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How to Plan a Perfect Winter Wedding

Planning a winter wedding comes with its own list of challenges, but it also comes with its own list of benefits. There are a few things to consider when planning the perfect winter wedding so let’s talk about some of them.

Choose your colours with care

Photo credits Kathryn Fruge , Shane Webber. Taken from Martha Stewart

Winter wedding does not automatically mean you should grab your Christmas baubles, in fact you would do well by not relying on the Christmas season to inspire your wedding design. Although it can be a fun gimmick, you need to remember that this is a day that you will be looking back on for the rest of your life. There is a fine line between fun gimmick and a tacky faux par. For example red and green might look cute on your dining table this holiday, but for a wedding? I’ll let you make the final decision on that.


When choosing your palette leaning toward cooler colours can be an obvious choice for the chillier seasons. This is the time that it can be crucial to warm your space. A bright white can be icy and cold, whereas an off white can create a more inviting environment and heat the space when paired with other autumnal colours.


Create an Atmosphere

Photo Credits Wild East Photography

It’s a winter wedding, so let’s get cosy! During the winter the outside offering a chilly and harsh alternative, you want to create a cosy and inviting environment for your guests. I’m thinking open fireplaces, fluffy blankets and comfy upholstered furniture. Why not create a rolling hot chocolate bar that warms up your guests from the inside out? After all, who doesn’t love a cheeky hot choccy. An atmosphere isn’t solely created by looks, you need to think of all 5 senses. See, Hear, Smell, Touch, Taste. Scented candles and textured centre piece, when planning a wedding, you are planning an entire experience. What do you want your guests going away from the day feeling like?


What about travel?

As the weather gets worse you will find that your guests will have more trouble travelling to/from and between venues, they are going to want to stay out of the cold wherever possible. You could consider having just the one venue for ceremony and reception, or two venues that are very close in proximity. Alternatively, you could leave a little extra time in the day to make up for any delays when travelling due to bad weather. Of course your guests will most likely be happy with any plans you make, but trying to accommodate for these things where possible creates happy guests and a happy couple.


Bonus* Stay on top of your make-up

Photo Credits: Jeannine Bonadio Photography

In the winter your prone to dry skin and lips, so make sure you have someone on standby with the Vaseline. You could speak to your MUA about how to combat the Rudloph nose and rosy cheeks, especially if you’re considering taking outdoor photographs. In England, you can never bet on the weather, especially in winter, so it is something to talk through with your hair stylist.


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