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Candles create a natural glow, but sometimes this isn’t always enough to keeping the ambiance well lit. Consequently, you should consider lamps or spotlights decoratively & tastefully placed at each table. You won’t want anyone tripping over them selves, unable to see the guestbook to sign it…and most importantly, you’ll want your photos to look their best…and this won’t be done in the dark!
Winter warm…& Fuzzies
Make wedding guests feel comfortable indoors and out…from before they even arrive until long into the night. Offer warm transportation for them from the airport or hotel to your venue. Make sure your venue location is accessible even if the weather turns bad and has good ventilation to keep the room warm (not stuffy!). That intimacy and warmth you create in your space should extend to the outdoors, as well. Provide portable heaters to go outside for those who want to escape for a breath of fresh air, check out the landscape, and/or for smokers. You can even take it generously further by providing blankets by the doors to take for those who are heading outside.
Cappuccino or Hot Chocolate Bar: Create a bar with a warm, cute touch…including delicious cookies, hot cocoa, cappuccino, & other hot drinks for either the whole night, or just as a late-night station. This is a great alternative (and money saver) as it alleviates stress on the actual liquor bar! If you did your job making guests feel warm enough, they won’t be inclined to become dependent on the booze buzz for the rush of warmth they get on a cold, tavern night at the bar back home.
Heated Menu: Not literally…but consider cold-weather friendly foods and comforting dishes to serve on your wedding menu: meats or fish like a baked tilapia, minestrone or fennel potato leek soup, sweet potatoes, and pureed parsnips.
You might want to consider having a wedding dress that will keep you warm with silk satin or a just heavier fabric in general, one with thick-laced sleeves, or a high collar. You can always ditch the white dress for a stand-out color: blush pink, bold red, icy blue, or slick silver, which will look lusciously lovely against a white, snowy backdrop.
Winter Glam Glow: The bright lighting of winter accentuates dark circles and puffy eyes, while the weather dries out skin. Keep your skin especially moisturized in the days leading up to the wedding. For makeup, use warm and glowing hues, an under-eye concealer & highlighter, a highlighter for your cheekbones and under eyebrow arches, and use a hint of shimmer in your eye makeup.
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