Winter wedding ideas

Caroline Cassidy

The idea of a summer wedding may appeal to many, but a winter wedding can be just as magical. Think sparkly winter wonderlands, chic black tie events and cosy candlelit evenings.

winter wedding ideas
winter wedding ideas

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And best of all, those on a budget will almost certainly find their money goes further during the colder months. If you are keen to avoid the run-of-the-mill spring or summer wedding, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Themed weddings
The most popular theme is undoubtedly the winter wonderland. A white colour scheme with silver highlights, frosted glass centrepieces and twinkling fairy lights can turn your reception into a sparkling grotto and for added romance, consider an evening candlelit meal for your guests.

Alternatively go the whole hog with a Narnia theme - picture a forest of snow-covered trees, gently falling flakes, ice sculptures and a snow queen gown. Experts such as Snow Business can cover your venue in fake snow or rent a DIY kit for falling snow. If you're feeling extravagant and have the budget, ice sculptures, luges and even bars are also available to hire for your big day.

If you prefer the idea of a chic do, a black tie theme might be more to your liking. Encourage your guests to dress for the red carpet, furnish the venue with elegant white silk tablecloths and sparkling chandeliers, and offer classic cocktails and fine dining. Ideal for a New Year's Eve wedding that all your guests will remember.

The Christmas wedding remains ever popular among winter brides and if you are the type to get excited at the mere thought of the festive season, enjoy it to the full with red, gold and green Christmas decorations, menus, mulled wine and scented candles.

Those who are planning a small, intimate affair should consider a country retreat or farm house venue, where roaring log fires, hearty food and a four poster bed for the newlyweds will give your day that cosy glow.

Consider your colours
Wintertime calls for a different approach to wedding colour schemes. Think deep purples, ruby reds and forest greens. Holly and ivy make an excellent base for your floral decorations and centrepieces, while white roses are simply stunning for the bride's bouquet.

The dress is rightly top of many a bride's priority list and a winter wedding allows for coloured accents and elegant accessories. Why not consider a dress with a separate bodice in deep red or green velvet? A faux fur bolero, cape or shrug (or even a fur-trimmed cloak) will keep the chill away and long satin gloves will add a touch of glamour.

Make the most of your budget
Winter weddings are ideal for those on a tight budget as venues, photographers and caterers are generally cheaper at this less busy time of year. You may also find your dream country house hotel or castle is more readily available on your chosen date.

With this in mind, don't be afraid to haggle a little - if you mention a price and ask what the supplier can do for the money, you might you get more for your money as they have fewer bookings.

What's your idea of the perfect winter wedding? Let us know below...