In fact, winter weddings are becoming more and more popular for a number of different reasons. We’ve come up with 10 top reasons why you should be planning to get hitched at this beautiful time of year.
It’s a nice day for a white wedding
If you’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow on your big day then your photographs will really make your wedding day look like a winter wonderland. The further north you are, the higher your chances are for those magical moments so look for venues in Scotland, or around Manchester or Yorkshire.
With the nights drawing in, you can start an evening party that bit sooner, which means you have longer to enjoy it! Dress up your venue and get the atmosphere going from the moment dusk sets in. Use fairylights to create a magical scene and remember you can dress up exterior trees, too, use candles to light walkways outside and if your budget stretches to it, why not have a firework display after the speeches?
“The light can be amazing for a winter wedding, think of all those candles, tea lights, open fires and lanterns,” says Kelly Hood of Boho Weddings. “But remember to book an early wedding ceremony, otherwise you will run out of daylight altogether. If you go for a 3pm ceremony the light will be gone by the time you get out of the church. Winter weddings also work well for smaller more intimate groups as you’ll already have a cosy atmosphere to start with.”
Make your money go further
Choosing a winter wedding date gives you a big bargaining chip with your suppliers. Winter tends to be a less busy time of year so you’ll find more availability and suppliers are keen to sell their wares at this time. Look around and use the Internet to see what’s on offer. For example, Berwick Lodge near Bristol is offering a winter wedding package for £4500 which includes venue hire and a wedding breakfast for up to 50 guests.
If you’ve set your heart on a venue and are getting married at fairly short notice, you’ll find it much easier to get your dream Saturday date winter.Plus it’s even easier to book your venue if you decided to get married midweek. Your guests will also find it easier to get accommodation locally and may decide to have a mini winter break as a result.
A holiday season
If you get married over the Christmas period and New Year, you’ll find that many people have taken time off work in any case, so if you want to have a mid-week wedding then go for it. A wedding on New Year’s Eve would be super special, what better way to start off a new year than being Mr & Mrs? Of course winter isn’t just Christmas, you could get married over Valentine’s Day and still have a wintry theme.
A seasonal highlight
If you marry in the winter, it’s unlikely your guests will have been to a do for a while and they’ll be ready for a good wedding party – unlike the summer when your guests could become wedding weary due to the amount of celebrations they’ve attended! Dressing up for an evening winter wedding is also easier in some ways – girls can just wear a pretty cocktail frock and they’re all set to go.
Mulled wine by the fireside
When you’re looking for venues, check out ones that are particularly suited to the winter season – we’re thinking castles and stately homes that have big hallways dominated by an open fire place. As your guests arrive at the reception, serve mulled wine in the warm and later on you could use this area as a chill-out area for offering tea, coffee, cake and maybe a nightcap. If your venue has a Christmas tree, all the better!
Honeymoon in the tropics
If you marry during July and August, you’re likely to have to pay more for your honeymoon as it’s during school holiday season. You’ll also have to avoid places like the Caribbean because of hurricanes at this time. Marry in December or the winter months and you won’t have this issue; it’s the perfect time to visit the Maldives, South Africa or a Caribbean island.
Don’t get hung up on the weather
If you’re marrying in winter, you don’t need to worry about whether you’re going to have rain, sun or whether it’s going to be cold. You’ll be expecting winter weather, your guests will be ready for it and you’ll be holding your wedding indoors in any case. Okay, so if you get a snowy day that’s a bonus, but unlike a summer wedding being held in a marquee, you won’t be anxiously checking the long range weather forecast.
Your big day look
Some of us have looks that just suit winter as a time of year more than summer. If you’re fair skinned and spend your time avoiding the sun, then why not celebrate your style and be a winter princess. Enhance your big day look with accessories in rich plums, forest greens, berry reds and scarlets.
If you’re planning a winter celebration, then you need to check out our Winter Weddings section for more amazing inspiration.