From a chic cape cover-up to keep you warm, to a touch of sparkle to brighten up your day, celebrating a stylish winter wedding has never been easier! Throw in our favourite winter warmers and a whole host of seasonal fun and you’ll be left with a day to be remembered forever.
You can stay warm, while looking chic, on your winter wedding. Long-sleeved gowns have been in fashion for a while now, and are a perfect option for the chillier months.
Alternatively, you could opt for something with a bit of seasonal sparkle, adding a touch of magic to your big day celebrations.
There are also a wide variety of wonderful accessories around, to make you look and feel fabulous and warm on your special day. A long-sleeved coat, pretty cardigan or a velvet or fur cape will all complement your dress perfectly. Gloves and arm warmers can also be adopted as part of the whole look.
The options for styling your winter wedding are endless. From a cosy, vintage inspired day to something more glamorous and gold, the design choice is entirely yours.
A marsala -inspired affair is a great option for the fashionable bride, featuring this year’s hottest colour. Chic and elegant, the colour ensures a stylish affair. Opt for marsala and white blooms, and infuse a touch of gold into your colour palette. Be inspired by all things art deco along with fine-art style décor. Don’t forget to add a touch of marsala to your attire too – perhaps with some standout shoes!
Winter woodland-themed weddings are great for the rustic bride. Think woodland animals – like deer, rustic wooden details and furnishings, and a charming barn venue. Deep reds and tartan patterns also work well with this look, as do more hearty food options like rustic-looking pies and casseroles.
A touch of sparkle is certainly acceptable during winter – so get out those sequin tablecloths and throw on a sparkly embellished dress. While sparkle has long been associated with more tacky affairs, recent styling developments have shown it can look very chic indeed. Opt for high quality fabrics and stick with a muted colour scheme – like white, silver or gold, for a classy look.
All white is another option, ideal for brides looking to embrace the classic touch. Minimalist, yet beautiful, you can still fill your big-day with personality in white. Style your tables with beautiful blooms, get your guests talking with an all white dessert bar and don’t be afraid of textures like ruffles and lace to enhance the overall look.
Golden glamour is one of our favourite looks and ties in perfectly with art deco and Gatsby style weddings too. What’s more, it’s incredibility easy to create. Add a touch of gold to your tables with gold table cloths and / or table numbers, ask your cake maker to add a gold tier to your cake and enhance your bouquet with gold sprayed berries.
You could also embrace Christmas in an elegant fashion by adopting vintage-inspired seasonal décor. Think vintage baubles, cosy vintage furnishings and blankets, as well as natural touches like pinecones. Capes and warming fur shrugs also complement the vintage look, while keeping you snug!
Keeping your guests warm and cosy at your winter wedding is a must. During this time of the year it’s out with those summer fruit punches and light canapé bites and in with more indulgent, warming food and drink.
For your drinks reception, be inspired by alternatives like winter Pimms, mulled wine, creamy baileys and warming whiskeys. You could also offer a hot chocolate bar for the kids – with the option of a shot of Irish cream for the adults.
When it comes to your wedding breakfast, a traditional British roast is very popular at this time of year and can tie in quite nicely with Christmas. A hearty beef casserole is another classic, while a winter-vegetable inspired tart is an indulgent choice for vegetarians.
Of course, you needn’t stick with something formal. The hog roast is winter’s answer to the summer barbeque and is guaranteed to satisfy all your guests’ appetites. Alternatively, the popular afternoon tea is another option and can be tweaked for the cooler months to offer something warming and cosy. Serve with homemade soup in teacups and swap the cupcakes for mince pieces and winter-spice inspired treats to complete your winter feast.
When it comes to your wedding flowers, the best advice is to embrace the season. Don’t go after flowers that only bloom in season; instead make the most of the amazing flowers available in winter.
You’ll have a wide range of flowers to choose from – including roses, orchids, lisianthus and calla lilies, plus seasonal favourites like winter jasmine and pretty snowberry. Berries and textured foliage also add that fabulous finishing touch to a winter bouquet, bringing it into season.
If you’re looking for something a little more unique, why not embrace the pine cone bouquet or antique brooch bouquet. Both suitable for winter, the former is a great option for woodland-inspired, rustic affairs, while the latter is ideal for the vintage bride.
Light it up
One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to winter weddings is the lighting. Remember that lighting will be limited, so you might want to change things around a little to make the most of your big day photography.
One option would be moving your service earlier in the day so that all your confetti shots and reception shots can be taken around midday / early afternoon. Alternatively you could consider some ‘First Look’ photos, taken of you and your husband just before you get wed.
Sunset and night time photography can also give you some great shots if your photographer is used to working in those conditions. It’s probably worth checking your photographer’s portfolio for evidence of this before booking.
The fun factor
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. While it’s probably not appropriate to have garden games or an ice cream cart, there are plenty of other ways you can jazz up your day.
A themed drinks and desserts bar – such as an eggnog and baileys bar – is a great focal point and will certainly spark interest amongst your guests. For the boys, a Man Cave is ideal; a place where they can enjoy a warming whiskey or three, with games like poker and pool. A sparkler send-off also ties in perfectly with cooler months, offering a brilliant contrast to the darker skies.
And if it’s a New Year’s celebration you’re having, why not play on the tradition of resolutions with a fun game based around this for guests to play. Guests could make a resolution for the bride and groom, which offers a quirky twist on giving the newly married couple marital advice. The bride and groom could also offer a lucky dip for guests to pick a New Year’s resolution for themselves too!