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Hot topic: Winter weddings

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Festive chic

Festive chic

Q. We're having a winter wedding, and we want to incorporate the season into our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Lucie Phelps says: There are lots of ways you can incorporate the wintry season into your big-day cake.

- Add a touch of sparkle to your bake. This can be done using edible sequins, sugar or glitter.

- If you want to create an elegant feel, then opt for an all white creation. Add ruffles, sparkling sugar and a hint of blue to make it more festive.

- Alternatively, you could choose warm reds and golds. These indulgent colours will create a romantic and luxurious atmosphere.

- The rustic look is popular right now. Look at semi-naked and buttercream bakes finished off with evergreens and berries.

- A chocolate drip cake with gingerbread decorations would look fabulous.

- Remember the flavours you use are just as important as the embellishments. Opt for festive options such as ginger, cinnamon and chocolate.

Snow is falling

Snow is falling

Q. We're getting married next Christmas, but we're worried about the weather causing problems! Do you have any suggestions?

A. Lucy Smith says: My mum always used to say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Keep this in mind, and remember that as long as you're prepared for the possibility of rain and snow, then nothing can ruin your big day.

- Buy white umbrellas. These act as natural defusers and create a lovely glow. Avoid coloured versions, as these will have the opposite effect, creating dark shadows.

- Invest in some wellies. They will look great in your photographs and ensure your shoes won't get ruined.

- Talk to your photographer and check they have the necessary equipment to capture gorgeous images in all conditions. Ask to see samples of their previous work before making any decisions!

Freeze frame

Freeze frame

Q. We're getting married in December, and we'd like our photographs to look wintry. Do you have any ideas of how we can achieve this?

A. Amy Newton says: The festive season is full of gorgeous colours, including warm reds, bold greens and sparkling silvers.

- If you're lucky enough to have snow fall on your big day, then make sure you're wearing sensible shoes.

- Speak to your photographer about timing to ensure you make the most of the natural light.

- Purchase umbrellas in case it starts raining.

- Candles, wooden d├ęcor and berries will add a wintry atmosphere to your photographs.

Mulled wine

Mulled wine

Q. We're having a winter wedding, and we want our drinks menu to reflect this. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Gillian Bartlett says: - A gin cocktail or mulled version is perfect for the festive season. Such drinks are ideal for your reception or for keeping your guests warm before the ceremony.

- Alternatively, wine or prosecco is guaranteed to add some sparkle to your big day.

- Why not pair your favourite gin with something other than tonic? A spiced gin works brilliantly with a ginger ale. Add a chopped red chilli and fresh ginger to create a customised drink.

Piece of cake

Piece of cake

Q. We're having a Christmas-themed wedding with a red and gold colour scheme that we'd like to incorporate into our cake. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Suzanne Thorp says: - If you want to create a bold look, make the bottom tier a deep red and decorate it with ruffles, sugar flowers and edible gold leaf.

- Opt for sophisticated gold detailing, lace and a monogram to make it stand out.

- If you want something more delicate, cover the cake with textured white icing and embellish it with red berries, pine cones and mistletoe.

- Alternatively, a gold colour scheme would look fabulous. Look at the oh-so popular reveal cakes, these are a great way of incorporating your chosen theme. Create a gold base that reveals a white layer beneath decorated with red sugar flowers.

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