Your West Midlands Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 89)

WINTER BLUES What wedding dress styles and colours would you suggest for a winter wedding? When choosing a style for a winter wedding, it’s a good idea to keep it seasonal; go for something a bit more covered-up instead of a sheer design. High necks and long sleeves with tulle and lace appliqué are on trend at the moment, or you could go for a heavier fabric such as Mikado or duchess satin with a wide off-the-shoulder neckline. If your preference is something a bit lighter and less covered up, team it with a faux fur or feather shrug, giving it a winter wonderland feel. We think ivory will still be the mainstream colour for most winter weddings in the coming two years, but if you want to add a pop of colour, think forest green, champagne gold, and deep red for a warm, rich look. The team at June Peony Bridal Couture SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND What jewellery will be popular for weddings in 2024? In terms of engagement and wedding rings, I’ve seen clients becoming more playful and bold in their choice of jewellery, so I expect to see a rise in chunky creations in 2024 and perhaps more gemstone set designs. Our signature Art Deco style is seeing a real revival at the moment, so I imagine step-cut stones like emerald cuts and asscher cuts will also gain in popularity. Our pearl earrings continue to be the go-to choice for brides, as do our tennis bracelets, as they’re perfect for the big day and beyond. While we’re seeing a rise in confident designs, our clients are still keen to have an element of longevity. Timelessness, of course, will forever be in style. Laura Vann A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR I’d like to give my bridal look a touch of glamour. What would you suggest for a winter wedding? For me, glamour means lavish looks with a hint of playfulness. A lot lies in the finer details, such as considering how your complexion will reflect in the lower light and how your silhouette will form as the golden hour approaches and the natural light fades away. As strobe lighting and disco balls take daylights place, your makeup must hold up while your hair takes centre stage. Flyaways will be visible in the contrast of light and dark. While this is fitting for a relaxed, bohemian ceremony, you may think about a hairstyle that provides more hold or incorporates more gloss. Opt for some sparkly hair jewellery. This will look beautiful and become a focal point after your veil is removed. Consider the quality of your piece and how consistent it is with your theme. Your make-up will be most impactful where you can incorporate darker accents. This doesn’t mean you have to opt for a full smokey eye. For example, try some cluster lashes to frame and accentuate your eye shape; experiment with some tight liner to thicken the lash line; choose a deeper tone of blush; define your brows; and be bold when choosing a lip shade, always lining first for the perfect pout. Glamour quite literally means ‘a magic spell’ and winter provides the perfect backdrop for you to have your guests and spouse spellbound. Naomi Scott-Milton EXPERT ADVICE 81