Deciding on a winter wedding offers you the chance to create a unique and magical atmosphere that will make your special day truly unforgettable. With the colder temperatures and shorter days, winter weddings provide you with an opportunity to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for your guests. From snow-covered landscapes to romantic candlelit receptions, there are many great reasons why you should consider having a winter wedding.
In the past, many brides have opted for a winter wedding to cut down on costs. But, historically it was very common. Many weddings had to be brought forward in times of war and other emergencies. These days though the winter wedding is an increasingly popular choice as it makes your nuptials stand out from the crowd. Add in a vintage vibe and you will really have a wedding to remember.
If anything the right dress is more important than ever when it comes to a winter wedding. When it comes to shopping for a winter wedding dress, it’s important to find a dress that not only reflects your bridal style but it does need to be practical, too.
The very last thing you want is to be shivering at the altar. So, whether you’re getting married indoors or outdoors, it’s a good idea to pick out wedding dresses crafted from heavy-weight fabrics like crepe, velvet, and brocade. These fabrics are warm, look luxurious, and feel particularly fitting for snowy backdrops and cozy intimate venues.
Winter is a great time to go to town on the accessories front. You can keep warm with gloves or a muff which can both look ultra stylish. If hats look good on you, you could consider one too. Lace gives a real vintage feel with its timeless look and you can afford to add extra layers when the weather is cooler.
Whilst it’s now possible to buy almost any variety of flowers at any time of the year, most good florists will work with the seasons. Using seasonal flowers means better value for money and is just one of the ways you can save on your wedding flower budget.
It’s more a more sustainable choice too. If you have actively chosen a winter wedding though, you’ll probably want to embrace the season by using some evergreen material, seasonal berries, and even pine cones.
A great way to greet your guests at a winter wedding is with a hot toddy of some description. Mulled wine or winter cider is an obvious choice, but you could also opt for a whisky or brandy-based warming drink. Maybe go for Irish coffee to add a bit of luxury to the end of your wedding meal.
Go for a winter look for your reception venue too. There are loads of different ideas out there, maybe go for simple bench seating with sheepskin toppers rather than traditional chairs. Lots of greenery is a simple and cheap way to create a winter look. In fact, if you go for a wedding near Christmas, you can take advantage of the fact that your venue is probably already decorated for the festive season.
Your food choices can reflect the season too. You probably don’t want to pick out a summer salad for the depths of winter, so pick out warming dishes like beef and venison with seasonal vegetables. Maybe this is the time for a traditional, fruit wedding cake rather than something lighter.
If you decide to opt for a winter wedding, make sure you embrace the season and don’t try to sandwich a spring or summer wedding into a different season. Enjoy the differences the season brings, your wedding will be so much more memorable for it. And with luck, you may even get a little snow for your wedding photos.