Let’s face it… summer is over, and with the winter months fast approaching, it’s time we start looking at different ideas for winter weddings.
Every season lends its own charms to a wedding, but winter with its early, star-studded nights, cosy log fires and, if you’re lucky, snow, is arguably the most magical of all and brings its own special kind of romance.
In general, winter weddings can be slightly cheaper as they are outside of the peak May to September wedding season, but it can be more expensive and trickier to book vendors for certain dates close to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. This being said, if you and your partner are big lovers of Christmas, a festive-themed wedding can be even more magical. Simple touches, such as using holly and mistletoe for centre pieces, naming the tables after reindeer or giving personalised baubles as favours are ways of giving a nod to your chosen theme without going overboard, which can veer towards tacky. If you really want to go the whole hog, you could even hire some reindeer and a sleigh to give you and your guests rides around the grounds of your venue.
You can create a frosty winter wonderland look by using a pale blue, white and silver colour palette, snowflake-shaped decorations and favours and mixing textures of fluffy fake fur and glistening crystals. Lots of twinkling lights are essential for this theme and you can also set the scene outside by stringing up fairy lights in the trees or even hiring a snow machine. You can set up a party photo booth for your guests to take fun pictures to take home as mementoes with winter-related accessories, such as Eskimo coats. Photo booth hire company Megabooth can also have the booth bedecked with decorations to suit your theme and to personalise it.
Obviously, the weather will be cold and if it isn’t raining you may want to take some photographs outside or have a fireworks display so you need to be prepared; fake fur stoles will help to keep the bride and bridesmaids warm and putting up a marquee with some outdoor heating will provide extra space for your guests to mingle and get some fresh air without freezing! You can also warm up your guests with a steaming pot of hot chocolate for them to help themselves to.
For a winter themed twist on the usual welcome drink of champagne, you could offer your guests mulled wine or a hot toddy with spiced warmed apple juice as a non-alcoholic option. A lot of venues and independent caterers change their menus several times during the year to keep in line with seasonal produce. Warming foods, such as mugs of soup instead of an evening finger food buffet is a welcome, seasonal change. Colour scheme-wise, winter weddings fall into two camps, either frosty blues and silvers or rich, deep jewel colours like plum and burgundy. Dark emerald green can fit nicely into a Christmas wedding, but bear in mind that it is traditionally seen as unlucky so it might be best to keep it just a touches or as part of a tartan blend.
Winter weddings bring their own special kind of romance and atmosphere that can really inspire you and makes them really memorable for you and your friends and family. Personally we love them. So put your bikinis away and let’s start the countdown to Christmas!
Photo Credits: Chubby Cheek Photography