07:21 Friday 21 December 2012

Winter wedding advice

Written byJulie Dawson

Today let's talk about wedding planning for winter weddings. More and more couples are getting married in the winter months.

We can prepare for the weather and plan ahead accordingly. There is always the added bonus of a better price on venues at this time of year too. Remember to shop around and you will certainly get a good deal.

Here are my top tips for Winter Wedding Delight!

Daylight – It is much less of course in the height of winter so do think about your photographs. If you want to have some shots outside in the venue’s grounds then it is better to have your ceremony around 1pm. This should give you time before the light starts to fade.

Transport – Leave a little more time for you and your guests to get from church to your wedding reception venue. Even if you are getting married at the venue allow extra time as there may well be ice or snow on the roads. If guests arrive early then serve them hot chocolate and sweet treats. They will have time to thaw out before you arrive.

Food – Serve delicious thick soups with freshly baked bread. Carveries and roast dinners go down well at this time of year. You can nominate a guest from each table to carve for everyone. It makes for a great surprise and everyone can wear chef’s hats and personalised aprons. Desserts could be chocolate puddings or sticky toffee, which is my favourite, or how about apple pie? Serve hot chocolate for the children and you could treat the adults by adding a lovely liqueur such as Bailey’s or Kahlua.

Photograph by http://www.booweddings.co.uk
Photograph by Boo Weddings

Keeping warm – Please don’t underestimate how cold you can get in church and when you are having your photos taken, adrenalin alone will only last for a short while. You don’t want to be seen blue nosed or dithering. Make sure you treat yourself to something warm such as a cape or shawl. Faux fur stoles and wraps are a great idea and stylish too. Don’t forget the bridesmaid!

You can also use long evening gloves. Think about having shoes that are closed at the toe and heel. If your feet and hands are warm then generally the rest of you feels ok. We can’t forget good old boots either. If the weather has been wet and you want to go out for photos using boots or wedding wellingtons will stop your wedding shoes from being ruined in mud or slush.

Oh and please take umbrellas just in case. Make sure they are big enough to cover you and your dress.

Venue – Ensure the venue have a warm welcome ready for your guest. Tell them to be sure the fires are lit and they have the heating turned up.

Atmosphere – Nothing beats sparkly lights and candles for winter weddings when it’s cold outside. As the day fades away let the decor take on a cosy glowing atmosphere. Place scented candles throughout the venue, maybe vanilla and fig or cinnamon. There are many in the shops to choose from, especially at Christmas time.

I hope that has given you a little insight into planning a winter wedding and what to think about.

Until next time, happy planning.

Written by Julie Dawson - The Wedding Genie

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