the same place in January as it is during August, so bear this in mind when you choose a location. Ensure an indoor option is also available in case of rain.
- Popular venues can stage two or three weddings on one day, and before Christmas it could be office parties. So check if there are other weddings or events booked and where they will be in the venue. You want to be sure that you won’t be drowned – out by another wedding’s disco and that the service you receive won’t be compromised. Plus family and friends will be delighted as it gives everyone something to look forward to and a chance to get together during the festive lull -most people were already off work and school so are often able to attend without taking time off.
- Make your invitations stand out –so they don’t become confused with a Christmas card –and send them out at least three months ahead as your guest’s social calendars will quickly fill at Christmas.
- Worth remembering that many venues will already have their rooms dressed for Christmas. If the budget is tight, consider working their décor into your wedding reception styling, and then invest your budget in some extra special touches to set your wedding apart. Invite Santa to give presents to the little ones.
- Hire a sensational live continental party band to really shake up the reception. Or give a momento of the wedding – offer guests a retro personalised thermos of hot chocolate and brandy shot, or an engraved hip flask with a whisky treat instead of wedding favours –ideal for the journey home on a winter night! Just remember, quality entertainment be booked up at least 12 months in advance at Christmas, so act quickly in booking.
In part two of our three part exclusive, celebrity wedding planner Liz Taylor gives her suggestions on flowers, dressing the table and ideas for some festive drinks. Available Wednesday 20th April, 2016.
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