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Hot topic: Winter weddings

Have the perfect winter wedding with our expert advice

Cake Design

Cake Design

Q. What types of cake flavours and designs would you suggest to reflect a winter wedding?

A. Emma Marston says: Winter is the time of year to feel cosy and warm, it conjures up images of traditional log fires and snow days.

We indulge in lovely warm colours which washes away the greyness of outside such as deep reds and oranges with dark green foliage – a perfect contrast against a crisp white wedding cake. Add a little edible sparkle to bring snow to your wedding day as well as swathes of beautiful handcrafted sugar flowers in pure white and crimson cascade down your cake for a magical feel.

Alternatively, white-on-white cakes look so elegant for a winter wedding, or perhaps touches of pale sky blue with spiralling sparkly snowflakes and accents of deep midnight blue and edible silver leaves.

Don't forget about the inside of your cake as it's just as important! In winter we tend to have more luxurious tastes like spiced ginger and orange buttercream or rich chocolate cake with a cherry brandy ganache and cherry preserve. Other flavours include spiced apple and cinnamon cake with caramel that will smell and taste delicious. Traditionalists will love a brandy-soaked rich fruit cake.

All in all, it will make you want winter and your wedding day to never end!

Festive favours

Festive favours

Q. For our winter wedding, I really would love to give guests festive favours to remember our special day. What would you suggest?

A. Abbie Hancock says: We suggest our beautiful walnut festive place names, tick two things off your list in one go! Our walnut place names double up as a favour that your guests can keep as a little personal memento from the special day. Cut in the shape of a star and featuring a little holly motif, they're perfect for a festive wedding with each individually designed and laser engraved for every guest. Use a ribbon to match wedding colours and tie together cutlery around your napkins or fasten around your wine glass stems to complete stylish festive table décor.

Something a little different and the perfect addition to a Christmas tree that allows guests to use them year after year!

Wedding dresses

Wedding dresses

Q. My future husband and I are planning our wedding and I want the perfect dress, what styles and collection are set to be hot for 2020?

A. Caroline Vickery-Clark says: Firstly congratulations on your forthcoming wedding! Here at Caroline Clark Bridal Boutique, Droitwich, we're so excited for the 2020 wedding dresses designs, they're sure to impress. Some of the key styles and trends for 2020 are elegant simplicity, pretty necklines and extraordinary sparkle. Designers such as Aurora by Nicole and Romantica have created the most beautiful elegantly simple dresses. From completely plain mikado ball gowns to fitted crepe gowns featuring the most delicate lace, these dresses really allow brides-to-be to shine.

From Bardot necklines to V-necks and pretty spaghetti straps. These unusual and flattering necklines offer a modern alternative to the strapless gown and offering glamorous gowns for brides.

One of my absolute favourite trends for 2020 brides is extraordinary sparkle. Whether you like a little hint of sparkle or you want a dress which sparkles with every step the 2020 selection of wedding dresses feature sparkling sequins and elegant sparkle tulle. One of our favourite gowns is AUA20251 by Aurora, a beautiful tulle gown featuring the softest tulle with floral lace cascading through the dress which sparkles every time you move.

Warming canapés

Warming canapés

Q. For our winter wedding we want to have warming canapés to give guests some tasty snacks for the drinks reception. What would you suggest?

A. Satnam Kaur says: When asked what starters or canapés we'd serve at a drinks reception it has to be chaats. In India, chaat is a word that describes more than just snacks and canapés – it's a way of life. The crispy, crunchy, spicy and tangy snack is down-right addictive!

We serve a wide variety of chaats, vegetable ones and non vegetable, which are great for starters such as Pani puri, a spherical fried crisps filled with potatoes, chickpeas, onions, and chutneys, served with tamarind flavoured water. To eat a golgappa, you spoon a little bit of the water into the centre of the crisp, it's truly a sensational experience. Another great chaat we serve is samosas chaat – this is a dish that gets taste buds dancing and is made of a base of chopped samosas, topped with chutney, yoghurt and sev. Our aloo tikki chaat is always a talking point which is spiced potato patties topped with a punjabi garnish and when dipped liberally with the cilantro and mint chutneys gets lips smacking.

Here at Urban Spice Box, we're a family-operated mobile catering business based in the west midlands who's expertise come from the streets of Punjab to the British wedding scene where we bring you Indian flavours with the best British ingredients. From starters to desserts we've got it!

Winter menu

Winter menu

Q. We want a winter menu for our wedding in February, what types of yummy food would you suggest?

A. Richard Cummins says: Here's the perfect winter menu that has received a great response from before, it's from an competition earlier this year to raise money to support Anthony Nolan, a charity that helps people suffering from blood cancer. It was a prize for six people who raised more than £1,600 on the evening.

This five-course menu was written specifically for February and includes a hot starter featuring chicken and chorizo roulade, a beautiful winter warming dish of slow-braised beef in ale and with Burton-on-Trent just up the road, good ale is a no-brainer! This was paired with roasted winter roots and everyone's favourite – a velvet-like buttery mash with just a pinch of nutmeg and garlic.

For dessert an indulgently rich chocolate marquis with a smooth mascarpone to cut through that rich Belgian chocolate is perfect.

Rich desserts and the odd cheeky reminder that summer's just around the corner, such as our pina colada parfait for amuse-bouche. We tend to offer this complimentary on our menu's and keep this a secret for the evening, giving customer a surprise and the chef a chance to go off script and do what their best at.