Cool Ingredients for a Magical Winter Wedding

There are lots of great reasons to opt for a winter wedding rather than going the more predictable summertime route.

For one thing, it’s likely to work out a fair bit cheaper if you’re not trying to compete with everyone else at the height of summer’s peak wedding season. Venue hire is the single biggest area you stand to save on: renting a space can cost you half in December, January or February what the same location would do in June-August.

On top of that, you can really go to town for a winter wedding; creating a cosy, romantic wonderland for your guests – the colder months are truly the time when the increasingly trendy hygge style really comes into its own.

Make use of glinting fairy lights, intimate candle glow, crisp winter evergreens, and encourage your guests, bridesmaids or groomsmen to dress in more vibrant jewel tones than they typically would for a more delicate, pastel-shaded summer garden environment.

 

There are a few other great décor and food ideas we’d always recommend you consider for your winter weddings, including:

 

Start with white

Reflecting that most picturesque of winter weathers – gentle drifts of pure driven snow – you can use a predominantly white theme for winter weddings that feels both traditional and whimsical, yet modern, clean-lined and minimalist.

However, a touch of minimalism needn’t be boring in the slightest: selecting pure white linens and coverings as the basis of your colour scheme effectively creates a blank canvas for you to play around on to your heart’s content. We suggest pairing crisp, clean expanses of white with little flourishes of silver, gold and deep, seductive jewel tones – ruby, amethyst, sapphire and jade – to create a cosy and truly magical ‘Aladdin’s cave’ vibe that will warm the cockles of all attendees.

 

Serve spiced soups and mulled drinks

Planning catering options for winter weddings also gives you a great chance to deliver some real crowd-pleasers. There’s just no denying that a steaming pot of creamy, nutty, velvety seasonal soup, lifted with festive spices (and perhaps served with an oven-warm crusty garlic bread) is just fundamentally more alluring on a basic human level than any scattering of fridge-chilled canapes.

Mulled wines, ciders, cinnamon-spiked hot toddies and buttery rum punches also appeal to similar hard-wired comfort-seeking instincts. And, for those not looking for a double warming whammy of heat and alcohol, why not try setting up a DIY hot chocolate bar, where guests can personalise a lush cocoa mix with any number of sweet treats and toppings?

 

Bring the outdoors in

With its romantic imagery of snow-speckled pines, vibrant holly, romantic mistletoe, glistening berries and aromatic chestnuts, winter is a fantastic season for giving nature pride of place at weddings – and what better way to do so than by making use of the vast range of wreaths, runners and garlands we all associate with the festive season?

These little oases of deep forest green, ruby red, soft browns and pearlescent white are an uncomplicated way to turn any bleak midwinter scene into an instant Narnia. Pine cones, winter fruits and baskets of nuts can be adorned with all manner of artistic decorative touches and used as place markers, ornaments and even traditional costume accessories for a stunningly different organic look.

 

Additional top tips for a smoother winter wedding:

Keep it to one venue if you can. You don’t want your guests to have to keep switching locations, particularly if the weather is harsh when getting around town in your finery can be complicated and expensive. If a single location isn’t possible, try to find somewhere where the reception area is as close to the actual service venue as you can manage.

Leave blankets, shawls and wraps by exits for those that will want to pop outside now and then. You can also set up fire pits or chimeneas for cosier outdoor spaces that people will want to linger and chat in with a glass of something warming.

Encourage people to bring a sensible pair of shoes as backup. Nobody will want to be wearing wellies or hiking boots on the dancefloor, of course – but in the depths of winter, it’s usually a fair bet that anyone who doesn’t have anything sturdier than strappy sandals in their car boot will soon wish that they did!

Plan travel in advance, allow more time, and have several ‘plan Bs’ in place. If you’re unlucky – or lucky, depending on your perspective – you may even end up being snowed on. That’s a fantastic slice of good fortune in terms of your wedding photos, of course…assuming the photographer can still make it. If not, who’s been nominated to step in? Is there someone on hand who can fix makeup and hair in the event of a sudden flurry, gale or shower?

Factor in extra room and personnel for coat, bag and shoe check-ins. Everyone will be turning up with a lot more baggage for a winter wedding than they would for a summer wedding, so plan accordingly and make sure you don’t end up having to give up half your venue space to an enormous mound of damp parkas, gumboots and snoods!

