Our favourite ideas that embrace and celebrate the season.
The quieting beauty of a sparkling white frosted landscape. The clarity of early morning sunshine cutting across cold air. The welcoming glow of a log fire to warm the soul as well as cold hands and noses. The dark evenings that bring with them a collective desire to hunker down with a hearty feast in good company. We could go on…!
We love winter and all of the warming ideals that the colder months usher in. Here are some of our favourite ideas that embrace and celebrate the season when planning your winter wedding.
Embrace the richer colours that come with the change of season for your wedding theme. The natural golds and reds of autumn work wonderfully for this time of year. The absence of tinsel should ensure the occasion doesn’t look too ‘Christmassy’.
If you are hosting your wedding at a venue with outdoor grounds we suggest you make use of this for the photos still. Although it may be a little cold, consider braving the climate and capturing the season. The light in winter makes for beautiful and different shots. An overcast day offers optimum even lighting for photos, but a low sunshine also brings the merits of a soft and romantic effect if your photographer captures it right. Remember also that daylight closes in early. Do have another indoor option for the photo location in case of torrential rain, high winds or whinging relatives.
Consider the possibility of rain. This goes for summer weddings of course also. Organise a large umbrella with a trusted usher or bridesmaid that can be used to shelter the bride and groom - and perhaps some spares for guests that will have forgotten to plan ahead!
Why not offer guests mulled wine as well as champagne for the drinks reception? Mulled wine is exclusive to the season and will fill the room with the warm delightful scents of cinnamon and spices. If you have decided to take some photos outdoors, a warming beverage will be a welcome option!
The wedding food can be gloriously indulgent. Tis the season for rich and hearty feasting! Although you may wish to avoid an overt Christmas theme, don’t shy away from offering some seasonal goodies - mince pies only come around once a year and guests will love a sweet treat with the drinks reception.
Beware Christmas party bookings. The venue, services and entertainment you have your heart set on will be in double demand in the winter months. Although not the ‘boom’ season for weddings, make bookings early to avoid the disappointment of unavailability due to Christmas party demand!
Enjoy the night closing in early. Whilst the light fades outside, the greater the appeal becomes of a cosy and candlelit haven. Candles and fireplaces make for a truly romantic setting for you and your guests to celebrate in.