• Cost: You are able to save on costs as this time; service providers are idle and will not mind taking a job at a lower cost.
• Wedding dress: The season can also mean deep discounts on wedding dresses since many businesses are hoping to boost their non-peak season sales.
• Beverages: Your guests will be glad to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. This means cutting back on expensive cold beverages.
Holding your wedding in the chilly weather has its pleasures, writes Gardy Chacha
In Africa, the cold season is characterised by chilly mornings, development of mist and fog, torrential rains and unusually low temperatures. The season comes with a subtle swoosh of cold.
In most parts of Kenya, the season strikes between June and August. That explains why your recent mornings have been misty, foggy and soggy with chilling spasms. Your beau proposed months ago and you said ‘Yes’, but in your calculation you thought the cold season wouldn’t have started or would have ended.
You can’t say ‘No’ now because everyone in your family is buoyant with expectation about coming day. So, the wedding has to go on — remember it’s their wedding and only the marriage is yours. Besides, the planning might already be driving the poor guy into delirium and complaints of cold weather will only worsen the situation.
Actually, holding your wedding in the cold season has its own pleasures. Many others will probably move the occasion to a different date, so that leaves you and your partner available for all the complements. But what is of essence is to engage your faculties in blending different aspects of the occasion to be in tandem with the celebrations in this cold season.
From the dress code to the cake, to flowers, to the venue-layout and to all the little things that in the end prove ingenious, your wedding should seem well thought out.
Here is some information as offered by Rahab Monte of Knots and Blooms wedding planners:
Consider a less-is-more approach to your colour palette. For the ceremony, try a white velvet aisle runner trimmed with white satin ribbon or decorate the altar with a crystal curtain backdrop. If you fancy umbrellas, which are quintessential, go for rich browns, cool greys, black, tangerine,?fuchsia, ruby,?sky blue?and lime. These too add warmth to the rather gloomy weather.
Flowers like lilies, roses, carnations and statice among others are available for any season. Flowers that blend with white and green are, however, considered pure and naturally appealing. Add sparkle to your bouquet by wrapping the stems in green or white ribbons. Kenya is blessed with a variety of flowers.
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