Winter conjures an ambiance of intimacy and romance. There’s a soft glow of low lights, elegant skies and flushed cheeks that turn the cooler months into a backdrop of magic and wonder on the big day. While winter holds a certain level of challenges to curve when planning the perfect day, it is also a season bursting with creative delight.
To help you maximise the most of the wintertime, The InterContinental Hotel Sydney has filtered a ton of season-inspired tips and trends, collaborating with the talented team at Fresh Creative, on how to plan the perfect winter wedding.
DO: Choose a venue that embraces the season with classic aesthetics
Winter evokes a sense of intimacy like no other. While beachfront weddings and tropical retreats may be a dream for some, rich sandstone architectures, carved archways and rustic staircases provide a sense of old world romance and elegance. Choosing a venue that is going to heighten the mood and complement the ambiance, while also providing comfort and protecting from the elements, will ensure your mind is at ease and your guests are making the most of the memories.
DO: Enrich the winter warmth with appropriate colour palettes
Winter invites a rich palette of warm reds, burgundy, gold and deep greens. While these colours typically surround the season, Fresh Creative says there is an abundance of ways to enhance the palette. “Added candles create the aura of warmth. Go heavy on the lighting for added glow and let the mood create a statement in itself.” Table displays of seasonal blooms and native blends will also add rich textures to enhance the palette.
The experts at Fresh Creative note that if you prefer to keep your palette neutral, you can opt for elegant ivories and add a pop of colour by blending rustic textures or copper, pewter and golds.
DON’T: Adhere to traditional reception bars; get seasonally-inspired
While Champagne bars and colour-themed candy tables are still in vogue, why not consider opting for an inspirational station that infuses the flair and flavour of winter.
At InterContinental Sydney, we recently set up an elaborate whisky bar to create a sophisticated spin on the traditional reception focal piece. It’s also the perfect time to create speciality cocktails with our Bars Manager to complement the season, or why not infuse warm alcoholic cocktails for something a little more adventurous. We have also hosted beautifully styled stations with white hot chocolate bars, marshmallows, espresso bars and coconut snowballs. Port and cheese bars are also great for winter wedding celebration.
DO: Consider an all-inclusive venue for the ultimate weekend
Don’t let a chill in the air deter you from an array of pre-wedding indulgences. Planning your wedding and reception inside Sydney’s five star hotels means you’re open to a world of pre-wedding beauty and relaxation retreats. Escape the wedding rush with oil messages, facials and spa treatments with your bridesmaids, or unwind with manicures, pedicures and beauty treatments. It’s a great way to gather your bridesmaids together for something that is both relaxing and necessary on the big day.
DON’T: Let the season restrict your gown
While the breeze sweeps in to shift the temperature down a notch or four, don’t let this deter you from selecting your dream gown. There are plenty of winter-fused fashion trends to embrace the cooler months which means you don’t have to feel restricted.
For the bridal gown, there are plenty of stunning long-sleeved gowns which evoke a sense of elegance and subtly. Vera Wang’s latest collection ‘Hotel Madrid”, evokes the lure and sensuality of Spain. Turn up the winter heat with these two styles from the collection that are fitting for the Winter Wonderland wedding:
The Camilla gown: Gathered stretch illusion long sleeve soft mermaid gown with French tulle skirt accented by hand applique silk flowers and hand pieced chantilly lace; and the Ines gown: Deep V-neck long sleeve chantilly lace soft mermaid gown with plunging back and hand applique silk flower accents on the cuff and train.
DO: Infuse a twist of winter to bridesmaid gowns
InterContinental Sydney’s wedding specialist, Roxy Anderson, says winter infuses a range of hues to complement the season, with an emphasis on soft greys and berries. For a twist on the traditional gown, why not mix it up with rich textures.
As with the wedding gown, winter does not mean a strapless dress is off the table. With plenty of classic wraps, boleros and chic pashminas, you don’t need to sacrifice on style.
DO: Choose the right florals for the season
While most brides have dreamt about their perfect bouquet and blooms for the big day, it’s critical to know what flowers are in season. Fresh Creative Director, Maggie, says that whilst lilies, roses and orchids are available all year round, the colder months present us with a wonderful array of winter bulb flowers, such as tulips, hyacinths, stock and freesias, which not only create beautiful textures, but come in an array of gorgeous hues and beautiful fragrances to set the senses alight.
Thank you to the InterContinental Hotel Sydney, Vera Wang and Fresh Creative for the inspiring tips. If you'd like to see more of our work with these brands, check out a recent shoot we coordinated:
The InterContinental Hotel Sydney
For three decades, InterContinental Sydney has been the luxury hotel of choice to meet, do business and unlock authentic local experiences that make Australia’s harbour city one of the best places in the world to live, work, visit and play.
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Fresh Style Creative
At Fresh Creative Styling their aim is to help you create a unique, stunning floral theme for your special event. They create custom designs for their clients encapsulating their vision and style. They know you’ve got a thousand and one other things to organise, that’s why their floral design team is here to make it easy for you.
They specialise in Event Styling, Wedding Styling, Floristry, Corporate Event Styling and Commercial Dressing. To find out more about their services, you can visit their website.
Flowing with soft silk and chantilly lace, Vera Wang's Hotel Madrid Spring 2016 gowns are intoxicating, sensual and nonchalant. The bridal collection includes high wasted mermaid gowns, pleated tulle skirts, hand beaded crystal trims and delicate bodices.
Vera Wang is a New York designer who as a child became immersed in the world of fashion. She studied design at Chapin, Sarah Lawrence College and The Sorbonne. As a very young designer she took on the role of Vogue Fashion Editor and then to the role of a Ralph Lauren Design Director. In 1990 she opened her flagship store in Manhattan's Madison Avenue and introduced the world to the Vera Wang Bridal collection and her groundbreaking designs. To learn more about the Hotel Madrid collection contact us and we can put you in touch with the wonderful team at Vera Wang.