"Warmth, warmth, warmth... A winter wedding revolves around this theme. It's an obvious place to start when talking Winter Wedding trends but it is more than turning on the heater... I love that in the depths of the darkest nights and shortest days, guests have a special event to dress up for."
1. Set the tone by being explicit in your invitation about wrapping up warm if you are going to try for an outside ceremony especially. And remember that this is only if the venue works for this and you have a very good warm Plan B. One thing I loath is cold guests – so be realistic. A crisp winter day can be lovely for 15 minutes but maybe not so much 1/2 hour into standing still at the ceremony.
2. Think about an earlier ceremony to help your photographer out with the last of the afternoon light. Something we're doing a lot more and especially in winter is "first look" Bridal photos pre wedding ceremony. Then you don't to leave the party after you say 'I Do!'
3. How about an afternoon / early evening cocktail hour. Hayley of Hayley Co and I are loving a later ceremony with a drink on arrival (mulled wine or your favourite cocktail) then indoor and outdoor lounge furniture. Baskets of blankets and plenty of seating and heating make it very easy for your guests to relax and enjoy.
4. Keep the menu seasonal – what would you want to eat on a colder day or night? For one wedding we did small cups of soups as a canapé and who doesn't love 'sticky date' anything!
5. Hot drinks are a must – a roving coffee brewer after dinner always goes down a treat or a hot chocolate station instead of dessert.
6. As for the look of the wedding, Hayley is all for texture and fabrics with great lighting. Think wonderful in season floral and foliage. Go wild on candles and lighting, hire big trees, velvet furniture... But go for a cohesive look and do one or two things well rather than little bits scattered.
7. Be great hosts by making it easy for your winter wedding guests to arrive take their coats off, watch your love unfold, then drink, eat and dance!
Emma Newman Wedding
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