Be prepared for people to be a little surprised when you announce that you’re having a winter wedding.
For most people, weddings take place in the summer months. But then you’re not most people, are you?
First off, you’re much more likely to get the suppliers you want as it’s a less busy time of year. You’ll have your pick of venues, photographers, florists … and you’re more likely to be able to strike a deal.
Secondly, people are usually up for a party in the winter months when there is less going on. (Sometimes summer weddings can become a bit back to back, seeming to take place every Saturday).
Thirdly, if you get the look right (and this is something we can help you with right now) you’re going to have a very personal wedding with some amazing winter wonderland touches.
You may be dreaming of a literally white wedding – with snow and frost as a background to your wedding photographs. It would certainly look very pretty – but there are some practicalities involved. If there’s a sudden snowfall, your guests may find it difficult to get to the wedding – so think carefully about the location of your venue, whether it will be accessible in the depths of winter and what the local transport links are like.
From your stationery onwards, you’ll be wanting to have a winter theme. Maybe your stationery could be decorated with crystals and snowflake motifs – which you could carry forward to the order of service, table plans, menus and place names.
Winter doesn’t just mean white though. You need to be thinking about metallics also – silver, gold, bronze – which all look wonderful against a white background.
It also means deep shades like berry reds, aubergine, deep blues, forest greens.
Our stylists are very talented at using colours and props like starlit backdrop curtains to create sparkle and dazzle. We created an Arctic theme for this bride using silver and blue – and arranged strands of lights over the beams to create a starry sky.
As you can see in the Arctic themed wedding we created here, an ice sculpture can form a perfect part of a winter wedding reception – maybe as a vodka luge?
Alternatively, you could greet your guests at the reception with mugs of piping hot chocolate, with cream and chocolate swirls. Or maybe mulled wine? Clasping cold hands around a warm cup is a wonderful way to warm up and will make your guests feel very welcome.
If you have a suitable venue, arrange for your pre-reception drinks to take place in front of a roaring log fire – somewhere people always naturally congregate on a freezing cold day. If it’s dull and dark outside, you need plenty of light inside to get the festivities going – lanterns and candles to light the way along pathways and on tables. (Our stylists will have all these kinds of props ready.)
A shivering bride isn’t a good look, so make sure you have a warm pashmina or cape to snuggle into on your way to and from the ceremony. You might also like to think about wedding wellingtons in white or cream, so that you can keep your precious wedding shoes out of any rain and slush that’s about.
Don’t forget your bridesmaids either – they need to be wrapped up and cosy.
It’s always a good idea to set up a wedding moodboard – Pinterest is a great tool for this. Pick out styles, colours and ideas you like for your dress, your cake, your shoes, your invitations and real weddings you’ve admired.
Our wedding venue stylists are experts in getting the look you want absolutely right, so share your moodboard with them. They’ll come up with all sorts of inspiration – not just for chair covers and sashes – but ideas in room draping, using starlight curtains to create a mood, styling the exterior and entrance of your venue as well as the inside. We have stylists all over the country so there’ll be one local to you. Why not get in touch and have a no-obligation chat?