Mood Board: Ideas and trends for winter weddings

Two-piece wedding gowns

Limor Rosen at HITCHED! Bridal

Two-piece wedding gowns aren’t just flattering and fresh, but they’re also perfect for the chilly winter season. If you’re throwing a snow-kissed celebration abroad, consider pairing a fitted cashmere top with a classic round skirt.

Winter whites

Photo: The Wedding Company

If the movie Frozen taught us anything, it’s that winter can be absolutely ethereal. Even without snow, you can still get the look by decking out the venue in soft shades of white. When the palette’s kept simple you can go wild with contrasting textures – think white roses, marble, crystals, wood, and more.

Statement earrings


When done right, statement earrings can add a serious dose of glamour to your bridal look. And to be really on trend, consider a retro choker to match.

Seasonal cocktails

Put down that aperol spritz! This season is all about warming welcome cocktails that channel that winter wonderland – think cinnamon-imbued ciders, negronis, and pomegranate martinis.

Eye-popping colours

Your makeup says just as much about your style as the dress, which is why bold brides are embracing surprising eyeshadow shades. A shock of blue, mint, or a bit of gold leaf can change the look completely.

Party portraits

Creative couples will love this photobooth alternative. Instead of stocking up on Polaroid film, hire a Hong Kong illustrator – like Kitty Wong (@kittynwong) – to sketch portraits of your guests and perhaps even capture your ceremony. Now that’s a personal touch!

Go green

It’s cool to be eco-friendly – and not that difficult either. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste at an event is to avoid disposable straws. Instead, opt for stainless steel or glass straws which can double as a wedding favour! We love these from The Pineapple Company, which are $170 per set from Lane Crawford Home.

Emerald elements

The Silver Lining Wedding Journal

Timeless and regal, it’s no surprise this stylish shade is popping up everywhere this year, from bouquets to bridesmaid dresses. You can easily incorporate emerald into your big day, whether it’s a tiny pop of colour in the centrepieces or as a major player in your wedding palette.

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Mimosa bars and other inspired ideas

 Get ready for another whimsical wedding season ahead – crystal cakes, donut walls, DIY tattoo corners and all. Wedding stylist Vicky C. of The Theme Wedding weighs in on the hottest trends.
Who doesn’t love a fresh mimosa? After years of over-complicated concoctions, couples are turning back to this crowd- pleasing cocktail with make- your-own mimosa bars and slight twists on the classic.
Another super-sweet trend is donuts – ready-made spreads and DIY tables, where guests can decorate their favourite fried treats with frosting, sprinkles
and the like. It’s equal parts delicious and interact.
Couples are finding new ways to make their day memorable – including temporary tattoo corners. A fun touch for any reception, tattoos can be custom-designed to reflect your wedding’s colours and theme.
Calligraphy, last year’s big trend, is appearing alongside unconventional patterns, like marble. These swirling styles will lend an instant sophistication to any invite.
If crystals catch your eye, then these cakes will steal your heart. The “geode” themed cake is in high gear this season, with towering desserts designed to resemble all your favourite minerals with a funky depth effect and, in some cases, glitzy gold foil. These cakes are almost too pretty to eat.


Founder of The Theme Wedding Design, Vicky C. designs personalised weddings with innovative ideas and inspiration from around the world.
Unit 1604, 135 Bonham Strand Trade Centre, 135 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan,

Real Weddings: Mark And Laine Koon Murray


Mark And Laine Koon Murray

Interview: Kate Springer

After meeting on a dragon boat team in London, Mark and Laine married in Hong Kong eight years later. The ceremony took place on the Star Ferry’s Meridian Star in the middle the harbour, followed by a reception at The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club in Wong Chuk Hang.

Q How’d Mark pop the question?

Laine Murray: It was a complete surprise and out-of-character PDA… he asked in the queue at the departure gate just before a flight back to the UK for Christmas. I turned around and Mark was on one knee! We have great memories every time we see “our” departure gate at Hong Kong Airport.

Q Why the Star Ferry for the ceremony?

LM: The Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour are so iconic. We wanted to incorporate a part of Hong Kong history into our wedding since we have spent the majority of our time as a couple here. As with Hong Kong Airport, we do get a little nostalgic whenever we find ourselves down at Central Pier, and always try to spot the Meridian Star crossing the harbour.


Q What advice would you give to couples looking for outdoor venues?

LM: Prepare for the unpredictable Hong Kong weather – heat, humidity and typhoons! We gave customised wooden Chinese fans as a wedding favour for the ceremony on the Star Ferry, and kept our fingers firmly crossed for calm seas. As a backup, we did make sure we were able to hold the ceremony at The Butchers Club.

Q What were you most stressed about before the ceremony?

LM: We had a few hiccups on the day including a champagne delivery fail and a missing bus driver. But we quickly realised that we didn’t need everything to be perfect, the important thing was that we were getting married, with family and closest friends to celebrate our big day.

Q What was your favourite moment?

LM: Just before the ceremony was due to start, David, our celebrant, came into the bridal area looking very serious and quietly announced that my part of the vows had blown overboard! Then the ferry staff didn’t know how to work the sound system, and we ended up playing the “Wedding March” three times. We found it hilarious!

Q What did guests enjoy the most?


LM: The boys were on great form for the door games before the Chinese tea ceremony in the morning. Let’s just say that mankinis, Beyonce and bananas were involved! For the rest of our guests, I’d say the open top bus ride from Central Ferry Pier to the reception in Aberdeen.


In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: Having our families out from the UK; an amazing photographer and fantastic decor for the reception.

Glad I saved on: Favours, by ordering from Taobao and customising; I also designed our invitations.

Wish I spent on: A decor team to jazz up the ferry.

Wish I saved on: My cheongsam and evening dress. I didn’t want to change out of my wedding dress.



Caterer: The Butchers Club (

Transport: Star Ferry (; Big Bus (www.

Photographer: Justin Lim Photography ( Florist and venue decor: Workshop Weddings (www.

Dress: elDevere Bridal (180 Queen’s Road Central, 6488-8330)

Rings: Haywards of Hong Kong (

Suit: Misurino Tailors (

Entertainment: Mark and a friend took care of the music.

Gift Favours: Taobao (

Invitations: Ringo Ching, M-Forest Production (mforest1998.wixsite. com/mforest)


If you’re planning an extravagant event and want it to run as smoothly as possible, contact Kim Williams from Fete. A former performer, she knows the importance of a detailed itinerary, and having dabbled in photography, videography and design, rest assured of her impeccable taste. With contacts that can hook you up with everything from invitation cards to balloon sculptures, you can relax and let the Fete team do all the hard work for you.


The Wedding Company

This wedding planning company was established in 2003 by Michele Li and Caroline Shaw, whose combined knowledge in catering, floral arrangements, event management and gemology mean that they know the ins and outs of wedding planning, from helping grooms pick a ring to organization on the day itself. With the ability to organize a full range of services, The Wedding Company’s aim is to save you time and leave you free to enjoy your wedding without stressing over the details.

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