Magical, cosy and romantic are just three words that spring to mind when thinking about winter weddings. Whether you’re opting for a fabulously festive do complete with a visit from Santa, fantasising about a classy and cosy affair with twinkling candles and roaring open fires, or the boho bride within you is dreaming of a fairytale winter woodland wedding, here’s just a few winter wedding ideas that will inspire your stunning seasonal big day…
While, yes, it may be cold outside and the more summery wedding venues may seem out of the question (no-one, including your guests want to shiver themselves silly on a British beach in November!), there is still plenty of choice when it comes to winter wedding venues. And it doesn’t necessarily mean staying indoors either.
Barn weddings are still big news for those of us tying the knot during the colder months, as are gorgeous tipis – which allow guests to mingle both inside and out, throughout the day; just treat them to some outdoor heaters, so you can glug warming mulled wine and cider alfresco in your very own winter wonderland!
Prefer to be indoors? We hear you. Both country and boutique hotels, as well as sumptuous houses are beautiful and elegant options for hosting your wintertime nuptiuls – best of all, after a long and enchanting day, beside a roaring fire, you and your guests can retire to your warm and comforting bedrooms; it will be like the magic of Christmas all over again!
The wedding colours
Just because you are getting married in the run up to Christmas (or just after for all of you January and February brides-to-be!), doesn’t mean you have to go with the festive flow and have a red, green and gold colour scheme. Perhaps you could just take one colour – romantic red, fresh pine green or glamourous gold and incorporate this into your wonderful winter wedding day, depending on your personal preference?
Another key colour scheme we’ve seen become popular with many winter brides and grooms is a magical mix of silver and white – a timelessly stylish match that would work in any venue.
Of course, when saying I Do in the winter months, the dress can be even more of a statement piece, with more embellishments and a whole lot of sparkle to dazzle your guests, as it gets darker! Great winter wedding dress options include full princess-style tulle gowns (how pretty would it look in the snow?!) as well as vintage-inspired floor-length dresses with delicate sequins and beading (think Downton Abbey/ Great Gatsby at Christmas) – you also can’t beat a low-backed sultry number either, just accessorise with a faux fur wrap, for ultimate winter wedding glamour!
Like the wedding colours; your flowers don’t have to be OTT festive. Instead, why not choose a simple and sophisticated white bouquet that will keep your theme looking fresh? Leafy green foliage, berries and not forgetting, forever-stylish roses are always fabulous winter wedding flower options too.
Looking for something that will really add a WOW to your wedding? A floral frame (also known as chuppah or mandap in Jewish and Hindu weddings) is a pretty addition for your vows and photographs – it doesn’t need to have an over-floral summer vibe either. Instead, your frame can be decorated with woodland finds, to be truly rustic and romantic!
Don’t forget that our days are a lot shorter in Winter here in the UK. If you’re planning some outdoor wedding day photos then it’s a good idea to work out what time the sun will be setting on your planned wedding day and plan around this. Your wedding photographer will thank you for it as natural light often makes for the best pics. There’s often amazing sunsets in Winter too – or ‘magic hour’ as photographers often call it, so you might want to build in some time to try and catch some magic hour wedding pics too!
When you think winter wedding décor, what is one of the first things that comes to mind? For us; it’s garlands of twinkling fairylights and cosy candles, both really adding that luxurious, warming ambience to a cold big day. As well as lighting, there are plenty of other whimsical winter wedding decorations – including eye-catching woodland centrepieces, white snowflake garlands and pine tree place settings (and so much more!) that you can add to your seasonal big day! Check out Pinterest for further DIY inspiration.
Are you getting married during ‘the most wonderful time of the year?’ Share your top tips with other winter brides and grooms to be, below!