7th November 2018 /   Sophie / 

Your guide to a winter wedding

The wedding high season takes place from May to September, beginning just before summer and coming to an end at the start of autumn. It seems that winter is the least popular wedding season, but that doesn’t mean a winter wedding can’t be spectacular!

You’ll often find some of the most idyllic and romantic weddings take place in a winter setting. With this in mind, here are a few tips to help you make your winter wedding as magical as possible.

Be aware of the sunset

When planning your winter wedding, it’s useful to be aware that your day will be cut considerably shorter by the early sunset. Make sure you plan the ceremony and photographs to take place during the daylight hours, ideally before 3pm. Try to also make the most of the sunset with the photographer, although this will be weather permitting!

Make the most of the dark

With the evening drawing in fast, you might want to consider something to brighten it up. Fairy lights, candles, and sparklers will help to illuminate the early evening, all the while providing a great opportunity for beautiful photographs. You could also consider a decorative fire as a backdrop, which will again offer a wonderful moment for unique pictures. Get as creative as you can with the lighting – it’ll definitely pay off when you see the photos!

Keep it rustic

With the winter theme on your side, it’s a great opportunity to use nature as your inspiration. Use colours such as butterscotch yellow, ginger orange and pine green to give a warm and seasonal feel to your wedding. However, try to avoid using pastel shades where you can as being associated with spring and summer – they may alter the warm atmosphere you’re trying to create. If you want to steer clear of any Christmas cliches, try not to mix red and green decorations!

For table decorations, items such as winter pine cones, pine needles, and wood cookies all work well with the rustic winter theme. Again, if you want to stay away from the Christmas theme, avoid using holly and berries. Choosing seasonal flowers will keep in touch with the rustic theme, but will also be much cheaper than using exotic flowers, so it’s a win-win!

Why not have a look at our wedding table decorations with that ‘wow’ factor blog post to give yourself some more ideas!

Keep your guests warm

If you’re having a winter wedding, you can be pretty confident that it’s going to be cold! Supply your guests with blankets and hand warmers to make sure they’re comfortable. If you decide to provide blankets, try to go for a rustic style to match the rest of your wedding. That way they won’t look out of place in the background of any photos.

It would also be a good idea to create a warm outdoor space for guests who would like some fresh air. Make sure the space is under cover and is surrounded by outdoor heaters or fire pits. You could also use tree stumps and bales of hay as seats, with blankets to correspond with the rustic winter theme. Cosy!

Serve hearty and seasonal food

Provide your guests with comforting food to keep them warm and toasty. Consider homely foods that can be made with seasonal vegetables such as soup and bread, homemade pies, and stews. You can also serve hot canapes throughout the day, and consider serving a hot dessert after the main meal. Yum!

When it comes to drinks, offering mulled wine, hot cider, and hot chocolate throughout the day and evening is a good idea. It’s sure to keep everyone warm and happy throughout your beautiful winter wedding.

The wedding’s over – what next?

Once your winter wedding has come to an end, you can start thinking about what comes next – the honeymoon! Having been surrounded by the cold, why not think about heading somewhere hot? We’ve taken a look at the 5 most romantic honeymoon destinations to provide you with some sunny inspiration.

Found your perfect winter wedding dress? Book an appointment with Number Eighteen today so we can help you find The One!

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