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10 Things You Need to Know About Planning a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings when done right can be a work of art. They’re beautiful, romantic and cozy – providing the perfect backdrop for your special day.

However, there are a few practicalities you need to take into consideration when planning a winter wedding.

Don’t worry we’ve got you covered – let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of winter-themed weddings.

1. Don’t Get Caught out by the Light

Naturally, during the winter season, daylight hours are limited. So, you’ll need to factor this into your wedding plans.

This is especially important when it comes to timing your wedding photos. Be sure to speak to your photographer about any specific shots you want.

Take their advice on the best time of day to get these photos. You may have to consider bringing your ceremony forward a little to make the most of the natural light.

This will give you and your photographer a bit wriggle room to shoot your dream wedding snaps.

Married couple kissing on a bench during sunset.

2. Investigate All Your Venue Options

One of the best things about opting for a winter wedding is the cost benefits. They’re usually cheaper to host.

Venues tend to lower their prices during winter months which is excellent news for you.

So, don’t assume you can’t afford your dream venue!

Check out castles (one of the most fabulous and decadent venues for a winter wedding!), manor houses, classy hotels, etc.

These could genuinely be a viable option during winter!

Beautiful castle in a mountainous valley surrounded by trees.

3. Review Your Travel Plans

Logistically winter weddings can be a little trickier. Namely, because the weather can be so unpredictable.

If the snow’s a possibility on your big day, you need to factor it into your schedule. Give yourself PLENTY of time to get to your venue. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

You also need to accept that your guests will probably be late.

Perhaps take matters into your own hands where this is concerned? Consider organizing taxis, a party bus, or, a coach to pick your guests up from a set location and then transport them to the ceremony.

You can keep in close contact with the driver to monitor the timings for yourself.

This eliminates the chances of anyone following you up the aisle – not cool.

White open-top double decker wedding bus on the road.

4. Opt for Rich Colors

Winter weddings crave rich and moody color schemes.

Think navy, burgundy, and dark greens.

Plus, don’t be afraid of a little shimmer dust. Winter is the perfect time to unleash a bit of sparkle!

Two bridesmaid dressed in dark green dresses and floral crowns.
Bridesmaid dressed in a dark blue navy gown.

5. Invest in Wintery Decor

Winter decor is fabulous. Here are a few ideas if you’re looking to turn your venue into a winter wonderland (further blog posts to come on this topic!);

  • Pine cones- You can use them as table decorations, or scatter them around the bar.
  • Christmas trees- Perfect for filling up a bare corner of the room. Consider decorating your tree with gorgeous fairy lights and ball balls that compliment your color scheme.
  • Lanterns and tea lights- These help create both a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. They’re ideal for lighting up footpaths, hanging outside your venue, or, creating mood lighting at your reception.
  • Fairy lights- These can decorate both the interior and exterior of your venue. Drape them from ceilings, create a feature wall, or as part of your table centerpieces – the possibilities are endless.
  • Wooden decor- This is very in right now. Rustic themed decor compliments any wintery theme.
  • Rustic wreaths- Perfect for decorating your venue or as an alterntive to the traditional birdal bouquet.
Pinecone wedding table decoration with brown groom tag.
Mr and Mrs Paper Sign
Rustic wreath hanging on a wooden bench.
Whiter lantern covered in snow with fairy lights inside.

6. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.

No one wants chapped lips or hands on their wedding day.

The cold is notorious for drying out skin. So be sure to look after yourself on the run up to your special day. Moisturize your face daily and carry around hand cream and chapstick in your handbag.

Taking these preventative measures will help avoid dry and flaky skin – that’s never a good look!

Luxury Skin Care Hamper

7. Make Sure You Have a Coat Check at Your Reception

If you’ve opted for a fully staffed venue be sure to liaise with your events manager. You’ll need to tell them in advance an approximate time for your guest’s arrival.

Explain to them you’ll need someone to man the coat check because your guests will have plenty of stuff to off-load!

Alternatively, if you’ve decided to go for room hire only, you should place some hanging rails near the entrance of your reception.

Team this up with beautifully decorated chalkboards or a poster and easel combination. You can use these features to explain to your guests to leave their coats here.

Close up of leather jackets hung up.

8. Be Prepared for Bad Weather

Always be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

Rain might be likely, however much we hope and pray it stays away.

With that in mind, be sure to store umbrellas for you and the rest of the bridal party in your wedding cars.

You should also have some flat and comfy shoes to hand. This will make walking on any wet or slippy terrain easier. This is even more important if there’s snow. You don’t want to risk slipping over in your finery!

Plus, if you have to stand on wet grass, you’ll sink into the ground and damage your gorgeous wedding shoes – so be prepared to avoid that from happening!

Lastly, stash enough pashminas in your wedding cars for both you and your bridesmaids. These will come in handy between photos if it’s cold outside.

Photo of bride in a forest showing her white sneakers
Married couple walk through forest holding clear umbrellas

 9. Keep Your Guests Warm

Bear in mind your venue might be chilly!

To combat this, you could perhaps drape stylish blankets over your guest’s chairs. They can use them as the evening draws near.

Additionally, you could buy a few floor heaters and dot them around your reception.

Last but certainly not least, offer mulled wine or cider. These are perfect winter warmers!

Mulled cider in a glass mug decorated with snowflakes.

10. Communicate with Your Venue

When it comes to planning your decor remember to consult with your venue.

A lot of venues, especially churches will have their own Christmas decorations at this time of year.

You’ll have to work with them to see how you can make the style your own.

Close up of a church pew decorated with a red Christmas bow.

If you’re thinking of planning a winter wedding, we hope this post’s helped you out.

Let us know in the comments your wintery wedding ideas; we’d love to hear from you!

Happy planning!

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