Planning a Winter Wedding

In recent years (in the aftermath of Covid), winter weddings have increased in popularity. Gone are the days when everyone thought you had to plan a wedding for the spring or summer months. Winter weddings can be just as stunning as one in the summer (let's face it, with the UK weather, the weather on the day is unpredictable anyway!) and many venues offer cheaper rates over the winter months too.

Planning a winter wedding can be a magical and enchanting experience. Here are some tips to help you create a memorable winter celebration...

Choose the Right Venue:
Look for venues that complement the winter season, such as historic buildings, cosy cabins, or venues with fireplaces. Consider places that can accommodate both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Winter Decor:
Embrace the season with winter-themed decor. Think about incorporating elements like pinecones, evergreen branches, candles, and fairy lights to create a warm and festive atmosphere.

Colour Palette:
Opt for a colour palette that reflects the winter season. Classic choices include deep reds, greens, gold, silver, and icy blues. These colours can be incorporated into your decorations, flowers, and attire.

Warm Invitations:
Set the tone with invitations that reflect the winter theme. Consider using rich, textured paper and include elements like snowflakes or winter landscapes.

Choose attire that will keep you and your bridal party warm. Long sleeves, faux fur wraps, and elegant shawls can be stylish additions. Consider darker and richer colours for your gown and bridesmaid dresses.

Hot Beverage Station:
Set up a hot chocolate or mulled wine station to keep your guests warm. You can also include a variety of teas and coffee options.

Winter Flowers:
Select flowers that are in season during the winter months. Consider blooms like roses, amaryllis, anemones, and pinecones for a festive touch.

Cosy Seating:
Provide comfortable seating areas with plush cushions and blankets for guests to enjoy the celebration. This is especially important if you have an outdoor component to your wedding.

Winter Menu:
Serve a menu with hearty and warming dishes. Consider seasonal favourites like roasted vegetables, soups, and comfort foods. Incorporate a hot chocolate or dessert bar for a sweet touch.

Photo Opportunities:
Take advantage of the winter landscape for stunning photos. Snowy landscapes, bare trees, and even twilight shots can create a magical backdrop.

Weather Contingency Plans:
Be prepared for the possibility of inclement weather. Have a backup plan for outdoor ceremonies or receptions, and consider renting tents or outdoor heaters.

Send guests home with winter-themed favours such as personalised ornaments, hot cocoa mix, or cosy blankets.

Plan entertainment that suits the season. Consider a live band playing festive music or even a winter-themed photo booth.

Remember to be flexible and embrace the unique charm that a winter wedding can offer. With careful planning, your winter celebration can be a truly magical and unforgettable experience for you and your guests.