I’ve just looked at the weather for this week and am amazed to see that southern England is set for a Really Cold Snap. Cold in that the temperature is forecast to go down to about minus 8℃.
Which got me thinking about winter weddings. If the forecast says that it’s going to be distinctly below freezing on your wedding day, then what do you need to do?
Wedding dresses are supposed to be beautiful but they’re not really designed to keep you warm. And a shivering bride with blue lips really isn’t a good look. Another thing to think about is that you don’t want to be ill in bed on your honeymoon, having caught a chill. So if it’s cold, frosty or even snowy, then you need to add some beautiful layers.
You could think about wearing a cape over your wedding dress. It doesn’t have to be in white or cream, you could choose a contrasting colour maybe a rich red. A cape is also something you could wear over an evening dress in the future, so choose a shade that you love and would be happy to wear again.
A shrug is also a good idea if you’re wearing a strapless gown. And again, it’s a piece of clothing you’ll probably wear in the future, so think of it as investment dressing!
Don’t forget your bridesmaids either! Think about giving them wraps too, you can get shrugs in various different colours and they’ll also make wonderful bridesmaid gifts.
Country churches are beautiful and picturesque but they can be very chilly in winter. Make contingency plans and keep your older guests warm by having baskets of blankets for ushers to hand out. Perfect for putting over cold knees.
If you’re having photographs taken outside after the ceremony, then consider having your group photographs taken first, so your guests don’t have to hang around in the snow.
And talking of snow, you need to make sure that you can actually reach your venue if the roads are icy and there has been a recent snowfall. You might like to reconsider the transport that takes you there and swap the stretch limo for a vehicle that will be able to navigate slippery roads. Possibly a 4×4? Talk to your chauffeuring company and see what they suggest.
On arrival at your wedding reception, ring the changes by serving mulled wine and hot chocolate. The fizzy stuff is fabulous but if your guests are feeling a bit numb, then they’ll love wrapping frozen fingers around mugs of hot drinks.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, you need to plan ahead for bad weather. Whilst a snowy day can look wonderful in your photographs, it can also cause havoc.
Think about that when you’re deciding on a wedding venue. You might find your dream place, hidden away in a beautiful valley in breathtaking countryside but how easy will it be to get to if the roads are icy and it’s not somewhere that the gritting trucks can reach?
In addition, you need to think about how welcoming your venue will be on a winter day. If you can, opt for somewhere that has a hall with an open fire because that will give your wedding guests the best welcome and it will act as a natural gathering point throughout the reception.
These are the things you need to be considering if you’re getting married in the colder months.