… for the perfect winter wedding
Britain. Home of the umbrella, wellies, and specialists of the package holiday. There is no doubt that the great British weather is not always the most favourable, so it’s no surprise that the majority of couples planning their big day opt for a summer wedding – after all, summer offers the best chance for that perfect sunny day. Gorgeous photos, strapless dresses and bridesmaids in chiffon… not to mention Pimms in the sunshine as the perfect welcome for your guests. Why on earth would you want to marry at any other time, right?!
I’m going to have to disagree. As a wedding blogger I see SO much inspiration for weddings in the other seasons, and as someone who chose a winter wedding for herself, I can also sing the practical praises of a winter wedding.
For a start there is the weather I just mentioned – if your guests are already dressed for the season then no one will be caught out when it does rain! Sure there is a greater chance your photos will be indoors… but many venues have a few areas that provide a beautiful backdrop for staged photographs, and if you opt for reportage style photography then it honestly makes no difference. Then there is the cost – weddings tend to be cheaper out of season. Décor for Christmas means your venue may not need much input from yourself, and while you might not have the huge choice in fresh flowers summer brings, you could try faux or dried flowers.
Candles are a staple for a winter wedding. For your centrepieces, candles in hurricane vases are perfect. Don’t think that everyone has to be the same – subtle differences can provide interest. Use winter foliage fresh from the garden – moss, holly, twigs (sprayed white, silver or gold) and ivy to surround and add white avalanche roses for a luxe look. Pop those twigs in a tall conical vase and use hanging tea light holders for an alternative with a bit of height.
Favours are also easy in winter – chocolate won’t melt for starters; attach a name tag to a candy cane for a pretty place setting, or create a twist on the sweetie bar offering by providing guests with a gourmet hot chocolate bar with a variety of toppings and flavours. For non-edible alternatives look for vintage baubles to attach those name tags too, or focus on the ladies with pretty little picture frames…. add a fun quote, picture or fact in each to provide a talking point on your tables.
Wedding attire need not suffer when it comes to the colder season. Choose deeper shades like oranges, chocolate browns and rust reds for your maids – why not try separates or find party season alternatives rather than bridesmaid dresses which will allow your leading ladies to wear the items again in the future? For the bride, separates are also an option should you not fancy a traditional gown… or create a twist by wearing a catsuit (new label House of Ollichon have wonderful dress alternatives and offer a discount if you purchase more than 6 separates) – but whatever you choose accessories are the key.
Image credit – House of Ollichon
Found your perfect dress (on Preloved?!) but it’s too ‘summery’? You can still wear that strapless number – team with a faux fur or feather bolero, a cape or warm pashmina. Personalise wellies with your new name (you can buy welly decals – try Off The Wall Decals) or attach faux flowers. Have a pretty, oversize umbrella on standby; kit your maids out with hand muffs and a smart overcoat for the groom is a wonderful option. Accessories are not only practical but can make a dress your own.
A winter wedding might not be everyone’s first thought when it comes to a British wedding, but with a bit of imagination it can be the most magical time to say ‘I do’. For winter wedding ideas and tips, take a peek at the blog… happy planning!
Image credit – Matthew Rycraft Photography