Planning a Christmas Winter Wedding

The winter can bring in darker nights and interesting weather. But if you’ve chosen to have a wedding in winter, it can mean log fires, mulled wines and cosy shrugs. Here is some inspiration for your winter day. There are a lot of perks when it comes to planning a winter wedding, I know it can be cold but there are lots of reasons to have your celebration during the winter months.

More guests will be available: celebrating your wedding during the winter months means more guests are available to attend. During the summer months, people tend to take their summer holidays and having spent months of planning your special day, you don’t want this to happen. Especially having your wedding on those dates after Christmas, which are very popular as guests are home for Christmas and off work and can enjoy the celebrations.

Your wedding photos will be magical: many people avoid this time of year due to the lack of natural lighting but if you time your photographs right you will get the best shots. Take your essential photos early in the day and organize some more romantic shots while the sun is setting and the crisp fog begins to set at dusk. You will have lots of Christmas lighting and decorations around, so take advantage of this too.

More Glitter and Candles: Nothing can beat a winter wedding with lots of candles in different sizes and shapes, dimmed lighting and cosy fires. Romance at it’s best and your venue will have lots of fairy lights and Christmas decorations, which add to the cosy effect and warm feeling. Even adding in some outdoor lanterns or heater lamps adds the extra element of romance.

Warm your guests with a cosy drinks reception: let your guests enjoy some warm drinks on arrival, Mulled wine, hot chocolate with marshmallows, hot appetizers and hors-d’oeuvres will warm your guests and they won’t feel the chill in the air outside.

You won’t have to fight over dates: by not having a summer wedding, your competition will be eliminated. You will have lots of more dates to choose from and when it comes to your preferred wedding suppliers, they will have more dates available, so it’s a win-win.

Off Peak season: lots of wedding venues now offer discounted packages for weddings and accommodation rates will be competitive, this is an added bonus.

Other ideas: for your winter wedding the smaller details will go down well with your guests, so when they are feeling a little nippy outside, provide them with mini hot-water bottles, hand warmers, cosy blankets, quality lip balm and a good hand moisturizer are all little ideas for your guests to enjoy.

Bridal Party: every bridal party likes to enjoy the photograph but when its cold outside, it can make it more difficult for them to enjoy. Try wrapping up in the winter essentials for your bridal party like fur wraps, glamorous gloves, thick tweed waistcoats for the gents and for the girls, keep them warm with fur-lined UGG boots.

Rich Colour scheme: to create a cosy atmosphere, be clever in selecting your palette. Shades of berry, reds, deep purples, burgundy and gold with black will instantly add warmth to your colour scheme.

Some photography tips for all winter weddings

Opt for an earlier ceremony time: it is important that your ceremony or church time is a little earlier in the day to allow plenty of time to take lots of those important photographs before dusk. Your photographer will use flash after a certain time and will take advantage of the light by getting some fabulous shots outdoors.

Allow for other options: your photographer will have lots of creative ideas to create those magical indoor photographs at your ceremony and venue but have another plan in place, if the weather is dry, do try to get some outdoor photographs before dusk falls.

Warm attire and essentials: for that hour or so that you are taking your bridal photographs, have your bridal party dressed appropriately and get your chief bridesmaid to pack those essentials for you all. Items to keep you warm: fur wraps, gloves, umbrellas should it be raining. You will never look or feel your best if you are too cold so wrap up.

Tip of the week:
Trust your photographer: There may be a moment that your photographer wishes to capture a certain photograph and it could be dark and cold outside or is has just started to snow, trust in them as they have the knowledge and experience to have fantastic photo shoots, so just bear with them for those few magical moments. The results will be amazing.

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Open week: From 27th December – 3rd January 2019 we will be hosting a wedding open week whereby all newly engaged couples who wish to view our hotel as their potential wedding venue, the team and I would be delighted to show them around and discuss their personal wedding packages for their magical day. Call us on 091 738300 or email nora@claregalwayhotel.ie to book your appointment.

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