Festive Weddings – Unlocking the Charm and Beauty of Winter
Whilst the spring and summer months are especially popular for those tying the knot, with no guarantees weather-wise, many couples are shifting away from the warmer seasons in favour of a much cooler commemoration. Yes, even in the face of plummeting temperatures and blustery weather conditions, winter can offer a beauty and charm that simply cannot be recreated at other times of the year. Here I take a closer look at how you can make winter the perfect time to celebrate your nuptials.
A certain romance
In addition to the prospect of less competition and lower prices, with the dark nights drawing in earlier, winter provides the ideal time to let your romantic imagination run wild.
Despite daylight hours being few and far between, the light on offer can create a truly magical scene. Think candles, fairy lights, tea lights, open fires and lanterns to continue and enhance the romantic theme long after the sun has gone down. It is important however to make sure timings for the ceremony and reception are just right as you will want some daylight for photography before, during and shortly after the ceremony. Remember, a ceremony booked for 3pm will mean no natural light once you leave the church or your chosen venue. Your wedding planner can advise you on how to get the best of both worlds and take advantage of the beautiful scenery that is synonymous with this season by booking your ceremony earlier in the day.
Your quest for the ultimate winter wonderland shouldn’t end with lighting. The sheer selection of beautiful arrangements possible thanks to seasonal blooms and other decorative options can and will create a stunning scene, whether you intend to stick with ultra-modern whites, creams and metallics or opt for more traditional, darker shades of red and purple. Flowers specific to the winter season include cyclamen, irises, winter jasmine, freesias, lilies, roses and stephanotis so whatever your theme or colour scheme you are certain to be spoilt for choice. Choosing to decorate your venue using velvet, sequins and fur will also add to that luxe winter feel.
Don’t skip the seasonal details
Incorporating Christmas is one option many brides and grooms can consider when planning their winter wedding and there are a number of tasteful ideas that can be called upon to complement your theme and make your ceremony and reception truly festive. From bauble shaped cupcakes and snowflake adorned cookie favours to pine cone place cards and hot chocolate with candy cane stirrers, there are so many cute details that can be personalised to ensure those much loved seasonal highlights can be a part of your special day.
Forgoing a champagne reception in favour of serving mulled wine and cider will not only evoke the scent of Christmas, but will also be a welcoming, warming drink for your guests. Similarly, offering a hearty roast dinner will also complement the theme well and can be served with seasonal accompaniments.
Chic and cosy clothing
The hunt for the perfect wedding dress is no less important to brides getting married in winter than it is for those getting married in the summer, but do bear in mind that along with your gown, you may also need to budget for more practical accessories to keep the cold out. Being realistic when it comes to dressing you, your groom and bridal party is vital. There are a number of chic and stylish wedding gowns and accessory options available that are suitable for the winter season. Temperley London is just one label that provides specific styles for brides this season, from regal laces and rich ribbon work to more modern hand worked details and embellishment. Alice Temperley’s dreamy and decadent winter 2015 bridal collection provides silhouettes for all shapes. Jenny Packham is another fantastic designer whose dresses are famous for having that added sparkle perfect for Christmas and winter.
Alongside a selection of stunning winter wedding gowns, stoles, shawls, capes and even chic cardigans provide excellent, stylish accessories. The same theory applies to your bridesmaids after all chattering teeth and blue lips have no place in any wedding album! A change of footwear, such as a pair of glossy white wellington boots, may be necessary, particularly if you plan to make the most of your chosen venue’s grounds. Think comfort, warmth and weatherproof to avoid getting cold feet when selecting a practical pair of shoes for outdoor photographs.
The back-up plan
Whilst I like to imagine that every winter wedding will be blessed with picturesque, snowy scenes, the UK weather can be especially unpredictable and I recommend all my clients have well considered rainy day plans in place for peace of mind no matter what time of year they are getting married. Winter weather conditions can halt the most cautious plans especially when booking transportation for you, your groom and your wedding party. Vehicles and snow are a troubling mix at the best of times, however, liaising with your chosen transportation company in advance regarding alternatives should the worst happen will ensure your ceremony and reception can go ahead as planned. I would recommend holding your ceremony and reception in one venue to make transport easier in case of bad weather.
You should also consider wedding insurance during your preparations as heavy rain, snow and ice are all possible, and could affect how your suppliers reach you on the day itself. A specialist policy can cover your wedding for every eventuality.
As an experienced and dedicated wedding planner, I have helped clients across Hertfordshire realise their wedding day dreams, and my bespoke planning and organisation services have been at the centre of a number of exceptional festive weddings. Creating a beautiful, wintery wedding isn’t always easy so please contact me for advice with your wedding plans and take a look at my Pinterest boards for more winter wedding ideas.