Our tips on embracing a change of season for your wedding day.
One of the top Covid-19 wedding dilemmas we’ve received over the past few weeks is “how to adapt your colour palette and change your decor if you’ve moved your wedding due to covid-19”. If your spring or summer nuptials have now been rescheduled to an autumn or winter celebration, the change of season can be a worry. But fret not, it doesn’t mean you need to rethink your entire wedding plans. There are plenty of ways you can easily adapt your wedding decor for a different season and adjust your original ideas to reflect your new date. Here’s how…
Adapt Your Colour Palette
Don’t feel pressured to change your colour palette just to match the season, every colour palette can be adapted for a different season. For example, pretty pastels aren’t usually associated with a winter celebration, but here’s the good news: they can work perfectly. By adding a slightly dusty tone to your pastels, or by simply adding in a metallic, you can make your palette just moody (or sparkly enough!) to fit an autumn or winter style.
Make Simple Updates To Your Wedding Décor
Store anything you’ve purchased safely away from anywhere that could get damp or fade in bright sunlight and hold tight until next year! Incorporate some small new seasonal additions to keep your original decor looking fresh and up to date. It won’t matter what décor you’ve been storing for 12 months when paired with a few things that are new and that bring you right into the present moment.
There’s a reason why rustic is such a popular look, as rustic décor works well for every season, with very little changes required. Log slices topped with candles and flowers are great centrepieces no matter the season, the only things that might need to be altered are the colours of flowers and fabrics you use with them.
Fabrics & texture can play an important role when it comes to wedding decor, and little details such as the material of your tablecloths or table runners and napkins can go a long way into transforming a tablescape from summer to winter. A little silk, velvet or metallic ribbon added to your stationery, napkins or bouquet is a simple yet effective way to add in a new colour, a little sparkle or a luxe texture.
Greenery is not only an on-trend decor idea that works for every season, it’s both naturally beautiful AND budget-friendly.
Talk to Your Suppliers
If you’re worried about your chosen colours or wedding decor ideas looking out of place, consult your wedding pros – they’ll be able to expertly help you adjust and adapt your vision.
You might want to consider changing your cake flavours, decoration on your cake and on-the-day stationery to something more seasonal. Again, your suppliers will be able to advise you on this.
When it comes to wedding flowers, keep in mind that you may not be able to get the specific seasonal flowers you wanted. Have a chat with your florist, they should be able to stick to your design aesthetic and swap for similar blooms in season for your new wedding date. Embrace the flowers and foliage of the season for a more natural, harmonious look.
Consider Your Space
Speak to your venue about whether there’ll be any changes to the space since viewing and if you can expect any additional decorations to be there – for example, in November, December and early January, they may have Christmas decorations up. How will this affect your wedding theme, and where you can decorate?
If you planned an outdoor summer wedding or cocktail reception, your venue will always have a Plan B indoor space in case of a change in weather. Reception drinks can also be moved inside and changed to reflect the time of year with seasonal options such as hot chocolate or mulled wine for guests served fireside.
When it comes to styling your venue, one of our favourite tips is to consider the decor of the ceremony or reception room and to choose (or adjust) your palette and wedding style to compliment it rather than fight against it.
Think About Lighting
Were you relying on lots of natural light? The light will be different at a different times of year which may mean you need more candles or additional lighting in your space. Lanterns, votives, pillar candles, festoon or fairy-lights are all great ways of creating a cosy atmosphere. Check with your venue to see what is permitted.
Have a chat with your photographer about lighting too, they can make suggestions on getting the best light possible for your indoor portraits and decor shots.
Consider A Stylist
If you have been considering a wedding stylist now is a better time than ever to get on on board. Their knowledge and experience is invaluable in situations like these. Stylists and planners also have all the gorgeous props you need and they’ll look after the set-up for you too.
Set The Scene
Set the scene for the season. Candles, no matter the time of year invoke a romantic vibe, signage and stationery can create a big impact and music can make a massive difference too.
Consider adding subtle seasonal scents throughout the day. A few scented candles at the venue entrance, herbs on the tables, or at place settings, or a reed diffuser in the bathrooms are just some of our favourite ideas.
But, Above All…
Try not to get too hung up on it – if you have a tropical theme in winter, just go all in and your guests will love it! Keep up the positive vibes and embrace the opportunities of your new season.