Your guide to festive wedding design

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Our 2014 season ended with a beautiful marriage at Hedsor last Saturday. It’s safe to say we pretty much adore a festive wedding. We’ve been lucky enough to coordinate some beautiful December weddings this year (not to mention starting to plan those already booked in for 2015!)

Thematically, festive weddings offer so many decorative features; it’s all too easy to get lost in Christmas. Think dreamy Norwegian spruce trees, an abundance of magical lighting, mulled wine, carol singing choirs, plus green and red festive touches…

The good news? For those keen to depart from tradition, there are many other ways to design a festive wedding. Today we’re sharing two contrasting themes from the ISWD festive look book.

Nude Naturals | Festive Wedding Design

Whether you’re celebrating your marriage in a city location or a remote castle, traditionally exterior elements bought ‘in’ are the prominent features of the nude & naturals theme. Rustic textures are key; pine cones, tree bark, heathers, moss, ferns, berries and mistletoe foliage. Carved tree stumps featuring cathedral candles create unique wow piece installations.

Nude tones scream sophistication. Team rustic features with an abundance of crisp, neutral linens – with pristine candles to match. Consider willow or birch branches or mini trees that can line your aisle space in the ceremony – perfect when teamed with high ceilings! If you want to add warmth to your natural Christmas wedding design, fruit features such as tangerines lift a nude look and look perfect nestled amongst foliage and candies in table settings. Evergreens also look beautiful as features in place settings – a simple luggage tag on each sprig can feature a guest’s name.

Nude Naturals - Festive Wedding Design Look Book by Isabel Smith Wedding Design

Widen the sensory experience that your guests will enjoy. Consider festive punch infused with cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Incorporate aromas into your lighting too; spiced candles are beautiful in ceremony rooms, whilst church candles in lanterns and fairy lights work beautifully in reception spaces.

Storm lanterns needn’t just be floor standing; a cluster of different sizes can form a perfect centrepiece on your reception tables. Finally, adorn your wedding cake with (edible!) berries for the perfect compliment to your sweet dish.

For further nude & naturals design inspiration, click here or on the image above.

Glittering in Gold | Festive Wedding Design

Despite the end of this year’s Strictly, it’s safe to say that all that glitters does most definitely not end on the dance floor. Gold’s rich, warm tones are perfect for festive nuptials; it’s impossible not to make an impact when this colour features in your design scheme. This is the go-to hue for the bride who loves creating drama and memorable wow pieces. Dress your table to impress with sequined table clothes, ornate cutlery and Christmas bauble table centerpieces. Gold stars or balloons dipped in glitter can create stunning wedding cake table backdrops.

Glittering in Gold - Festive Wedding Design Look Book by Isabel Smith Wedding Design

Accessorise your dance floor with giant lettering or high impact ceiling installations such as chandeliers or hanging floral displays that feature spray painted foliage. If you’re not keen on glitter, matte gold textures work a dream as design features too. Glass votive holders make sophisticated candleholders, whilst statement urns for foliage and ornate charger plates are luxury details.

Need extra sparkle this festive period? See our full look book for Glittering Gold here.

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