Winter weddings are magical. The festivities are beginning, and the fire is roaring; snow dusts the rooftops and the food is rich and comforting.
Okay, this may not be typical of a UK winter, but you can sure make your wedding just as enchanting and romantic as the movies suggest.
Here are some of our favourite ideas that’ll ensure your winter wedding is truly unforgettable.
1. Warm Up Your Winter Wedding
If you’re worried about your guests feeling chilly, you can stock up on some delightful winter warmers to really put the festivities into your wedding day.
Offer mulled wine and cider. As an alcohol-free option, hot chocolate is always a winner and will make your guests feel lovely and cosy as they sip on their drinks and celebrate your special day.
To take this idea further, create a bar area that’s dedicated solely to hot drinks and where the guests can serve themselves. Fill jars with chocolate sprinkles, marshmallows, candy canes whipped cream. Get bottles of coffee syrup: vanilla, caramel and chocolate orange. We don’t mind if we do!
If any part of your ceremony is outside, you could offer big chunky blankets to keep your guests’ cosy. Furthermore, check with your venue to see if they have any heated areas outdoors. And of course, you need to ensure that your venue is adequately heated inside!
2. Winter Wedding Accessories
If you have to venture outside, why not stay snug in a gorgeous faux fur coverup? From cropped jackets to wraps, there’s so many colours and styles that will match your chosen theme and make you or the bride look like a total winter princess.
For the dress, make sure to opt for something that’s elegant and long. You’ll not only look utterly sophisticated, but you’ll shield your legs from that cold wind. Brrr! You’re also more likely to protect those dainty heels if you step outside. Although, we do recommend brining a spare pair with you! Your bridesmaids should be on hand to help you with your dress and ensure that the bottom does not get dirty.
3. Winter Wedding Themes and Colour Schemes
Winter is a fantastic season to opt for a themed wedding. It won’t be too hot to dress up and it’ll add that extra magic to your day.
The Roaring Twenties - Glitz and Glamour Galore
If you love a bit of 1920s glitz and glamour, then why not incorporate it into your wedding? T’is the season of beads, sequins and glitter after all! It’s all in the detail so embellished dresses are a winner. You’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses to match.
In terms of colour scheme, you could choose black and gold which will truly reflect the opulent nature of the theme. If you’d like to add a pop of colour, you could incorporate a purple which is sophisticated and regal, yet colourful and fun.
Alternatively, you might decide to steer towards cool tones, like silver, grey and dusky pink.
Wedding in a Winter Wonderland
Is it even possible to have a winter wedding without considering this theme? We think not. There are so many colour schemes that will work perfectly with a winter wonderland theme. You could consider a classy, all-white scheme to emulate a crisp, snowy setting.
If this feels a little too plain for you, how about adding in silver and turquoise or lilac?
If you’d like to warm things up a little, you could consider an emerald green, ivory and gold theme. Wrap dainty fairy lights around plants and greenery to turn your venue into an enchanted forest with a winter twist!
All I Want for Christmas is a Winter Wedding
If you’re planning on saying ‘I Do’ over the festive period, then you might like to consider sprinkling a little Christmas spirit over your special day. Turn your venue into a classy version of Santa’s Grotto complete with a Christmas tree and decorations of your choice.
If you’re not keen on the idea of a big Christmas tree, you could go for a miniature version. We recommend adding lots of greenery, dainty fairy lights and tealight candles and, obviously, don’t forget the mistletoe!
A black-tie dress code would look super chic and it would fit perfectly with the winter vibe. You could add a deep red and a dark green into your colour scheme which would stylishly fit in with the theme. Place small, wrapped gifts on the tables for your guests to open as an inexpensive but equally sweet gesture. In terms of food, you could serve a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Yum!
4. Winter Wedding Tips
Plan Ahead for Every Outcome
First and foremost, ensure that you’ve thoroughly planned ahead. Obviously, this piece of advice applies to every wedding but arguably, there is even more to plan for when organising a winter wedding. Remember, you could be faced with heavy rain, snow, or other hazardous weather conditions. It’s important to think about and discuss how you would cope with different outcomes with your venue and anyone else that you’ve hired.
You should consider the fact that travelling may take a little longer and factor the extra time into your schedule. The bride being fashionably late is one thing but missing the ceremony altogether would be disastrous! Encourage your guests to plan ahead too and allow extra travel time to ensure that they arrive on time.
Keeping Your Guests Warm
Above, we mentioned how to keep yourself and your bridesmaids warm but if any part of your ceremony is outside, you should prewarm your guests. You want your guests to look back fondly on your special day and reminisce about the fantastic time they had; not about how cold it was! Hand out blankets and warm drinks to ensure that they’re extra toasty.
Of course, a winter wedding also means a festive send off, so you might want to pick accordingly, such as a warmer Benidorm hen weekend, or you could embrace the cold and go for an Edinburgh hen do.