Planning a Winter Wedding:

This is a very special time of the year to tie the knot. Winter is a romantic time, after all, its engagement season and a special time to spend with those you love. For couples who can’t get enough of the wintertime, hosting a wedding with a winter theme can be absolutely magical. When executed correctly, the cold weather and snow can add character and personality to your wedding instead of hindering your celebrations. Mulled Wine Receptions, dancing the night away beside the twinkling fairy lights of a Christmas Tree, Warm Fires and lots of candles make it so magical.

Play with cosy attire, rich-hued florals, festive décor to create a winter tide event that will rival all of the spring or summer weddings that you have attended over the years. Let the season inspire your fairy-tale nuptials from the venue to the invitations to all of the little detail along the way.

Some tips on Winter Wedding Styles:

  • Invest in Winter Accessories: long sleeve wedding dress, a cape, a Fur Stole
  • Don’t forget Beauty Prep: chapped lips & dry skin are inevitable come winter. Keep your lips moisturised in the run-up to the wedding and use a good face moisturiser. Keep chapstick in your clutch on the day
  • Allow extra travel time: sometimes bad weather means bad traffic: give extra time for travel
  • Have just one Venue: if it's possible to have your ceremony & reception in one venue, this makes transport easier for all guests and family attending.
  • It gets much darker earlier in the winter, so bear in mind times for ceremonies and church to avail of the daylight for photography. It does get dusky around 3 pm or so.
  • Keep your hands warm, it doesn’t look good in winter wedding photos with Ice cold blue hands. You can buy Hand warmers
  • Don’t ruin your shoes: have another shoe option like funky boots when going outdoors for photos on the day especially if you are wearing heels you don’t want to be sinking in snow or wet grounds
  • For the guys, a blazer is ideal: nice thick fabric which will keep the guys warm plus it's very trendy
  • Under the dress: if it’s very cold you can always wear thick tights under your wedding dress (provided your dress is long)
  • For the bridesmaids: you can get some fabulous dresses in glitter or sequin: always easy to find come winter plus they look wonderful in photos.
  • Winter Wedding colours: Berry Red, Burgundy, Black and Gold and of course tartan.
  • Consider your guests: a hot drink on arrival at your venue: like Hot Chocolate, Hot whiskeys, Mulled Wine, Candy Canes, cinnamon sticks, marshmallows and chocolate chips
  • Honeymoon: The winter time is the perfect time to make a tropical escape to the Caribbean, unlike peak wedding season (May-Sept) coincides with peak hurricane season. Leave the snow and ice behind and enjoy the perfect beach weather on your honeymoon.
  • Embrace yourselves in the Festive Season: you don’t require a lot of wedding décor when you have the Christmas décor

Some ideas for dealing with Weather on your Winter Wedding:

  • Pretty Umbrellas are available in different colours & styles and look fab in photographs
  • Wear a Fur Stole over your dress and your bridesmaid’s dresses: keeps the cold at bay
  • Wrap yourself up in something blue over your dress
  • Windy: make it a “Marilyn Moment”!
  • Have your Ceremony and Reception in the one Venue
  • Make sure someone puts out the child of Prague: this can work - But if it does rain, don’t let it dampen your excitement

Tip of the Week:

Keep your guests warm and cosy throughout the night and a lovely idea for the smokers out there: supply a basket full of blankets for them when they are going for a smoke: keeping them warm, different, colour coordinate them with your theme colours.

Trend of the Week:

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