Article provided by Plato Catering Hire

Choosing Table Linen for Your Wedding Breakfast: Key Trends and Colours

Neurtal Wedding Decor

When it comes to the choosing the finishing touches to your wedding breakfast venue, there’s a lot to think about, and many trends to consider. From the furniture to the glassware, the crockery to the table linens, bringing everything together for the perfect dining room setting can be a complex process. Whilst these may seem like minor details, these are the details that will tie the whole room together in terms of look and style and set the tone for your big celebration. Your wedding breakfast is the first meal you will have together as man and wife, with the company of your closest friends and family. So every small detail is just as important as say the cake, or the choice of champagne, or the food on the menu. And when it comes to linen hire, there’s a whole world of colour schemes to explore. Here are some key looks and trends to consider for your wedding day (written by Independent Wedding suppliers, Plato Catering Hire):

Neutral Wedding Theme

Neurtal Wedding DecorWhites and neutrals are extremely popular for weddings and work especially well for classical venues, timeless themes and your typical white wedding. But that doesn’t mean that choosing your table linen will be an easy task. Because with lighter hues, it’s harder to create a sense of depth in your table design, meaning that you’ll need to match your table cloths, chair covers, centrepieces, crockery and glassware perfectly. Opt for a true white for a clean look or try warm nudes for a softer appearance. Peachy nudes and dusky pinks work particularly well with gold hardware and gold toned décor.

The Woodland Wedding

Woodland Wedding DecorThe rustically beautiful and nature-inspired woodland wedding is one of the biggest wedding theme trends in 2017; and we’ve seen the use of wooden logs and pine cones, wild flowers and foliage adorn tables in the most creative of ways. Whites and neutrals work well when it comes to table linen, providing a stylish contrast between fabric and nature. Or alternatively, experiment with earth based tones such as mushroom browns and greys, soft beige, muted olive or verdant greens.

Vintage Wedding Theme

Vintage Wedding DecorVintage weddings come in varying styles, some chintzy and cute and others highly sophisticated. So there’s a lot of room for creativity here. Bright table cloths mixed with clashing crockery and patterned table runners is a fantastic way of exploring the eclectic style. Or choose feminine pinks that evoke a sense of vintage romance.

The Monochrome Wedding

Monochrome Wedding DecorCreate a contemporary, ultra-luxurious ‘black tie’ feel at your wedding breakfast with dark colourways that will contrast beautifully with golds, silvers or whites. The monochrome colour scheme is all about being bold, and gives the bride and groom a chance to be somewhat indulgent and ostentatious with their selection of room décor.

Rustic Weddings

Rustic Wedding DecorIf you are planning a rustic wedding theme, you may want to consider no table cloths at all. Wooden tables are a huge trend in 2017/18 and the use of a simple table runner is often the best way to highlight the beauty of solid oak furniture. Carefully select table mats, napkins, runners and chair cushions and use neutral tones classic, understated charm.

Contributed by Plato Catering Hire.

Hiring your wedding day crockery? Here are a few things to consider

In all the excitement of your big day, when you’re planning your own wedding reception, the practicalities like crockery can often be forgotten. Some wedding venues charge a premium for hiring wedding crockery, asking extortionate amounts for the serving plates, glasses, cutlery and everything else you need on top of the cost of the catering. Some venues will not even allow the crockery to be provided by third parties so it could end up costing you a fortune.

Thinking carefully about the small details like wedding day crockery rather than simply accepting the first quote you receive could help you make big savings to spend on the more important things. So, if you’re arranging your own wedding day crockery, here are a few things to consider…

  1. Collection or delivery?

Many wedding crockery hire companies will give you the choice to collect the crockery or have it delivered ready for the big day. Of course, a delivery service will not necessarily come for free. If the hire company is local then collecting the crockery yourself could save you a little money, though delivery is far more convenient.

  1. Terms and conditions

As always, it’s important you take the time to understand the terms and conditions of the crockery hire service. Is there a minimum order amount? How much will you be charged for crockery that’s damaged? It’s worth calling a few companies to ask these questions and get a quote to see what’s right for you.

  1. How many glasses will you need?

If you’re not going to have some poor soul washing racks of glasses during the wedding itself, you’ll need to think carefully about how many glasses you’re actually going to need. If you think that each drink will need to be served in a clean glass, then you’re likely to need at least three per guest.

  1. Always order extra

Depending on the number of guests you are expecting, we would advise you to order at least ten more plates, sets of cutlery and other pieces of crockery than you think you’ll need. Crockery can all too easily be dropped or misplaced during the day and there may be other people that need to eat, such as the photographer or other vendors, you hadn’t factored into your calculations. If you’re not sure exactly how many guests there’ll be, put in your initial order for the higher amount as most rental companies will let you change your order a few days before delivery without charging an additional fee.

  1. What else do you need?

When you’re organising your own wedding reception, hiring the crockery is just one of a seemingly insurmountable mountain of different items to consider. To help jog your memory, a few other things you may need include tables, tablecloths, napkins, chairs, patio heaters, bread baskets, lighting, garden furniture and of course, a bride or groom!

For any additional questions about hiring the right catering equipment for your big day feel free to contact Plato Catering Hire.