Beautiful blooms, dreamy fairy lights and romantic candlelit ceremonies... it’s time to embrace the cosy season, brides
1 Flower crowns
Please don’t think that floral crowns are limited to just summer nuptials. We’re talking big crisp white roses, plenty of foliage and maybe even some red berries scattered throughout... it looks beautiful and smells lush.
2 Colour code
People tend to gravitate towards darker hues in the colder months, but if you want them to wear warmer colours to complement your scheme, don’t be afraid to ask! Your guests will want you to have your dream day.
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3 Couple’s cocktails
If you’re not a lover of mulled wine, but still want something delicious to warm up your guests, how about a tasty blend of fresh cranberries, warm cider and whiskey mixed together?
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4 Hot chocolate welcome
Have someone greet your guests with a steaming mug of hot chocolate when they first arrive to warm them up – you could even add a splash of amaretto for the grown ups!
5 Looking up
Floral chandeliers don’t look like they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon, so embrace the trend and incorporate warm lights inside for a winter wonderland feel. If your budget won’t quite stretch, look instead at paper honeycombs, pompoms or bunting. You could even opt for icicle fairy lights...
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… especially fresh ones; they smell incredible. Dot them around your venue as they will fill it with a beautiful scent and add pine cones and chestnuts for extra bonus points.
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7 Christmas market vibes
Transport your guests to a traditional German market and set up individual food stations serving melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts, juicy burgers and mouthwatering hot dogs for something a little different.
8 Live music
Obvious option here: Christmas carollers. But if you’re looking to avoid festive vibes, you could always look at bands, singers or a string quartet to create a fairytale atmosphere.
9 Wrap up warm
Provide soft and snuggly blankets and throws for your guests, especially if your ceremony is in a chilly church. Signpost them clearly and encourage your loved ones to grab one – no one wants to be shivering all day!
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Oh the weather outside is frightful... so now is the perfect time for you to sprinkle flashes of winter frost throughout your venue. Sequin tablecloths, bridesmaids in head-to-toe sparkles, shimmering cakes; we love it all!
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Ooh, we do love a good anemone! With their striking black centres, delicate ruffled edges and availability in a plethora of colours, they add drama and romance to any bouquet.
Dress your best girls in jewel tones to emphasise your theme and match your flowers. Although pastels and pale hues still look pretty in the winter months, deeper colours really make an impact and will suit the season perfectly.
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13 Woodland vibes
Hankering after a bohemian feel to your day? Bring the outdoors inside with rustic and woodland-inspired details. Chunky log slices, tables draped in moss, hessian details, hay bales – go for the whole lot! Just make sure you supply your guests with blankets, especially if you’re tying the knot in a barn.
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14 Roaring log fire
Not only do these look spectacular in photographs, but the gentle sound of a crackling fire creates an inviting ambience – and will keep everyone feeling snug.
You didn’t think we would leave out this iconic bloom did you? From the deepest, richest red, to clean whites and dreamy pinks, the most classic of bridal flowers always comes out on top for a reason: it looks and smells beautiful.
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16 Place names
Cute pinecones dipped in glitter, shimmering snowflakes, Christmas baubles, berries tied with silky ribbons... the opportunities are endless when it comes to signposting.
Gold Star Bauble Place Card Holders, £7.99 for six, Ginger Ray
17 Light it up
It wouldn’t be a winter wedding without a sparkler exit now, would it? Ask your gueststo form lines and send you off in style – your photographer will get some great shots! Christmas baubles, berries tied with silky ribbons... the opportunities are endless when it comes to signposting.
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18 Vibrant flowers
Just because it’s colder outside, don’t think you only have to have white or dark blooms. Go for eyecatching, vibrant colours to make a real splash and cheer up even the most overcast or rainy of days! (This is Britain, after all).
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19 Winter wonderland
Winter weddings are the perfect time to experiment with lighting. Create a cosy space that looks magical and classy by introducing white trees with glimmering crystals suspended from them. We also love hanging orchids falling from the branches – they look just like falling snowflakes.
20 Let it glow
Set the scene with flickering candle light (if your venue has concerns, you can always go for battery operated ones). Displaychunky ones in lanterns for a real fairytale vibe and showcase different sizes and heights on candelabras or on your tables for a soft and romantic light.
21 Go for gold
You just can’t go wrong with gold for winter nuptials. Elegant, classy and timeless, dotting the odd incorporation of gold throughout (be it plates, cutlery or vases) just looks picture-perfect and the warm shade will flatter practically every colour scheme.
22 All white on the night
Snowy white flowers with plenty of foliage is a surefire way to wow your guests. Line your aisle with oversized arrangements, dress your tables with low displays and carry a knockout bouquet for that I’ve-just-stepped-into-Narnia feel.
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23 Dreamy lace
You could always channel the Ice Queen for your big day, but for those of you who want something a little more subtle, a timeless lace gown will look enchanting and whimsical. Another perk of getting married in winter – you can treat yourself to a little bolero or jacket. Remove it in the evening and voilà, you have a new outfit!
To quote The Great Gatsby “a little balloon never hurt nobody” (okay, we made that up), but seriously, balloons are having a moment right now and when there’s so many fantastic options, you can’t blame couples for going crazy for them.
25 Let them eat cake
A little bit of sparkle, or maybe cascading white sugar roses tumbling down the tiers... or perhaps we can tempt you with a cake adorned with fresh flowers? Either way, embrace the season and go for an absolute show-stopper that even Mary Berry would be proud of.