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style sheet: modern festivities

December 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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With sight of this month’s festivities on the horizon our thoughts have turned to those planning a Christmas or New Year wedding. But more specifically, to couples who desire the party atmosphere and glamour of this most wonderful time of the year, though not the obvious wedding themes that can come with it.

As such we’ve thrown aside the seen-it-all-before-red, blinding-silver and gaudy-gold and brought together a more contemporary, clean-cut and sophisticated selection of fitting themes for this magical period.

So, in preparation for the weekend ahead, drop a little Baileys in your morning coffee and enjoy soaking up this sublime seasonal inspo…

glitter & gilded

Glitter & Gilded

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The theme: A sophisticated take on the ‘usual’ party-season golden wedding.

The details: While we love a bit of glitter, you can have too much of a good thing in our book and so this look is all about understated glamour. Keep the gold tones light rather than yellow/orange and even lean toward blush/rose tones for an element of girly elegance. Table décor should be more sparse and well-thought out with uniformed rows of mercury and metallic candle holders and simple, dainty floral arrangements on pressed linen. Add just a sprinkling of glitter accents and mix with matt and gloss metallics to continue the class. Greenery features can also help to keep the look grounded, fresh and clean. Sprayed flowers are a step-too-far for this theme so instead look to include beautiful caramel shades in the bouquet and add a little gold by binding with a trailing ribbon.

The dress code: A full-gold dress could have you looking more Disney princess than Meghan Markle princess, so we suggest keeping things refined with an ivory gown, complete with delicate gold detailing in beading, lace or embroidery. The accessories are one area that you can afford to turn up the glittering aspects, though perhaps just blow out on one bold item, such as the shoes, and keep other add-ons simpler. Your leading ladies on the other hand could be in top-to-toe sparkling cocktail style gowns, suiting the time of year perfectly and adding black-tie-esque glamour to the proceedings.

white out

White Out

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The theme: A traditional white wedding given a modern and luxurious twist.

The details: The colour palette is simple, but the details should be a plenty! The more white blooms the better, big and blousy to create a feel of opulence and glamour. Go bold with table centres made up of tall and perhaps trailing florals, with lit candelabras or tea-lights in suspended orbs. Other accents should include clear glass and metallic elements, such a mercury votives, silver plate chargers and sparkling table runners and cloths. If you do crave a little colour, soft pastels such as peach and lilac can offer a welcome alternative to obvious winter tones of deep red or purple. The cake needs to be a show-stopper too, all white and upward of three tiers with lavish detailing such as rows of ruffles or trailing flowers; real, iced or faux.

The dress code: In this ivory-loving world you may find it difficult to find a pure white gown but veering to the lighter off-white options should see you good. For this modern festive look we suggest a detailed slim-line and long-sleeved design rather than a voluminous, princess-style dress. As it’s the party season a little sparkle could give you the detailing you desire, or alternatively lace inserts will add that something special. In full seasonal style don’t be shy with the accessories either – a vintage-inspired headpiece, embellished shoes or perhaps faux fur shawl or bag for you and your maids?

festive botanics

Festive Botanics

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The theme: A botanical theme that’s simple and stripped back for an alternative festive celebration.

The details: Trailing greens take centre-stage here though they are kept clean and in-line. The main look should centre around foliage with some nods to the season, so think ferns, pine cones and sprigs of spruce, paired with natural wooden elements and pure festive whites. Potted plants, log slices and jarred candles can all be brought to the table for simple décor and centrepieces. Long wooden trestle tables tend to work better for the theme, particularly in barn and warehouse style settings (just be sure to turn up the heating!). Further rural elements can be incorporated but be sure to keep the look well-groomed rather than overgrown and unruly. As another nice nod to the season, greenery in wreath-style circular arrangements work well and add contemporary edge.

The dress code: To keep the look fresh, uncomplicated attire works best, such as clean-line, off-white dresses. You may choose to go completely detail-free but if you crave a fancier frock, look for embellishment or appliques in same colour as your dress. Botanical elements can then be added in foliage hair pieces or full greenery crowns for an ethereal yet on-trend image.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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