Hosting a winter wedding is all about bringing a cozy but enchanting feel to your special day. With temperatures ever increasing during the summer months, many couples are opting for the cooler season to enjoy their big day more comfortably. As such, winter weddings are becoming more appealing than ever before – after all, it’s much easier to put on an extra layer to warm up than it is to cool down in the blazing sun.
Usually, the abundance of Christmas-time decorations and the frosty winter weather will be plenty to set the scene for your day. However, if you want to take your winter wedding planning one step further, here are three things that you may want to include.
Hot drinks and snacks
A winter wedding offers a great opportunity to treat your guests to all the fun hot treats that wouldn’t quite work during the summer. A fun way to incorporate this is to set up a hot chocolate station, complete with lots of quirky mugs and jars filled with sweet toppings. Alternatively, you could choose to set up a fire pit outdoors for your guests to roast tasty s'mores and marshmallows.
If you haven’t got a sweet tooth, there are plenty of other hot drinks and snacks you can choose to serve. For example, you could offer each of your guests a glass of mulled wine or cider as they arrive at your reception venue, or perhaps arrange a time in the night to treat them to fondue.
A festive band
Every wedding needs a great band, and as the year draws to a close, you’ll want to ensure that yours is equipped to play plenty of festive hits.
Christmas songs are a wonderful choice for weddings held in November or December. Or, if you prefer to stick to year-round favorites, you could ask your band if they’d consider performing some of their songs chorus-style to keep the festive feeling alive.
Ultimately, music has a wonderful way of bringing people together, so whichever genre or style of band you choose for your wedding day, you’re bound to have a great time on the dancefloor with all of your loved ones.
For a stunning seasonal decor look, you’ll want to make use of plenty of warm, rich colors and luxurious textiles. Think ceremony chairs upholstered with velvet, or red rose centerpieces at your wedding reception.
For a top tip, try to go easy on the artificial lighting, and opt to decorate your venue with candles instead. Not only will this make your venue feel even more cozy, it’ll also add to the intimate, romantic atmosphere.
Struggling to find the perfect florals to complement your winter wedding venue? As well as roses, popular choices include amaryllis and baby’s breath, as well as wreaths of holly or mistletoe. For something more sustainable, you may want to incorporate dried flowers into your decor – the slightly muted colors are bound to fit in nicely with your winter theme.
Why should you have your wedding in winter?
By opting to marry in one of the colder months, you can use plenty of stunning decor and fun entertainment that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to use at other times of the year. Plus, the moody, darker evenings make for the perfect backdrop for a romantic reception – and your venue is bound to look a hundred times more magical by warm firelight, and decked in festive decorations.