Ideas for a Winter Wedding
Winter is a wonderful season for a wedding; the dramatic landscapes make for the perfect backdrop to a memorable celebration. If you need some ideas to inspire your winter wedding planning, keep reading.
Where you decide to tie the knot will depend on a variety of factors, such as your personal taste, the proximity of the venue and its availability. To make the most of the season, you might decide on a venue that allows you to feel connected to the outdoors, so options with a glasshouse or special licensed landmarks might be among those you consider.
Meanwhile, castles are a good choice for added drama and make a spectacular backdrop for memorable wedding photos, or you might choose a venue with roaring open fires to ensure everyone will be warm during the celebration.
Take inspiration from the winter landscape when decorating your venue and creating a theme; you might decide to use bare branches to line the aisle that are twisted together to form an archway, decorated with fairy lights or white uplighters to make the branches look like they’re covered in snow. White drapes and dangling crystals also fit in well nicely with a winter wedding theme, symbolising snow and icicles.
Alternatively, you may decide on a Christmassy type of theme for your winter wedding, and use the red and green shades as a basis for your colour scheme. Christmas trees, holly and ivy might all play a part in the decor of your venue, while pine cones decorated with shimmering glitter or diamantes could extend the theme further.
Invitations and programmes
Your invitations, orders of service and other paperwork like thank you cards and place cards might all have a theme to tie in with your decor; snowflakes, a winter wonderland theme and festive colours are all options you could work into the publications.
If you’re choosing a Christmas theme for the big day, think about embossing your words on to gold card and using red and green shimmery ribbons to tie invitations in a bow so they resemble wrapped Christmas presents. Alternatively, outlines of baubles can add a subtle hint of your theme if you want something a little more understated.
Another consideration for your winter wedding will be what you wear for your nuptials. The cold season allows for different, warmer textures than the other seasons perhaps call for, so look at faux fur, cashmere and taffeta, which can all help provide insulation while making outfits more interesting at the same time.
You might also need to think about the amount of coverage your attire provides, so browse longer length dresses and options with sleeves to provide extra warmth. Shrugs, elegant gloves and muffs are all extra ways of covering up and keeping warm for your winter wedding.
If you want to enjoy your trip to and from the venue, think about hiring a horse and trap for your transport, complete with some fleecy blankets to keep you warm as you travel. A car is potentially a warmer and more shielded transport choice for your big day, and dark-coloured vehicles can make a real statement against a white background if there is snow on the ground.
A sleigh is another option you could consider, especially if it’s due to snow on your big day, and you could opt for a sleigh pulled by horses, huskies or even reindeer!