I don’t care if the wind has ruined my freshly blow-dried hair, or I’ve stood in a puddle for the third time this week.
I am so excited that winter is finally upon us!
It’s the most romantic time of the year, filled with hot drinks, cosy evenings, tasty treats and festive decor.
Whether you’re planning a full Christmas-themed celebration with seven-foot trees, sleigh-rides and mulled wine, or simply a wintry bash with white details and a nod to the chilly weather, this time of year is just ripe with inspiration.
From snowy-white tables, to bold red flower arrangements. I love how a winter wedding can look both chic and unexpected. After months of pastel and blush hued weddings, a moody winter celebration is the perfect way to make your big day stand out..
Have fun with your winter wedding with lots of seasonal signage, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Be Merry and Bright”, or “joy To The World” are some of my favourite festive phrases.
Between the romantic ambience of a snowy landscape, the relative lack of competition for vendors and sites, there's so much to love about chilly weather nuptials.
Here are some top tips for your perfect winter wedding…
v Do look to nature for your winter wedding decorations. Tree stumps, twigs and all sizes of chopped logs can give a beautiful rustic feel to your venue and will work perfectly for an autumn or winter wedding. Add gold accents to complete the festive feel.
v Do opt for winter themed stationary. If you’re dreaming of a white wedding, finish textured invites with white velvet ribbon and a luxe gold wax stamp.
v Do choose a sparkler send off! As it’ll be darker quicker, make the most out of it. Sparklers make for great photos at a minimal cost. If you’re not doing a traditional send off, plan for before the first dance instead.
v Don’t be afraid to DIY! Winter is the best season to get gilded. You’d be surprised at what you can create with a can of antique gold spray paint… Just look how effective these bottles look as candle holders.
v Do remember to keep festive favours chic. Because let’s face it, no one really wants a wedding snow globe… Edible items are always a good idea, but we don’t mean sugared almonds! Go for hot choc kits complete with marshmallows, gingerbread biscuits or even gold dusted macaroons for an extra touch of elegance. But generally anything boozy and chocolatey always goes down a treat.
v Do ask your florist to decorate with rustic wreaths. Adding some finishing touches to your venue with seasonal greenery. Stylish, easy and won’t break the wedding budget.
v DO add a Christmas tree here and there. They can be decorated with funny photos of the couple or their wedding guests.
v DO serve guests mince pies on sticks along with mulled wine in the evening. More hip than a cupcake but just as yummy.
v DON’T forget to sprinkle some mistletoe in key spots around your venue. It will create some great photo opportunities and may promote romance among your guests as the day goes on.
v DO decorate your table with miniature gingerbread houses. They make for sweet favours and a delicious treat.
v DO experiment with moody, rich colours when it comes to bridesmaid dresses and avoid pastel shades, more appropriate for the spring and summer.
v DO have magical arrangements with cream and white blooms, twisted willow and metallic vases.
v DON’T choose tropical flowers. They’re so much more expensive than seasonal ones! Bridesmaids will love winter blossoms such as cyclamen, irises, winter jasmine, carnations, freesias, lilies, roses and stephanotis.
v DO add cute seasonal details. - Three cool ideas to top off your winter-white theme – whether that be through heart shaped cookie favours, cool pine cone place cards (or our personal favourite) marshmallow snowflakes in warm drinks!
v DON’T even thing about getting cold feet (or shoulders). Stay warm when the temperature drops with a winmter wedding cover up, like a faux-fur cape. And rain? Customise white wellington boots!
v DO cover yourself - Get insurance! Rainfall, snowfall and ice are all possible, which could affect how your suppliers reach you on the day.
v DO make a magical entrance and hire reindeer-drawn sleighs. You’ll equal 007 and her majesty’s Olympics entrance, with just the right balance of tradition and style – and a touch of enchantment.
And so, thats winter weddings in a nutshell (Or Nutcracker !!) Im sure you will all agree it really is ..."The Most Wonderful Time of the Year".