As professional UK Wedding Planners and designers, there’s nothing we adore more than planning a stunning winter wedding. Whilst the majority of our wedding planning clients select wedding dates throughout the summer season, every now and again a couple decides to embrace everything that winter has to offer and frankly, as wedding planners we do a little happy dance!
With many UK wedding venues offering significant discounts to couples who choose an off-season date, not only are there huge cost savings to be made, there’s also the chance to plan a beautifully stylish wedding that embraces winter and bucks all of the summer styling trends. Here are three top tips for designing a stunning winter wedding.
Embrace the season
Yep! A winter wedding is ALL about open fires, cosy blankets and low, romantic lighting. Aesthetically, a winter wedding provides so much opportunity to create atmosphere and ambience through simple design elements. Say goodbye to the pastels and brights of summer and welcome in colour palettes that embrace the season – lots of deep reds, classic navy and winter whites combined with forest green foliage and twinkly metallics will always win the day! Don’t be afraid to incorporate lots of texture, velvet tablecloths, for example, are wonderfully luxurious and give a real feeling of decadence to any winter wedding.
There can NEVER be enough candles and candlelight
Planning a winter wedding means much lower levels of light – not only will it get dark outside earlier but many dry-hire venues, particularly barns or country houses can feel quite dark in nature anyway. The simple rule here is that there can never be enough lighting – from tealights, candles and candelabras scattered through your venue through to festoon or twinkly fairy lights hanging from the ceiling, the golden rule is more is more!
Use all the senses
Whilst it’s simple to design a beautiful winter wedding and make everything look pretty, don’t ignore the rest of the senses! Embracing winter smells and tastes can also invoke feelings of warmth and happiness – try dotting some pine-scented foliage throughout your venue, for example. Choose warming drinks such as mulled cider/wine which contain cinnamon and cloves – these smell delicious, are intrinsically wintery and will help you create a multi-sensory experience for your guests. Including interactive elements like a DIY dessert bar filled with wintery flavours and treats or a firepit with an abundance of marshmallows to toast will definitely delight your guests!
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