Many people choose to get married in the great outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of nature, and this is true of all the seasons. Winter weddings are especially popular as a result of the dramatic scenery that emerges once the trees lose their leaves and snow begins to fall.
The magic of the season makes it ideal for a wedding, but you will need to do a bit of extra planning for winter nuptials. Read on for a guide to arranging your wedding with the winter weather in mind.
Where you choose to get married might depend on factors like how close to home you want to be, how easy the venue will be for guests to reach and whether there is overnight accommodation on site or nearby in case of bad weather, as well as whteher the venue is attractive and reflects your tastes.
There are all sorts of places ideal for a wedding outside, such as castles with vast courtyards, barns with marquees and manor houses with pretty landscaped gardens and lakes. The weather is likely to play a part on your big day, so you may need to factor in some shelter from the elements as a backup in case it rains or snows especially badly. Country House Wedding Venues have locations perfect for adapting to the changeable weather.
As well as ensuring you send out invitations, have your outfits ready on time, arrange transport and the wedding breakfast, there are other preparations to make for a winter wedding. You might need to invest in a number of umbrellas and knitted items for your guests if you’ll be spending some time outdoors, and mention to your invitees that they may need to bring appropriate footwear or clothing in light of the outside setting.
If it’s snowing heavily on your big day, there could be delays in your guests arriving at the venue; booking somewhere with overnight accommodation can be helpful, as people who are integral to the ceremony could stay overnight to ensure they’ll be at the venue on time. Even so, it’s wise to have some stand-ins if your guests are reading at the ceremony.
A winter wedding calls for hearty and warming food and drink, so, rather than a champagne reception, you could offer your guests warm drinks like Irish coffees, mulled wine, hot toddies or warm cider, along with some cooked hors d’oeuvre.
For the main meal, you might want to start with some hot soup or winter broth, followed by a hearty main course that uses seasonal vegetable as a base. A hot, comforting pudding like a crumble with custard or bread and butter pudding is an ideal way to round off a hearty winter feast.
There are lots of wintry design elements you could work into the decor for your wedding, from snowflakes and icicles to verdant greenery. If you’re having your ceremony outdoors, you might want to hang glass pendants from the trees and plants nearby, or festoon them with white bows to symbolise your winter theme. Poinsettia plants can add some colour to an outdoor venue, and you could use the festive colours of red and green as a basis for your colour scheme.
If winter is well and truly set in when your big day comes around, you could add quirky touches to the event by hiring sleighs and letting guests take rides in them, or even building snowmen near to the entrance of the venue or outdoors at the spot where you’ll say your vows!