There is no doubt that winter brings the most romantic scenery for fairytale weddings. The sparklers, candles, fireplace and Christmas lights - I absolutely adore everything about winter weddings! But there are few challenges winter weather brings and in order to make the most out of your special day, you need to be prepared for it. Today I am sharing with you a few tips you should consider during your wedding planning to make sure you are having the best time and that your guests are cozy and comfortable during the celebrations.
WHAT TO WEAR
One of the biggest challenges of a winter wedding is looking glam while staying warm. You can't rock up to your wedding with a bulky winter jacket over your lovely dress, but you can't be shivering as you exchange vows either. There are tricks to keeping warm and it starts with what you wear underneath. Long woolly thermals on the bottom that are fitting and can't be seen are a great way to retain body heat. Thick tights or stockings are also good but not as effective as thermals. On the outside, you can add a faux fur stole, glamorous cardigan, or chic cape. Choose your style of dress to match the weather by avoiding light fabrics. Long-sleeved gowns can help keep the cold at bay and lace always looks luxurious. Grooms can go for wool or velvet suits that look stylish and feel soft and warm.
GET TO KNOW YOUR VENUE
Next, make sure your venue is heated so your guests can also remove their jackets and show their best outfits. Talk with your venue manager or wedding planner to find out what temperature can be expected. You want it cozy, but not too hot. You can also supply snuggly blankets for guests to put over their legs during the ceremony and reception. This is an opportunity to make an Instagram-worthy area with signage. Fill rustic wooden boxes with textured blankets and a sign that says something like, "Blankets: Wrap Yourselves in Love," or "There's A Chill In The Air, Grab A Blanket To Share." Get creative and set the mood for your winter wedding with charming personal touches that your guests will love.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT LOGISTICS
When it comes to logistics make sure your guests allow plenty of time to get to your wedding. Mother Nature does like to stir up some tricky weather in winter sometimes and heavy rain, snow or wind can slow down travel. If you can have your ceremony and reception at the same place it will save everyone having to drive further and possibly get wet as they go from the vows to the party.
When the reception starts, give out a hot drink as the welcome drink with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Think mulled wine, specialty coffees, fancy teas, or even hot chocolate with a dash of cream liquor. As your guests step into the reception space, make sure the atmosphere looks as cozy as it feels. This calls for lots of candles, soft lighting and maybe some feature rugs on the floor.
There are so many ways to infuse the season into your wedding theme with the decorations, wedding favors and food. I absolutely love earthy, rustic wood decorations adorned with florals and greenery. Hearty comfort food with a decadent twist is perfect for winter weddings. Even your music can include a subtle nod to the season, so be sure to ask your band or DJ for ideas.
I hope you feel inspired to tie the knot at the end of the year just as the snow begins to fall or start the New Year as newlyweds. It sounds like the most romantic idea in the world!
PS: If you are looking to add some personal Christmas little touches to your winter wedding - make sure to check out our Christmas collection. Cozy Mr & Mrs hot cocoa mugs make adorable photo props for your hot cocoa bar, while hubby & wifey Christmas stockings can be hung as decoration on your wedding chairs for that dinner newlyweds photo!