Winter weddings are utterly magical and it’s the most romantic time of the year, filled with hot drinks, tasty winter treats, festive decor, roaring fires, candle lit receptions and cosy evenings.
While the weather (especially in Ireland) can be a little on the chilly side, there are lots of stunning ways to make sure your winter wedding is full to the brim of little touches to keep your guests happy and snug. To ensure your winter wedding goes off without a hitch we’ve gathered some top tips and ideas to ensure your winter wedding is magical.
Consider just one venue
Before you get into full swing of winter wedding planning, consider having one venue or having venues located near each other. This will make it a lot easier travel wise in winter time for both you and guests, especially in icy or rainy weather.
Invitations and wedding website
When it comes to invitations and wedding website ideas there are lots of nice subtle winter options that can look stunning but not overkill. Carry your winter theme to both of these will ensure that guests will know what to expect for your festive bash. Taking into account the likelihood of dodgy weather, it’s a good idea to include tips for guests on your wedding website such as allowing extra time for travel and arriving early as well including the much needed directions.
Winter attire and accessories
We love long sleeved wedding dresses (think HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton!) Faux fur stole, capes and hand warmers for your bridal party are also stunning winter bridal options.
Another good tip is to purchase white or cream soft blankets to keep you and your bridal party warm whilst waiting for your photographer to set up all for your photoshoot!
Winter wedding colors
What a fantastic opportunity to indulge in rich colors, gold and glitter. Consider warm tones of berry red, burgundy, black and gold for your bridesmaid dresses and decor and add extra wintry romance with this season’s must have greenery. For show-stopping bridesmaid dresses consider bridesmaid dresses in glitter. Sequin or glitter dresses are always easy to find come winter and they also look stunning in photos. Additionally silver and white with crystal accents can add some serious glamour to your winter wedding.
Calla lilies, Red roses, Amaryllis and Ranunculuses are great winter flowers and they look stunning with greenery, however another great option are white hydrangeas as they naturally look fuller. Flowers such as these will easily complement your winter theme. Adding the all needed sparkle to your bouquet with ribbon embellished with crystals and glitter.
Suits for the guys
To ensure your groom and groomsmen tie in with your theme, suits in velvet and tweed can be a great option. Color wise, mulberry and navy look very classy in the winter time.
Create a warm winter look to your table decor with clever tablescaping creating a winter ambiance by using woodland details such as twigs, log slices, fir foliage and cinnamon sticks. A great budget-friendly idea; pine cones are the classic winter adornment. Create a winter ambiance by scattering them about your ceremony and table decor for an instant seasonal touch.
Another stunning option is to decorate behind the top table or altar with a crystal curtain backdrop adorned with hanging strands of elegant white orchids.
Here is where you can get fun and creative by incorporating in lots of fun winter signage to your decor. Some of our favorites include “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Be Merry and Bright”, or “joy To The World”.
Add a romantic atmosphere with candles
Similar to the above point, given it will be quite dark early embrace it with lots of fairy lighting, candles and lanterns in both your ceremony and reception space.
Keep Guests Warm
Whether you plan on having a church or civil ceremony lots of venues can be chilly in winter months so providing blankets is a lovely touch. Also providing a hot drink such as a mini hot chocolate with marshmallows or eggnog on arrival is a nice and simple idea. Nom.
To tie in with the above idea, a perfect winter themed wedding favour is a mug with a sachet of hot chocolate inside. This can easily be done on the cheap as well with by purchasing mugs from IKEA or other budget stores.
There’s nothing cosier than a hot drink in winter time and your guests will remember your special day every time they use the mug.
Alternatives to canapes and tea
Instead of serving up the usual canapes its worthwhile checking if your venue will provide a hot chocolate, churros or crepes station. These treats are sure to warm up guests as well as giving the wow factor! If churros or crepes aren’t an option other good alternatives are freshly baked mini scones with mini mugs of soup. Additionally offering guests warm winter inspired cocktails, mulled wine, hot whiskies or hot ports will also go down a treat.
Consider a classical pianist, cellist or string quartet or if you would like to give your guests the wow factor have a capella quartet sing your favourite modern songs.
Timing of photography
One definitely to remember- it gets darker much earlier in the winter. In Ireland for instance, it starts to get dark as early as 4:30pm so adjusting your photo schedule for more light is imperative. Planning your photo shoot before your ceremony can be a good idea or if this isn’t for you, plan to take pictures immediately after your ceremony. Having a good chat with your photographer is key as they will be experienced enough to know what will work best to maximize light. Additionally don’t forget to have nice umbrellas on stand by for outdoor wedding photographs.
For a show stopping winter wedding cake, consider a white vintage style wedding cake with edible silver powder and Winter berries.
Most importantly have fun planning your magical winter wonderland wedding day! X
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