This week I've been feeling wintery. It's been cold enough for me to abandon my summery dresses for cosy layers and in the evenings, rather than go out, I've found myself wanting to go home and snuggle up with a hot drink and blanket. My mind has turned from garden parties, bunting and summery colour palettes to winter wedding ideas and if you're a planning a wedding later this year, or even next winter, then here are some cool and quirky tips.
For a really unique wintery invitation, break from tradition and send guests snowglobes. At they will make paper inserts with all your wedding details and can also add a photograph of you and your groom.
Carry the wintery theme through to your favours with jars of hot chocolate. I love the range at Hotel Chocolat (, which you can personalise by adding a pretty bow and tag. Etoile De Mer ( makes the cutest miniature mittens that can be filled with sweets, and for something super luxurious, hang a Pashmina over the back of each chair so your guests stay warm at the reception. Look for reasonably priced Pashminas at markets or street stalls. On Oxford Street, for example, I've managed to source them for just £2.50 each.
Had you thought about turning your reception space into a winter wonderland with the help of a special effects company? If you've dreamt of a white wedding, then contact Effects Associates ( who will provide a sprinkling of snow, frost and icicles on demand.
Complete the look with a dramatic ice sculpture. The stunning ice wedding cake design on ( has caught my eye and I think would be a great focal point at the reception. Make sure your catering company makes a really decadent dessert to make up for the lost cake though! An ice-bar is also a fun way to continue the theme as are ice shot glasses for vodka later on when the party is in full swing.
Finally, if you're looking to unwind after a day of winter wedding planning, then head to the new and very chic ice-cream boutique in Selfridges London. It's a pop-up store from The Icecreamists (, which will 'melt' away on November 1. It's definitely worth the visit: the delicious Champagne lollies are dangerously moreish...

Oliver Pilcher