There’s something rather magical about a winter wedding. The snow-dusted countryside, indulgent food and drink, festive decor… we love it all! But organising a winter wedding can take some careful planning to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Here are a few of our top tips on how to organise the perfect winter wedding.
Consider your venue
There’s no point in organising a stunning wedding in an outdoor venue if it’s going to be 2 degrees outside! If you’re planning on having a winter wedding, carefully consider what your venue options are. Will guests need to hang around outside while you get your photos taken? Will you need to provide your own heating for marquees?
Whatever kind of venue you choose, be sure to consider these kinds of things. Having an outdoor-focused winter wedding certainly isn’t impossible - just make sure you’ve organised plenty of heating and blankets to keep your guests nice and cosy!
You may also want to look for a venue where you can have the ceremony and reception all in one place. This cuts down on the need to travel between venues - which can sometimes be difficult in bad winter weather.
Take photos when it’s light
In the winter, the sun tends to set quite early. Make sure you factor this into your wedding plans so your photographer isn’t trying to capture your photos in the pitch dark! Be sure to check what time the sun will set on your wedding day, so you can plan this in advance.
On the positive side, you’ll be able to capture some beautiful “golden hour” photographs just as the sun is setting. Just in case the weather is particularly bad, make sure you’ve scouted out an indoor photography location you can use in an emergency.
Have a cloakroom
As it’s winter, chances are all your guest will have coats with them. Rather than having to carry their jackets all day, or trying to find chairs to drape them on, make sure you set up a cloakroom or coat check area in your venue. This will keep everyone’s coats neat, tidy and safe at your winter wedding.
Winter wedding fashion
You don’t need to compromise on being cosy or fashionable - you can have both! Why not opt for a luxurious faux fur stole to keep you warm whilst taking photos outdoors? White gloves can also make a stylish addition to your bridal outfit.
If your wedding dress (or bridesmaid dresses) are full length, you could even wear a pair of thick tights underneath to keep you cosy!
Embrace the hygge trend
The hygge trend is huge this year, and it works perfectly for winter weddings. Incorporate cosy blankets, faux fur rugs and throws, and plenty of candles into your wedding decor.
Take advantage of the dark evenings and use sparklers, fairy lights, lanterns and candles to light up your venue with a warm glow.
Be seasonal without being too festive
As much as we love Christmas, this is a wedding not a Christmas party. Rather than going full-on with festive decor and food, stick to a more subtle nod to the festive season.
Use food that’s in season to create your menu, offer warming winter drinks like mulled wine instead of fizz and decorate with winter flowers and foliage, such as evergreen pines and holly berries. But keep things subtle and stylish. Avoid a red and green colour scheme - instead opt for natural tones with pops of metallic gold or copper.
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