If you’re considering a winter wedding but can’t quite picture the details, let us show you some of the ways you can make it really special. From fire pits to faux fur, there are loads of clever touches you can add which will make your wedding really stand out.
An open fire is romantic and hypnotic, it draws people to it and acts as a focal point for your guests. If your venue has any fireplaces, ask if you can use them. If they don’t, talk to them about having a fire pit outside. It may appear to be going against common sense to introduce an outdoor element to your winter wedding, but so long as you provide marshmallows to toast and a rack of warm coats or shawls for guests to borrow, an outdoor open fire will prove to be a big hit.
Warm cider, mulled wine, hot chocolate, rum toddies… delicious cocktails and drinks don’t need to be draped in fruit and paper umbrellas to impress a crowd. Serving something a little out of the ordinary will create a buzz on your big day. You could even have a fully-stocked hot drinks station, serving all manner of teas, coffees and hot chocolates. Guests could add in liqueur shots, whipped cream or even sprinkles.
There’s nothing worse than being cold at any event. As a guest you’re at the mercy of the elements and your hosts’ forward thinking, there really is no escape. It’s near impossible to tell if any of your guests are going to feel a chill during your wedding, so prepare for the worst and provide ample blankets for knees in the church and at the meal and shawls for any guests braving a ‘bare arm’ outfit. Instruct a couple of ushers to be in charge of giving them out and collecting them in again so you don’t have to worry about it on the day. For the bride and bridesmaids, faux fur stoles will keep you all warm (and look fabulous) during the photographs should you choose to have them taken outdoors. Elbow-length gloves could also be considered.
There are lots of themes you could go for at your winter wedding. A white, wintery wonderland is a simple, stunning way to celebrate the season. The reception space could have swathes of fairy lights covering the walls and ceiling and the tables could be covered in candles with white rose centrepieces. Or perhaps you could opt for an Alpine ski theme, with pine cones and red, white and green colour theming.
If you’re going for a winter wedding, wouldn’t snow just be the icing on the cake? If you don’t want to leave it to chance, then simply create your own. Speak to your venue about where you could use a snow-making machine – perhaps the entrance to the venue, any outdoor space they have or maybe where you are going to have your photographs taken. Keep it a surprise from your guests, you won’t regret it!
A touch of Christmas
If your winter wedding falls near Christmas, you could embrace the festive season as part of your celebrations. Maybe a visit from Father Christmas to handout the bridal party presents. Or a sleigh-themed bar, candy cane cocktails, a troop of Christmas carol singers, mini Christmas stockings filled as favours…
Classic winter wedding flower colours include red and white and often a lot of green foliage. Muted pastels are also often used to add a subtle touch of colour to a bouquet or centrepiece. Roses, ranunculus, lilies, agapanthus, tulips, hydrangeas… there are loads of blooms which make a fabulous choice for a winter wedding. Speak to your florist about what’s in season on your date.
Winter weddings at No.11 Cavendish Square
Currently, all couples wishing to get married at our historic, central London venue will be treated to a complimentary night’s stay at our favourite hotel, The Chesterfield Mayfair. We have several, beautiful spaces that are popular with engaged couples including The Green House, The Orangery and The Garden Room. Give our Venue Team a call to discuss your preferred dates and to book a show round on 020 7307 2474.