Winter weddings

Invitations for winter weddings

Invitations for winter weddings

Laser cut lace effect invitations are currently very fashionable, and these are perfect for winter weddings as they give a delicate snowflake effect. Alternatively have your winter wedding invitations printed on ice blue card with silver lettering, and accessorise with crystal gems and silver ribbon.

Many couples choose evening events during the winter, and in this case formal printed invitations are in order. However, for something really different insert your wedding invitation, reply card, and gift list card into a velvet pocket trimmed with ribbon or fake fur before you put it in the envelope.

Bridal gowns for winter weddings

Bridal gowns for winter

If there’s going to be a chill in the air for your big day you might want to look for a dress that provides a little more warmth than the average strapless number. The good news is that sleeves and high necklines are back in a big way. If you’re set on that strappy gown, however, you can always add a stylish faux fur stole or cosy cashmere wrap when you need the extra warmth.

For a gown with a wintery flavour look for something in silver or ice blue, or perhaps the traditional ivory with silver beading or embroidery. Create winter wedding impact with black embroidery or accents. Full skirts, ball gowns and heavier fabrics such as silk satins or velvets work beautifully at winter weddings.

Hearty food for winter weddings

Hearty food for winter

We all feel like eating more during the winter months, so if you are planning a winter wedding, include a few substantial dishes to satisfy your guests. Hot soup is always a winner for the entrée, especially served with warm crusty bread. Traditional roast lamb and veggies is a great option, but if you want something different try a signature pie or a bowl of chilli con carne.

Fruity summer desserts are replaced by filling puddings with custard for winter weddings. A fashionable alternative would be to serve a long plate with three miniature desserts, perhaps a warm chocolate brownie, a mini cheesecake and a treacle tart, along with a small jug of hot fudge sauce.

You will also have to tailor your drinks to suit your winter wedding. Serving mulled wine or hot cider can be a warming option, and make sure there is good quality hot chocolate and coffee available, with or without liqueurs. If you are having a signature cocktail try something milk based such as a White Russian.

Decorations for winter weddings

Decorations for winter

Try combining a mixture of white, ivory, cream and pale blue flowers for a truly wintery effect. Classic flowers for winter weddings include white amaryllis, calla lilies and anemones. Add texture to your wedding flowers with ribbon, feathers, or seasonal berries.

Candles are perfect for a winter wedding as they create a cosy romantic atmosphere. For your table centrepieces try placing silver sprayed branches in tall vases, and hang crystal or silver ornaments from them. Cluster candles on the table around the vase and the light will be reflected by the ornaments. Tall vintage candelabras can also make stunning table centres; just make sure they are the right height for your guests to talk under.

Venues for winter weddings

Venues for winter weddings

When you are looking for a venue for your winter wedding, your wish list will be governed a little by the weather. For a summer wedding you might be able to get away with welcome cocktails on the terrace, and a marquee in the garden. However, for a winter wedding you will probably need enough indoor locations for the whole day. You will want to limit the amount of movement between venues unless you want your guests to get wet and cold, so having a ceremony and reception in the same place is ideal.

One of the key things couples look for when they visit wedding venues is possible photo locations. You can’t always have photos taken outside at winter weddings, so look for cosy romantic settings such as open fireplaces or sweeping staircases instead. If you assume it will be cold and rainy and plan accordingly, it will be a real bonus if you find you can get outside to enjoy the winter sunshine during the day.