Wedding number 2 

This is wedding season.  And because it is the season, the time has come to share some further wedding news with you. For those of you who don't already know Matt, my husband (did I mention we got married), is from New Zealand. I think it's safe to say New Zealand is a flipping long way away from everywhere.  Last stop on the bus trip.  Anyway, the distance coupled with the fact that Matt is from a large family means we would have needed our own A380 to fly them all to Southern Italy.

So what I thought a while back was: why not have a NZ wedding ceremony to celebrate our special day with all of Matt's family and friends. I also thought it would be a perfect opportunity for everyone to celebrate Matt's parents 50th wedding anniversary, which happened in July 2016. Matt, his parents and siblings, have not all been together in one place for 14 years so I thought, what perfect opportunity for a double celebration. As you get older you realise that people and memories are more important than material things, although I am partial to odd designer handbag.

So we started planning our NZ wedding in January 2016.  We spent the next 6 months liaising with our wedding planner, Leanne, at the Huka Lodge in Taupo, in New Zealand's beautiful central region of the North Island, to create our perfect winter wedding.

So, if a winter wedding celebration is an option for you here are 5 things you need to consider.

1) A hair style that will weather any storm, quite literally. I went for a Kate Middy 1/2 up 1/2 down do and by the end of the day I looked like Amy Winehouse.  So an up-do is always a safe option.

2) A fluffy bolero is a must.  From my experience these can be hard to find during the summer months.  Make sure when you choose your dress to take a sample of the fabric so that you can colour match. It also helps to be in the right bolero shopping season. There's always the online option but colour matching is not as easy over the internet. Good bridal stores will stock them too but be careful not to over pay as all the extras quickly add up. Mine was from New Look.

3) Add some color to your make-up look.  This will create a great contrast and add some colour to your look and your photographs in the absence of sunshine. I wore Karaja Wonder Fix Lipstain in red.  It's amazing!

4) Serve hot chocolate and mulled wine to warm your guests and get them in the mood for the traditional outdoor group photograph.

5) Fluffy blankets are an excellent idea to keep your guests warm,  You also get to colour  coordinate your guests - win, win.

With all of this experience of overseas weddings, an Italian wedding, a New Zealand wedding, a summer wedding, a winter wedding in hand I think I'm going to start a 'Bride Guide' soon.  It will be full of learnings from our year of weddings. Let me know if you have any stories you'd like to share about your big day, or questions you'd like to ask.

Check out my next blog to see photos of the dress I choose for our winter wedding.

Love Piper x