Add the perfect finishing touches to a frosty wintry wedding with these picture-perfect ideas for your celebration
1. Assess the temperature of your venue(s) in advance
If you're swapping your vows in an old building (such as a church) that doesn't have central heating, make sure you plan accordingly. Investigate your options: could you bring in heaters to keep your guests warm? Or, failing that, would you be able to source cheap-but-warm blankets for your guests to snuggle up under?
2. Candles and fairylights can transform both your ceremony and reception
From fairylights twisted around beams and pillar candles in jars at the end of your ceremony aisles to arrangements of tealights and pine cones on your reception tables - there are so many ways to include flickering flames in your celebration. Check with your venue in advance: not all venues permit the useage of candles, in which case use imitations or fairylights.
3. Pick a wedding gown with sleeves - or find a stylish cover-up
Spoiler alert: if you're marrying in the winter, it will be cold. So, pick a wedding gown with gorgeous lace sleeves or invest in a chic cover-up: it could be a furry bolero, a super-cool leather jacket, a wooly cardigan... Heck, even a shawl.
4. Seasonal decorations are beautiful - but don't go over-board
A sprig of mistletoe in the doorway? Gorgeous! Strings of fairylights entwined with holly and fresh, fragrant foliage? Beautiful! Less is definitely more when it comes to wintry wedding decor: keep things minimal so they can have more impact.
5. That said, be creative with what you incorporate
Tying the knot before or directly after Christmas? Don't be afraid to use festive decorations in creative ways: for example, a bauble guestbook can make for a gorgeous souvenir of your wedding day for years to come.
6. A hot chocolate bar = low-fuss, memorable and gorgeous
Your guests will love the chance to create their very own winter-warmer drink. Provide marshmallows, cream, chocolate sprinkles and more, as well as some alcoholic options for the grown-ups, too.
7. Provide the perfect refreshments
Let's be honest: winter calls for comfort food. And lots of it! For the reception, provide a buffet-style spread of treats for guests to help themselves to - jacket potatoes, slices of pizza, miniature puddings and so on.
8. Prepare for the worst weather-wise - and plan accordingly
Assume that the weather will be bad. Well, it's not going to be blistering heat, is it? Prepare for rain, sleet, fog, maybe even snow - because it's always good to have a Plan B.
9. On that note: assume there will be mud or puddles
By which we mean, if you'll be outfoors for a part of the celebration (such as the formal photographs) brace yourself for your dress getting dirty, or those pristine white bridal heels getting a little, er, grubby. Alternatively, bring wellies and be prepared to hitch up your skirts. Oh, the glamour!
10. Your favours are an easy-peasy way to add a festive twist to your celebration
11. Make the most of seasonal photo opportunities
If there's snow, head outside; if there are beautiful decorations at your venue, incorporate them into your pictures.
Whatever you plan for your winter wedding - make the most of every second and enjoy each moment!