Winter weddings rock! Don’t let anyone ever tell you differently. Yes, with summer weddings comes the sun (hopefully), sleeveless dresses, and al fresco receptions but with winter weddings comes all manner of fun and festive themes. From late October onwards, there are countless autumnal and winter twists you can add to your big day to create an atmosphere that you and your guests will not forget. Here are a few to get you started.
A lantern-lined entrance way, pre-reception drinks in front of a roaring log fire, a candlelit dining room decorated with festive colours in rich golds and deep reds – winter is the season of sumptuous scenes. Your table decorations can feature glitter and baubles for a festive feel or twigs and pinecones for a wintry feel.
Your florist will advise you on the best bouquet arrangements for the autumn/winter season but depending on your chosen theme, you could opt for darker colours such as reds or purples decorated with winterberries or a frosted white and silver bouquet with glittered details. And don’t forget your wedding cake! Winter is the best time for chocolate cake (molten lava cake anyone?) and there so many options for decorating it – snowflakes, berries, white twigs, glitter, frosted flowers to list just a few.
Speaking of food. Without a doubt, the menu at a winter wedding should reflect the season. Not only can you offer hot canapés with spicy winter cocktails or mulled wine for the welcome reception but the main meal can feature stronger flavours or heartier options. From venison with roasted chestnuts to classic shepherds pie to a traditional Christmas dinner, there are a plenty of mouth-watering catering options you can choose to keep your wedding guests warm and content.
The autumn and winter months are also an ideal time to host a themed event. You could go crazy with a vintage 1940s moody blues theme or something a little easier to pull off such as an autumn harvest, winter wonderland, or Christmassy ceremony. Use Pinterest and magazines for inspiration and create a mood board to keep track of your ideas. From holly table decorations to fake snow, once you start looking you’ll find countless winter wedding theme ideas.
If your wedding will take place in the lead up to Christmas, check with the venue how they plan on decorating the rooms you will be using or having access to. While the venue’s giant Christmas tree complete with flashing fairy lights and multi-coloured tinsel is certainly festive, it may not complement your more subtle wintry vintage theme.
While a wedding ceremony accompanied by an impromptu snowfall may sound like the most romantic and picturesque event ever, be mindful of the challenges such a downfall could present. Will a snow storm cause difficulties getting to and from the venue? Will your guests be warm enough? Make sure you list any potential problems and come up with a solution for all. It may be as simple as having a basket of blankets available for those post-photo chills, but if your venue is remote and there could be bad weather, you may have to put more detailed plans in place.
Think a wintry wedding is for you? Check out my dedicated Pinterest board for lots more winter wedding ideas and inspirations. Or, if you think you could benefit from my wedding planning services, contact me today to discuss your plans.
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