Hot chocolate spoon wedding favours dipped in edible gold glitter

One of last year’s TNWC Real Brides, Nik, made these brilliant hot chocolate wedding favours for her wedding. She customised mugs and had these beautiful vintage teaspoons stamped with a message for each of her guests.

On the evening of their wedding guests were able to fill their mugs with hot milk and stir in a wooden spoon coated in chocolate. What a neat idea and a great way to have wedding favours that really get used as opposed to just taken home and forgotten about.

For an autumn or winter wedding in particular (but lets face it, hot chocolate is great at any time of the year!) I think the idea of hot chocolate wedding favours couldn’t be any more perfect. Here you have two options – hot chocolate spoons or jam jars of hot cocoa mix.

Hot cocoa mix wedding favours

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Elegant white tiered wedding cake drizzled with chocolate

It’s rainy and miserable outside, so if you are getting married during the winter months (no winter wonderland of snow for us British!) then a cake that brings some cheer is a must.

We’re all about going with the seasons here at The Natural Wedding Company, so lots of colourful fresh flowers isn’t such a viable option for a winter wedding. This simple tiered white cake, with its sharp edges and chocolate dripping down from each layer, seems to be both rustic and yet elegant at the same time.

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Greenery chandelier

As a wedding blogger I find it’s easy to get past Christmas and New Year and suddenly start thinking about spring – in fact, I’m all too guilty of doing this in my everyday life.  It’s a shame, because winter’s only just begun and apart from the rain and dark days it’s not all that bad.

I think that inspiration and ideas for winter weddings can often get overlooked, so today I wanted to share this image of a simple way to decorate your wedding venue for a seasonal winter wedding.  Just because it’s winter you don’t need to feel that seasonal foliage limits you to holly and ivy, or wreaths.  Keep your tables refined and uncluttered with a simple arrangement of candles (I really like how they are varying heights and sizes) and a scattering of fragrant woody herbs, and create a focal point of greenery wound round a metal chandelier.

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Colour Crush #4 - diesel blue and mercury grey

I love today’s colour scheme from Gabrielle and think it would be a beautiful palette for a New Year’s wedding, and what about stealing inspiration from those lovely star candle centrepieces? You can find more colour scheme inspiration from Gabrielle at The Green Gables by checking out her Colour Crush series so far.

Lighter colour palettes may be more popular than dark but deeper shades can give a winter wedding a wonderfully warm and cosy feeling. This colour palette of diesel blues and greys may be a little unusual but imagine it against a snowy backdrop with candles and exposed wood.

I can picture this palette working brilliantly in a cosy barn venue with twinkling fairy lights, lots of greenery and touches of light blues and greys to lift the deeper diesel colour.

What do you think, can you imagine using this palette in your winter wedding?

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Colour Crush #3 - holly berry red and icy white

It’s all about a Christmas inspired colour scheme on the blog today with this Colour Crush palette from Gabrielle at The Green Gables – lashings of festive holly berry red and icy white tones. 

Sometimes one colour is all you need. Red is a gorgeous colour to use in a Christmas wedding, not just because of its festive glow. Red is a bright, bold, cheerful, vibrant colour and in several cultures symbolises good luck and happiness.

You can choose the red to suit you, from bright orangey reds to deep purpley reds. Make red the prominent theme with solid blocks of colour in the flowers, bridesmaid dresses and stationery. Or for extra Christmas sparkle use red as an accent colour with lots of white and touches of silver and gold.

What’s your perfect palette for a Christmas wedding?

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DIY paper wreath from Hollyhock Lane

We haven’t had much of a chance to get that Christmassy here at The Natural Wedding Company, but today we have a great DIY project to inspire you all to get into the festive spirit.  The lovely Julie from Hollyhock Lane has put together this ‘how to’ guide on creating a simple wreath made from paper leaves – ideal for hanging in your home or equally nice to be incorporated into a winter wedding.

Over to Julie to tell you how to get crafting…

So it’s that time of year to adorn our houses with pretty ornaments and festive decorations and if you have even the smallest urge to make something, now is as good a time as any to get crafty.

Of course, if you’re getting married, then you probably have even more reasons to get those hands busy, so here’s a tutorial for a wintry wreath which can work as a Christmas decoration, but it’s not so obviously Christmassy that it could also work as an elegant wedding decoration. Think over the front of a church door or, perhaps, adorning a table or the back of an important chair or pew.

Materials Needed

DIY paper wreath materials from Hollyhock Lane

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Wreath base, mine was 30cm diameter (or you could make your own by winding together some hazel/willow twigs)
  • Decorative fake berries
  • Craft knife (not pictured)
  • Cardboard cereal pack (not pictured)
  • Super glue / hot glue gun / contact glue
  • Acrylic paint – white and brown (I used raw umber for my brown)

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A rustic naked wedding cake entwined with thyme sprigs for a winter wedding

Apologies for the break in my Cake Love posts, I have been busy taking care of baby Tilly and my sister Izzy has been snowed under with a project at University, so it’s been a challenge to keep up with the blog recently.

I wanted to start sharing some more wintry wedding ideas and inspiration as we head towards December – can you believe it’s almost here?!  Well this cake that I found to share with you today isn’t an actual wedding cake, but I think it would be rather lovely for a couple who want a cake that’s really down-to-earth.

It’s in the ‘naked cake’ style that has been quite popular this year, with its rough icing, which I think gives it a sort of ‘frosty’ appearance – perfect for a winter wedding.  The thyme sprigs that have been wrapped around also give it that wintry feel and I love the wild look they give the cake.

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