Frosted crystal glasses topped with crimson wine contrasted against icy evenings and comforting log fires set the perfect scene for a spectacular winter wedding. Although many may opt for the more popular summer wedding option, they are missing out on so many fabulous elements that make up the beautiful winter wedding. First off the cost-saving benefits associated with mid-year weddings means more funds available for other décor features, while the extravagant outfits that come out in the colder months make for a truly majestic scene.
Light it up
The shorter days and longer nights lend themselves to the illuminating glow of warm fireplaces, candelabras, candles and fairy lights which always create an enticingly romantic atmosphere. The use of more subdued lighting artfully located throughout the venue alludes to mystical gothic castles, made increasingly popular by the Beauty and the Beast film release.
Warm woollen blankets, elaborate throws and fluffy coats can make stunning props for your special day photographs, just make sure to plan ahead with your photographer. And it’s worth checking the time of sunset as daylight hours are shorter, meaning less time for photographs.
Winter jewellery doesn’t have to be overdone and pearls or Swarovski crystals make for subtle touches that echo the frosty winter whiteness. A crystal snowflake comb, sash or necklace is the perfect touch on your glittery day.
‘Woodn’t’ it be nice?
A lumberjack motif incorporating wood as elegant décor works brilliantly against the icy translucence of the winter wedding. Bonfires, twig-infused centrepieces and woodpile backdrops make for an inviting ‘mountain lodge’ feel while natural evergreen foliage creates a rustic look replacing overdone chair covers. Pine cones are also a classic winter wedding adornment and are an extremely cost-effective décor option. And, for the final touch, cinnamon sticks and winter berries can be combined for a chic, organic napkin ring alternative.
The bridal party must be ready for the inevitable dry skin and chapped lips that come with winter weddings so alter your beauty regime accordingly in the run up, as well as keeping moisturiser and lip ice handy on the day.
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The cold winter wedding is instantly warmed up with the right drink such as mulled wine, a hot brandy cocktail, traditional brews and even whipped cream topped hot chocolate. For a wedding favour, consider personalised mugs for guests to take home.
Winter weddings bring out the rustic, natural feel with the incorporation of organic materials such as wood and cotton. The look and texture of natural cotton is ideal for winter weddings and can be incorporated in bouquets, wreaths and centrepieces.
Keep your bridesmaids warm
When considering your bridesmaid dresses remember that they will have to be warm at that frosty winter wedding as well. Consider thick tights under the bridesmaid dresses and cute capes or shawls.
And don’t forget your guests
While photographs are being taken and there is mingling among guests, consider leaving some soft, fleecy blankets around for them to snuggle up. Warm guests are happy guests. It’s also worth having someone on coat check duty to add a touch of class.
There are just so many wonderful elements that make a winter wedding really worthwhile and as long as there is enough preparation and forethought, it will be an unforgettable occasion for all.
The Nutcracker Country Wedding venue offers the perfect location to host your Winter Wedding with warm days, spectatular lighting for photos and minimal chances of rain.
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