When dreaming about your big day, do you picture snowy scenes, icy cold weather and an ambience so cosy it gives ‘Cameron Diaz and Jude Law vibes’ in The Holiday
If you’re nodding vigorously to the above, you’ve probably got winter nuptials in mind. So, in the latest of our blog post series which focuses on destination weddings, we’re bringing you some inspiration and ideas for a winter – or maybe even Christmas – event. Read on…
Consider the Date
Always fancied a Christmas wedding? Carefully consider which date to opt for; too close to December 25 and your guests may already have plans – particularly if you plan your big day within a year or less.
Of course, few things will beat attending the wedding of a family member or friend but remember this: some people book to spend time abroad during the festive season, preferring to swerve the cold weather and instead opt for some sun.
Aim for earlier in December than later, if you want to ensure most of your loved ones can be there.
Be Ready for Snow
Snow can make your day – but it might also break it, if family and friends aren’t able to safely travel to your chosen destination, for instance.
While venue staff will likely be prepared, by salting the driveway and any paths, you could consider laying out some public transport options, should guests not feel comfortable driving.
Bear in mind, though, that in more extreme weather, guests might only be able to travel by foot; picking a venue ‘in the middle of nowhere’, then, might prove challenging.
Create a Cosy Atmosphere
Your day is about you, of course it is…but it’s also about your guests. Think about things that will make them feel cosier during wintertime. How about a warm arrival drink, rather than the usual Prosecco or Champagne? Mulled wine, anyone?
You could also add tealights or candles to your winter wedding venue to ensure a more festive ambience, or even offer hand warmers on a tray in the church – as per Vogue’s excellent suggestion
The site also suggests setting a ‘cold weather dress code’. Invite your guests to keep coats on during the ceremony, if that’s what they’d like – or consider adding fleecy blankets in baskets, perfect for those who feel the cold to grab.
Set a Late Ceremony Time
The great thing about a winter wedding is that, if you want a cosy atmosphere, you can make the most of cutting costs and setting a late ceremony time. Instant mood lighting via a candlelit venue means it’s win-win for you and your guests.
Above all, enjoy your winter wedding and all the festivities it brings; guests will relish the chance to attend a wedding that isn’t held during the scorching heat – and it’ll make for some fabulously festive photos for everyone to treasure forever.
Wherever you are in your wedding planning journey, we can help.
Until next time…