Is there anything quite as magical as a winter wedding? From crimson blooms to roaring log fires, there’s an endless list of possibilities when it comes to seasonal details that will add that all important warmth and charm to your special day. If you’re planning to deck the halls for your own winter nuptial, these ideas are bound to make you fall in love all over again.
The winter months are historically the least popular to tie the knot, with brides and grooms favouring spring and late summer. But you heard it here first – winter weddings have a lot going for them. From date flexibility and better rates to the ultimate romantic atmosphere, there’s no surprise getting hitched at the most wonderful time of year is rising in popularity.
Selecting a venue
When selecting your winter wedding venue, it helps to consider your theme first. Often, your chosen venue’s interior will form the basis of your theme, so having a beautiful space you can work around makes the whole décor process a little easier. After a rustic aesthetic? A barn makes for the perfect choice whereas a country estate oozes the character and charm of a more classic ceremony, and for an ultra-modern feel, try a chic hotel. It’s also important to consider whether your venue is weatherproof, has good heating (or with the option of bringing heaters in) and can provide that all important cosy, dreamy scene.
When choosing a winter colour scheme, it’s easy to gravitate towards the season’s signature hues. But there are so many more festive colours than just red and green. Why not channel a clear winter’s night sky with navy accents? Or if you’re feeling cosy, plush plum and gold will do the trick. The combinations are endless, and no matter what theme you choose, we guarantee you won’t be wishing for Spring.
Experiment with textures
Just like we add another layer of clothing to our wardrobes to stay warm during winter – incorporating layers of texture into your wedding décor is also super important during the chilly season. Mixing and matching different textiles will create the ultimate cosy feel as well as add visual interest to your wedding décor. Think faux fur, fleecy tartan, soft velvet, and woven wool and get experimenting with everything from table runners to draping!
Choose seasonal flowers
Fewer flowers may be in bloom in the winter, but that doesn’t mean you need to compromise on your arrangements. Wintry foliage like ivy, springs of yew, holly and hypericum berries make the perfect centrepieces and highlight the natural beauty of the season. When it comes to your bouquet, a mix of king protea, roses, gerbera daisies, fritillaria, waxflower, silver brunia, eryngium, tulips and gorgeous greenery creates the ultimate festive showstopper.
Wonderful winter flavours
Whilst dainty canapes are traditional and an all-round favourite, when its chilly outside, guests want comfort food. From roasted meats and vegetables to warming spices and homely desserts, make your guests feel nostalgic, warm, and ready to have a good time with a festive feast. A few favourites among our guests here at Salomons Estate are smoky pulled beef brisket and horseradish relish profiteroles, lamb rump and tiramisu cheesecake.
Bringing the outdoors in
Escaping the cold weather doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the beautiful earthy elements of mother nature. When it comes incorporating organic beauty into your wedding, there are tons of ideas to tap into. From wrapping foliage around a chandelier for a more theatrical feel to dressing a mantelpiece with a romantic floral display intertwined with flickering candles, the possibilities of bringing the outdoors in really are endless.
Warming winter drinks
There’s no denying it’s going to be cold which is why providing hot drinks upon arrival is a winter wedding must. Hot cider and mulled wine will keep your guests warm and toasty during the ceremony and add the perfect unique twist to your special day. And for a sweet, post-dinner treat, why not serve boozy hot chocolate? Try adding Baileys, whiskey, Amaretto, or coconut rum to really get the party started.
Creating a cosy atmosphere
Creating an atmospheric setting will ultimately set the mood for your guests as soon as they enter the room, so it’s important to get it right. For the ceremony, try lining the aisle with candles and lanterns to create a feeling of intimacy. And for your reception, dangling fairy lights from the ceiling or incorporating them into your table décor is the perfect way to create an enchanting atmosphere. Other elements such as faux fur blankets, heaters and cushions are sure to keep your wedding party toasty and warm all night long.
Fabulously festive favours
Spread a little festive cheer by surprising your guests with some amazing seasonal treats. From seasonal sips (eggnog pudding shots, we’re looking at you), to gorgeous wintery keepsakes, there are lots of ways you and your fiancé can treat your loved ones whilst remaining in keeping with your theme.
Pleasing the senses
Venue? Check. Menu? Nailed it. But how is the wedding going to smell? Yes, you read that correctly. Scent is directly linked to memory and emotion, so why not go further than simply wearing your favourite perfume and incorporate an elegant, evocative scent into your special day? As we’re covering all things winter, try injecting a burst of seasonal citrus, warming cinnamon, or sandalwood, and jasmine to trigger memories and nostalgia in years to come.
Prepare to be flexible
Although planning a winter wedding has its advantages, it’s a typically busy time of year for all. Make sure you send your save the dates out well in advance and prepare for possible travel delays on the day.
Have you got your heart set on a winter wedding? You can enter 2023 as newlyweds right here at Salomons Estate. We still have availability for December 31st, 2022. Venue hire starts from £3,000 and enquiries can be made by emailing email@example.com