When Allie and Jason decided to get married in December, Allie had snow on her mind and plenty of it.

She so desperately wanted snow on her wedding day that she almost hired a snow machine for the event to make sure that everything looked the way she had dreamed of. But nature stepped in to fulfil Allie’s dream and as her wedding day approached it began to snow – heavily!

If you’re holding your wedding in the depths of winter, then add some special touches to celebrate the season. If you’re marrying around Christmas, then use festive accents to reinforce the time of year and for a church wedding you could choose to sing Christmas carols instead of traditional hymns.

The big day style

We love the red theme Allie chose to style her day, perfect for a winter theme.

The bridesmaids bright red dresses contrasted beautifully with the snowy surroundings. Allie cleverly presented them with a soft cream pashmina each to keep them warm on the chilly day.

The bridesmaids kept their toes toasty by snuggling up in their Ugg boots until the last minute, when they switched to their jewel-red shoes to accompany Allie down the aisle.

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A little flowergirl or pageboy will always bring ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the guests at your ceremony. We particularly like the way that Allie’s little flowergirl was accessorised with a simple bright scarlet hairband and a warm red button-up jacket over her dress. And, of course, a pair of little red party shoes to match.

Allie’s dress was winter perfection. Her twinkly tiara echoed the glittering snow outside and crystals on her bodice added a glamorous touch. If you’re marrying in winter, look for touches on your dress like this – sparkles look wonderful in a bright winter light.

The groom and his best men matched the girls with bright red ties bringing the whole wintry look together.

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Wonderful wintry décor

In the church, simple sprays of white flowers with winter greenery were placed on the pew ends, with trailing red ribbons. The bride had a gorgeous bouquet with red roses at the centre.

After the ceremony, the party left to go to a reception at Phyllis Court Club in Henley. The 1930’s Deco-style building, set in beautiful grounds by the River Thames, was perfectly suited to winter wedding photographs.

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Winter wedding must-haves

Here are a few things to think about if you’re having a winter wedding and a flurry of snow has suddenly arrived.

Wedding insurance

Unexpected weather can cause travel delays, pipes can burst and parcels can be held up. If you’ve got some good insurance in place, you know that you’ll be better prepared to deal with any crisis that comes up. It’s cheap as chips, so there’s no excuse for not having it, and it could save you thousands if anything goes wrong.

Contingency plans

You’ll also need to review your transport plans. If you’ve organised a limo, just check with the car company and make sure the vehicle has the right tyres to cope with slippery roads.

Slippery paths

Check with your ceremony and reception venues that paths will have been cleared of snow and gritted if necessary. You don’t want guests in high heels or leather soled shoes to slip and hurt themselves.

Cover up

Shivering your way through your wedding photographs isn’t a good look and neither are lips blue with cold. So, wrap up as you go to and from your ceremony and venue in a warm cloak, pashmina or shrug and make sure your bridesmaids can do the same. A warm pashmina makes a great bridesmaid gift, too.

If you’re planning to get married in winter and have some ideas you’d like to share, why not visit the Wedding Ideas forum and give our real-life brides some advice today?