Weddings abroad are becoming increasingly popular, but not everyone dreams of marrying on a warm, sandy beach. We take a look at getting hitched in a winter wonderland.

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The Ice Chapel

How about saying your wedding vows in Northern Finland at Kakslauttanen, within the Arctic Circle. If you’ve dreamed of a snowy wedding, you’ll certainly get one here! Every winter, a beautiful Ice Chapel is built to perform wedding ceremonies. Here, you can say your wedding vows on any day of the week, walk to the Ice Chapel through the snow-covered woods or take a magical sleigh ride pulled by reindeer.

We don’t recommend that you spend your wedding night in a snow room though, but a glass igloo or queen suite with sauna would certainly be memorable. Imagine enjoying your very own, private outdoor Jacuzzi, sipping on Champagne and watching the Northern Lights. What could be more romantic than that?

A skiing wedding

If you’re the sporty type and love skiing, then why not combine this with a holiday in the snow?

Austria is the ideal place to have a winter wedding and the skiing is world class. Even your non-skiing guests will adore the beauty of the mountains and lap up the clear mountain air.

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Snow-queen bridalwear

Think rich fabrics – velvets, damask, taffeta or duchess satin. If you’ve always wanted a full-skirted fairytale dress, then this is the time to indulge.

Embellish your dress with crystals that will sparkle in the winter sunlight. With the weather being chilly, you’ll probably want to cover up, so look at some elegant wedding gowns with sleeves – either full or bracelet length.

If you’re going for a strapless dress, you’re going to need a cover-up to keep you from freezing while en route to your venue. Fur shrugs or boleros are a must!

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Snow shoes

Let’s talk about every girl’s favourite accessory – shoes. You’re probably better off going for something with a closed toe. Leave sandals and peep toes for warmer months and embrace the time of year you’ve chosen.

In winter, a flash of diamanté on a shoe can look wonderful, as can shoes in a metallic finish or a bright colour. Just remember, if it’s icy, it will be slippery outside, so beware of slipping in your stilettos. One solution would be to wear weddington boots, which will make your walk to the ceremony and venue both comfortable, fun and provides some great photo opportunities. You can slip into something a little more sparkly and dainty once you’re safely inside.

Getting your winter look right

You really can go down the formal route with your hair at a winter wedding. An elegant chignon would look stunning with a winter wedding gown. If you’ve always wanted to wear a statement tiara, then this is the time to go for it!

If you want to rock a more boho look, opt for a long cape with a hood and have your hair flowing freely beneath.

In winter you should use a more creamy foundation that’s moisturising, as cold air is very drying to the skin. Joyce from Brides and Beauty recommends Bobbi Brown, “Colours for make-up can be deeper – reds and rose pinks,” says Joyce. “Try browns and autumn colours on your eyes, but don’t go for the smoky eyed look.”

Winter florals

Choose blooms that are in season and go for a richer, darker colour palette. Deep-red roses with dark-green leaves. Don’t forget about winter berries – these can look fantastic in a winter bouquet. Your florist will have some great ideas – talk things through.

Keeping your guests warm

On arrival at your reception, keep your wedding guests warm with blankets and wraps and serve them piping-hot chocolate, or a warming mulled wine. Delicious!

With snow, ice and bright blue skies, winter can be an incredibly romantic time of year to get married. Happy planning!

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