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Hot topic: Do it in seasonal style

Local pros answer your winter worries

Seasonal stems

Seasonal stems

Q. What sturdy flowers should I opt for that'll withstand the rain and wind and are there any other elements I can add for that perfect finish?

A. Shane Maple says: All flowers will be subject to a little damage if they're in the direct rain and wind. I'd recommend a hand-tied bouquet on this occasion and using sturdy flowers such as carnations and large headed roses and I'd opt for plenty of foliage to protect the flowers as much as possible. To add a different element to your blooms, you could also use succulents, which are very hardy and on-trend.

Festive fashion

Festive fashion

Q. My hubby-to-be is looking for his winter wedding outfit what should we bear in mind?

A. Danielle Harvey says: Fabric is key at this time of year to keep the chill off – especially for those outside snaps. Tweed is ideal for a rustic setting and countryside themes, it's super-warm, breathable yet water resistant. A herringbone suit made from a twilled yarn such as wool, would be perfect for more contemporary settings as it's cosy for winter nuptials and is available in a wide range of styles and colours. At this time of year, your best option is to layer up, especially for the younger pageboys. Waistcoats are a must-have, and will keep a little warmth when suit jackets are removed after the wedding breakfast or during the evening reception.

When it comes to colours and accessories, keep it classic with dark hues, and consider the weather for footwear. Those suede shoes may look cool, but they'll get ruined in the rain.

Through the lens

Through the lens

Q. I'm worried that the weather might ruin our photos and there'll be less time for posing in the daylight. Can we still have gorgeous images at this time of the year?

A. Becky Kerr says: A good, experienced photographer will be used to working in all sorts of weather and can adapt accordingly. Talk to them about a bad weather contingency and ideas for great pics in your chosen venue.

I love photographing in the winter months as you can get some stunning dusk or nighttime shots and if you're lucky maybe even a sunset. In summer we have light until late and your photographer will have probably left by then so make the most of the dark romantic shots!

Keeping cosy

Keeping cosy

Q. We're planning a New Year wedding so it's going to be cold. Can you help me decide what I should wear to keep me warm but won't sacrifice style?

A. Cathy Smyth says: There are many ways that a bride can keep the chills at bay. The most obvious is to have sleeves, as this will give an extra layer. An off-the-shoulder dress with long sleeves is on-trend and a very sophisticated look.

Layering up is another option especially if you have an A-line skirt or ball gown. You can add some additional warmth from tights or even thermal leggings! Wearing a cape or faux fur shrug is a good way to enhance the winter look and keep you cosy and warm while outside – it'll also make for some stunning photos. A soft pashmina is another easy option. You can carry these through to your bridesmaids in a colour to match their dress and your theme.

Boots can be stylish for bridal footwear and can be practical too, especially if there's snow on the ground or if it rains.

The icing on the cake

The icing on the cake

Q. I can't wait for my festive-styled big day. Do you have any tips on creating the perfect seasonal design for our showstopper?

A. Shannon Killingback says: There are many ways to style your cake around your festive theme. Your cake designer can make it as subtle or extravagant as you wish. From a cake using festive colours like red and gold to a more glam winter wonderland twist. I personally love the look of a simple white textured buttercream creation decorated with berries, pine cones and flowers from your florist. The possibilities really are endless when coming up with festive ideas for a showstopper cake so speak to your pro for ideas.

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