How to ensure your winter wedding doesn’t turn into a festive flop
Winter weddings can be a stunning alternative to a more traditional summer celebration. Instead of drinks on the terrace, photos on the lawns of a large country house and guests in their best summery outfits, you can go for full on icy glamour with a fabulous winter ceremony.
The stage is already set for a dramatic event, particularly if snow has fallen, the skies are the kind of bright blue you get on frosty winter mornings and guests are wrapped up warm in stunning faux-fur jackets to bring a touch of glamour to the occasion.
But the fact a winter wedding will be taking place around the same time as Christmas cannot be ignored. Whether it is held before or after December 25th, there will still be a feeling of festiveness in the air and it is all too easy for your special day to become overshadowed by the time of year.
So, if you want to hold a winter wedding without it turning into a festive celebration that’s more about Christmas trees and tinsel than it is confetti and tear-jerking speeches, then keep reading to find out how.
Choose your colours wisely
The first thing to remember is not to fall into the trap of choosing festive colours when you’re decorating the venue and selecting flowers. Yes, red and green look beautiful during the colder months but as soon as you team them with gold or white you’ll instantly make people think of their tree at home. Instead, why not opt for silver complemented by blue or purple? These colours are wintery but glamorous and add a regal touch.
Holly is an unusual and seasonal addition to your bouquet and flower arrangements, so by all means use some to celebrate the time of year. But don’t go overboard and choose the rest of your bouquet wisely – it shouldn’t look like a Christmas wreath.
Think about transport
Give some thought to your transport and the venue itself. Although a quaint country church may be ideal in summer, it’ll be no use if you can’t get to it during the winter because it’s surrounded by snow. Also, remember that a horse and cart is going to be very difficult to control when the roads are icy. You need to think practically in case the weather is bad on your big day. Although a modern car will have heating and all the usual mod cons, a vintage wedding car will probably be a bit more basic and brides will need a coat to ensure they’re warm enough during their journey.
When it comes to decorating the venue you want to try and create a warm, cosy atmosphere. The venue will inevitably have Christmas decorations in place, but you need to put your own spin on the place and ensure you make it your own, rather than accepting the generic decorations.
I’d recommend getting some scented candles for the centre of the tables, as these will not only give off light and warmth, but ensure there is a gentle, pleasant scent in the room. Avoid Christmas scents though – you don’t want to go overboard.
Another idea for winter table decorations is to purchase a vase encrusted with squares of glass (these are not as expensive as they sound – or look) and fill them with branches that you have sprayed silver. String these with glittering beads or fake sparkly snowflakes. Alternatively, purchase some of those round foam oases, cover them in white carnations and stud them with cranberries.
You winter wedding needs to sparkle – but without resembling a Christmas tree. Follow these tips to get the right balance and arrange a day to remember.
This guest blog was provided by Jane Wooley a freelance writer who blogs extensively about many different subjects, including where best to get your personalised wedding invitations.