If you are in the midst of planning your perfect winter wedding, you’ll be dreaming of crisp snowy landscapes, hearty food and making a stunning declaration of love with your partner.
It’s possible you might also be feeling stressed and worried! Winter is a great time to have your special day but everyone knows that our wonderful British winters can be unpredictable.
Nevertheless the beautiful backdrop winter creates can make an atmosphere magical and there are plenty of advantages to having a winter wedding. It’s being a less busy time of year, which means you have a better chance of getting the venues and suppliers you want. There are usually some great discounts on offer too and when you look back at your photos, the difference in fashion will make your wedding stand out for all the right reasons.
To help you plan the perfect winter wedding, we’ve come up with some top tips which should hopefully calm your nerves and give you confidence that your winter wedding will be amazing!
1. One of the most important decisions is where you will get married. For the perfect winter wedding, a fairytale festive venue can be the icing on the cake! For example, Knowsley Hall’s stunning main house and gardens make a beautiful Christmas wedding location, easily accessible from Liverpool, Manchester and all points in the North West. Finding a venue where you can have the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening do is also important in the winter, to avoid any unnecessary travelling that might spoil the guests’ outfits.
2. When it comes to the catering, a winter wedding offers up all sorts of fantastic alternatives to the traditional wedding breakfast. Why not enjoy a fine dining take on Christmas dinner for example? With a winter berry dessert, yule log or even mini Christmas cakes. You could even have little gingerbread men as the wedding favours.
3. The wedding cake itself is traditionally very similar to a Christmas cake in its ingredients and fits well (some would say better) for a winter wedding. However there’s no reason that you can’t switch things up. Chocolate is another firm favourite, or you could opt for a tree of cupcakes, all designed with icy, wintry icing.
4. When it comes to choosing your dress, the groom’s outfit and what the bridesmaids and groomsmen are going to wear, winter offers the opportunity to do something a little different. Elegant long sleeves can add a wow factor to your dress, as can a beautiful wrap or even a small jacket. For practical reasons it’s worth wearing a thicker pair of tights than usual under your dress to fend off the cold while you’re having your photos done. Don’t forget matching cover ups for your bridesmaids! For the groom, you can consider a velvet jacket while for the groomsmen a thicker woollen suit can lend a country gent look to proceedings.
5. A winter wedding can be a really cosy affair, however large your party. Work with your venue to create a warm atmosphere indoors so guests feel they have a real respite from the chilly conditions outside. Dressing the room can add to the spectacle, with holly wreaths and candles helping create an ambience you can’t achieve during the summer. Take advantage of the season to use reds and greens and hang fairy lights and snowflakes to turn your venue into a winter wonderland. Or, depending on your budget, why not bring the outside indoors, with exposed tree decorations and indoor snow! Don’t forget glitter, adding sparkle, whether it’s to the table, your outfit or even the food, can add to the wintry feel.
We hope these tips are useful as you plan your winter wedding. Keep your wedding plans on-track with our handy 25 Question Wedding Checklist.
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