Five winter wedding planning tips

20 Nov 2020

Five things to think about when planning a winter wedding 

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Staying warm 
If you’re marrying in the heart of winter it’s important to keep everyone warm. Many brides will choose one venue to minimise the time guests have to spend outside, but if you are having a church ceremony or choosing to celebrate in a marquee you don’t have to keep these options to warmer months. 

There are lots of options to keep the bridal party warm – long sleeve dresses or additional capes and furry wraps are perfect for Team Bride – the bride and her maids can then ditch these at the reception once the party warms up. Velvet suits are also the perfect option for the groom and his entourage, both warm and creating texture in the wedding styling. 

Keep guests warm by offering warming welcome drinks like Winter Pimms or mulled wine and warm canapés will also go down a treat as well. Rugs and throws are often offered as ideas to keep guests warm while watching fireworks or outdoor entertainment in the evening but they would be equally welcome in a drafty church. If you’re holding a marquee reception talk to your supplier about the heating options on offer – there's definitely no need to be shivering. A hot chocolate station might also be welcome for either the welcome drinks or evening reception... 

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Add some sparkle 
We all love a bit of sparkle and the winter months are the perfect time to add this. With the nights drawing in candles and fairy lights will look magical and sparklers not only make a great outdoor group image but are perfect wedding favours to give guests. 

It is easy to add sparkle in your wedding styling too. Put your bridesmaids in sequined dresses or add additional sparkle with glittery shoes or glittering jewellery/hair accessories. 

For the décor use sequinned table runners or sparkly table crystals – which will sparkle even more in candlelight. Glitter bars are also becoming popular entertainment methods for evening receptions which could see all your guests following the theme. 

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Think about your timings 
The Great British weather is unpredictable at any time of year and just as you might have an August wedding day filled with torrential rain, you could have a bright, sunny December day. However, we do think of winter weddings as having a higher risk of things like rain and snow so it is important to factor in some extra time, especially for travelling, in case of bad weather if you’re not marrying and celebrating in the one venue. 

Equally think about and talk with your photographer about the timings for photographs so they can make the most of the light.  

Think about having an earlier ceremony start time to make the most of the light outdoors if the grounds are part of the reason you've chosen your venue – an earlier ceremony time means more time spent with your loved ones too. 

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Colours & décor  
Winter especially lends itself to deep colours like berry reds and burgundy. Black and gold is another classy choice for a winter wedding as is snowy white. Add some romance with natural greenery in your floral décor and bring the outdoors in. 

If your wedding is being held around Christmas then ask your venue what decorations will be up and where so you can either use them in your décor or avoid the Christmas touches. 

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Don’t worry about the rain/bad weather 
I know, it’s easy to say but honestly, sometimes the rain can make for some stunning photographs – whether that’s reflections on the ground or the couple huddled under umbrellas. It might be wise to have some umbrellas on hand for guests and also a pair of wellies or other shoe option for outside pictures to stop your beautiful Jimmy Choos getting wrecked. 

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