Winter can be a magical time to tie the knot, with cosy open fires, twinkling fairy lights and - if you're lucky - a sprinkling of snow providing a romantic atmosphere.
Although summer nuptuals remain a firm favourite with many couples, getting hitched in winter is a great way to save money, as venues will often offer discounts for weddings held outside of the peak season.
If a winter wedding sounds like your ideal way to say 'I do', our top tips may help to ensure your big day is a success.
1. Pick a date carefully
It is important to remember that many people find their social diaries filling up the closer it gets to Christmas, with festive celebrations taking up most weekends in December. Venues are also more likely to be fully booked with work Christmas parties and New Year's Eve events.
To avoid being left disappointed, book your venue well in advance and inform guests about the date of the wedding as soon as possible.
2. Remember winter weather can be unpredictable
It is important to prepare for all eventualities in winter, as it is not unusual for the UK to see heavy rain, hail storms and even several inches of snow. Choosing a venue that is accessible even in poor weather will help to reduce the chances of having to call off a ceremony at the last minute. Meanwhile, investing in wedding insurance may be a wise idea, in case inclement conditions lead to disruptions.
3. Keep guests warm
Churches can be chilly places in winter, particularly if the temperature plummets outside, so make sure you keep your loved ones warm and toasty. If your ceremony is likely to be long, consider renting heaters or handing out blankets to guests as they arrive.
At the reception, why not serve warm mulled wine instead of champagne on arrival and take advantage of an open fire, if the venue has a traditional hearth.
4. Embrace the season
Finally, embrace the winter season and incorporate features such as mistletoe, twinkly lights and pine cones in your decorative theme. For those who love Christmas, the options are endless!