Denmark is often called the happiest country in the world, but why? Well, it's down to a little thing called hygge. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) means different things to different people, but is along the lines of taking pleasure in comfort, enjoying cosiness and celebrating that feeling of warmth, love, and intimacy.
It can be as simple as taking some time to read a book, meeting up with your friends for coffee, or getting cosy under a blanket and watching an old film. Basically, make enjoyment a priority and revel in the simple and special moments that make us feel warm inside.
At CHWV, we think that a hygge wedding sounds heavenly! It's a day full of wonderful and memorable moments, so do away with the wedding day stress and celebrate every part of this special day. We show you how to plan the perfect hygge wedding, so your day will be full of happiness and love.
Pick the right season
While spring and summer have their own ways of being hygge (think barbecues, outside celebrations, etc.), autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for creating a warming and cosy feel to your wedding. Low temperatures or pouring rain only increase that hygge feeling!
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Choosing your venue
There's no right type of venue here really, although personally we think a rural barn or a classic country house lend themselves perfectly to this wedding style. FYI, fireplaces and hyggekrog (that's a nook or snug to you and me) are considered very hygge indeed!
Image of Bassmead Manor Barns courtesy of Rafeabrook Photography
Image of Tyn Dwr courtesy of Chris Morse Photography
The flickering flames of candles create a wonderfully relaxing and cosy environment and look great scattered around your venue or in table centrepieces. Fairy lights, lamps and lanterns all work well too.
Image courtesy of Beall and Thomas Photography
Create that warming feeling both inside and out with blankets on hand for your guests while you tie the knot. Use chunky knits and faux furs to decorate lounge areas and make them truly inviting.
Image courtesy of Loverly
Be at one with nature
Wooden decorations and a natural theme are a perfect way to bring the outside in and celebrate your surroundings. Wooden candle holders and centrepieces work like a charm!
Image courtesy of Claire Penn Photography
Throwback to the past
There's something incredibly comforting about vintage, so it makes perfect sense to include a vintage theme in your hygge wedding. Whether it's in your outfit or your decorations, it'll be a welcome addition.
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Food to nourish the soul
Comfort food is a definite yes for a hygge wedding and dishes like casseroles, beef wellington or a traditional roast dinner will go down a treat and what about a mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding or classic apple pie to finish?
Images courtesy of The Happy Foodie and BBC Food
Warm your cockles with drinks
You don't always have to celebrate with champagne! Mulled wine is the perfect way to toast your marriage while a hot chocolate station is ideal for that cosy and fun aspect to your day.
Images courtesy of The Bijou Bride and Your Fairy-tale Awaits
Keep it casual
Dress code? What dress code? Keep it simple and relaxed with a casual style to your day. That goes for your guests too!
Image courtesy of Rembo Styling and Shane Shepherd
Prioritise the little things
Perhaps the most important part of a hygge wedding; make time and enjoy those little things which will make your day even more special. Enjoy a cup of tea with your mum and dad before you tie the knot, spend time with your closest friends, or steal away for some intimate wedding photography. Basically, do what makes you happy and celebrate every moment!
Image courtesy of Jen Huang Photography
So there's our guide to having the perfect hygge wedding. We can't wait to see this trend becoming more and more popular!
For more wedding inspiration, check out the best Winter Wedding Theme Ideas and start planning the perfect wintry celebration!