It seems we’re all feeling a little romantic this winter. According to the Office of National Statistics and Country House Wedding Venues, over 15,000 couples will be saying ‘I do’ this month. Diana Hastie, owner and founder of Country House Wedding Venues, gives her advice to brides looking to create that magical winter wonderland ceremony:
1. Get booking!
Christmas is a popular time for parties as well as weddings so be sure to book your venue as soon as possible. The moment you finalise your date and visit that perfect venue, start the booking process in order to avoid disappointment. It’s also a good idea to send save the date cards to guests, ensuring they keep the date free in the busy festive period.
2. Plan a festive colour scheme
The most stylish Christmas weddings embrace the custom of the season with traditional colour schemes, complementing the frosty outdoors. Create a classic winter scene with your chosen colour options – whether you decide on soft pastels, elegant white or ivory or rich reds and golds to conjure up that Christmas magic. Lighting is key, adding warmth to the room. Be sure to ask your venue whether they allow naked flames, and choose battery-operated lights if not.
3. Beware the weather
Even the most meticulously organised couple can’t predict the weather and the winter can be particularly challenging! No one wants to be snowed in on their big day so, keep an eye on weather updates and allow plenty of time for all your travel arrangements. It’s also wise to keep your guests updated and make sensible travel and accommodation arrangements, especially for out of town guests.
4. Stay cosy
It may sound like common sense, but it’s easy to overlook plummeting temperatures when you decide to have a winter wedding. Spare a thought for guests who may have to stand around while pretty outdoor photographs are taken and, of course, freezing bridesmaids! Consider small gestures such as offering hot beverages to help guests warm up in the wintery cold, or have intervals for guests to go inside as you have your photographs taken. For extended periods of time spent outside, offer throws or shawls to guests and have an outdoor seating area with patio heaters or open pit fires to keep the chills at bay.
5. Plan the perfect menu
A winter wedding lends itself perfectly to a lavish wedding breakfast. This is the time to serve food that warms the heart and soul – perhaps even offering a more traditional menu such as ‘carve at the table’ joints of meat. Welcome drinks should be equally warming – consider Winter Pimms, mulled wine or a Champagne cocktail.
6. Remember those finishing touches
Celebrate the fact that Christmas is just around the corner by adding some festive touches to your wedding venue. Holly wreaths and beautiful candles make perfect table centres, while mistletoe can decorate wedding favours, and Christmas crackers add a little fun! An elegantly-decorated Christmas tree is a wonderful sight. Be sure to position it in a place where your guests can appreciate it and use it as a festive backdrop to your photographs.
Take more inspiration from our Winter wedding theme Pinterest board.