Friday, January 23, 2015

Planning: Winter Weddings

Winter Wedding Inspirations

INVITES Play up the hues and textures of this time of year by adding elegant velvet embellishments to invitations, place cards, and menus.
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FLOWERS For centerpieces, combine wintry flowers like garland and gardenias with pine cones, holly sprays and other seasonal fauna. A more dramatic statement might be long faux snow-covered white branches placed in large urns which will soar over tables. 

DÉCOR Winter calls for jeweled tones of garnet red, emerald green, and royal purple: contrast these bold colors with stark white. Instead of standard linens, choose a quilted silk tablecloth with a trim to keep the look warm and chic. For a more festive holiday feel, hang swags of pine garland studded with white roses and berries on doorways. They will look and smell sensational. Finally, cast a cozy glow over the room by placing votive candles holders or arranging pillar candles of varying heights on your tables.

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MENU Make traditional drinks like eggnog an elegant choice for the cocktail hour by decorating the tray with holly and berries. Or, welcome guests with warmed pomegranate toddies and chai lattes with Appleton rum.  For dinner, serve hot, hearty appetizers like warm medallions of brie on a bed of winter greens, followed by filet mignon and sautéed root vegetables.

DESSERT Have the wait staff pass a selection of small sweets with rich flavors like chocolate mousse with whipped cream, cream-filled pastries, praline with Nutella ganache or caramel cherries with chocolate buttercream. For your wedding cake think blood orange or gooseberry preserve fillings. By the way, take advantage of the cool climate to top your cake with buttercream frosting, which is a lot less expensive than fondant and is hard to work with in warmer temperatures.

Sylvia Weinstock

 By Patricia Canole
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