So, your long-term partner has finally popped the question! You’re ecstatic, and like most women in your position, you probably can’t wait to get planning the most important day of your life. The first thing most people will ask you, and therefore the first thing you need to decide is when the wedding is going to be. The most popular time to get married is in the summer, especially with the recent surge in the popularity of outdoor weddings. But have you ever considered going against the grain and having a winter wedding instead? If you are naturally drawn to the winter season, it may be the best option for you. After all, there is something inherently romantic about snow-filled landscapes and the run up to Christmas. Seeing as the festive season is all about spending time with the ones you love, there isn’t really a better time at all to get married, when you think about it. But as with any huge event like a wedding, there are some important things you will need to consider first. If the idea of a winter wedding has been growing on you recently, here’s your planning checklist so you can pull it off fabulously.
The number one thing that can make or break a wedding day is the weather. This can even happen in summer – after all, many wedding planners advise you to have a backup plan for your outdoor wedding just in case the worse happens and the heavens open. When it comes to a winter wedding, however, you may put yourself at risk of even more extreme weather. Rain, ice and snow are all prevalent once we get past Halloween, so consider your venue carefully. There’s no reason why you still can’t have an outdoor wedding – winter woodland weddings in particular can look especially magical. But you will need to take into account that at any minute, you could fall victim to a bout of bad weather.
Therefore, having an optional canopy or providing some kind of shelter for you and your guests is a must. The ground may also be waterlogged or at the very least damp from the colder weather. So, you might want to lay down a walkway of sorts to help keep people’s feet dry. If your wedding is indoor, make sure the venue you choose has a heating system. Huge churches are an exception to this rule, as if you are getting married in one of those it’s going to be pretty much impossible to heat up for the ceremony. But in a smaller venue, it is worth asking the owners if there is a way of heating the room before your ceremony. After all, you don’t want your guests to be sat there completely frozen, wondering when they’ll get the opportunity to warm up.
Gifts and decor
When it comes to dressing your wedding, a winter wedding is a perfect opportunity to go all out with a theme. Depending on how close your big day is to Christmas, you could go all-out with a festive theme featuring elves, reindeer, and Santa Claus. Or, if you are religious, it might be a nice idea to tie the ceremony in with the religious meanings behind Christmas Day. Or, perhaps you have been inspired by the ‘Frozen’ phenomenon and would like a winter wonderland wedding based around ice and snow. You can express either of these themes through your chosen color scheme, and by adding a few quirky extras too. For example, why not choose snow globes as your table centrepieces for the wedding breakfast? You could also include some fake snow to really bring your winter theme to life. If you and your partner are expecting a lot of young children to be at your wedding too, you should also consider offering some festive entertainment to keep them occupied. Hiring a Santa’s grotto or even some real-life reindeer is sure to make your day one to remember. When it comes to your wedding gift list, you will need to be mindful that winter weddings are very close to Christmas, and therefore not everyone has a lot of money to spend. But that doesn’t mean to say that you can’t still expect to receive some luxury presents and gifts. You can also show appreciation to your guests by getting them some thoughtful wedding favours that perhaps tie in with your theme.
The Dress and Hair
What you wear on your wedding day is arguably one of the most important components of the whole day. It might be something that you have been planning since you were a little girl and your dream dress might already be in your sights. However, if you are having a winter wedding, you might want to think about choosing a dress that fully complements this theme. For example, long-sleeved lace dresses look a little out of place at a summer wedding – not to mention they can easily get hot and itchy. But for a winter wedding, lace can look incredibly delicate and classy, as well as still being comfortable. You may also want to make the most of the winter theme by letting out your inner snow queen. Ask your hairstylist if they can work some white flowers and beads into your hair, to give you an icy, dewy look. Or, channel everyone’s favourite winter princess with a long fishtail braid. Another thing you will need to consider for your winter wedding is your outerwear. It’s going to be cold; and even if you take your jacket off during the ceremony, you will still want to look stylish making your way between venues and for any pictures taken outdoors. A fur stole is a perfect way for you to stay warm and channel winter-coolness at the same time. Choose a classic brown one for a rustic wedding, or go full-on white to really make yourself stand out. Winter weddings, although growing in popularity, are still rare -so relish the opportunity to do something a little different.