The Winter Wedding Guide

The Winter Wedding Guide

When planning a winter wedding of any kind, we know first hand that you need all the help you can get!

Before and up to the late 1800s, getting married around Christmas time was the norm for many prospecting couples hoping to tie the knot. However, rather than being the romantic wintertime gesture many see it as, this was done almost entirely out of necessity as Christmas Day and Boxing Day were often the only days that couples could have off work in order to get married. Since the 1940s, winter weddings had almost disappeared from the calendar. However, with more and more people looking for new and creative ways to celebrate the biggest day of their lives, winter weddings have made a comeback and could be a fantastic idea for your big day!

But where should you even start? With so much to consider, plan and organise, it can be a challenge to wrap your head around it all. That’s where we come in! Being experts in organising hen party ideas, it’s safe to assume that we know our stuff when it comes to weddings too! That’s why we’ve put together this extensive guide on how to plan and pull off a successful winter wedding, covering everything from venues to what cocktails to serve up.

Planning a Winter Wedding In Sections

1. Why Should You Choose to Have a Winter Wedding?

When people think of weddings, the first image that usually comes to mind often consists of a sunny blue sky, lots of light and plenty of indoor & outdoor space. However, with a winter wedding, there’s going to be a number of elements during your day that you’ll need to adapt and change. If you picture yourself getting married outdoors, then a winter wedding might not be for you! As this is the UK, we all know how unpre­dic­table and wild our weather can be… and that’s not just during the winter months!

As we’ve mentioned, winter weddings were considered to be the norm during the Victorian era and for many years before then. With the days leading up to and immediately following December 25th being some of the cheapest days to get married throughout the entire year, old newspapers report of the “Christmas rush” as church ministers were swamped with work around the festive period. These weddings, unlike today, were small and inexpensive affairs with only a few guests and were often done as quickly as possible, with some churches even advertising how fast they could get through a service! The last time this trend hit its peak was during the 1940s, when young men would only have a few days of leave from the army around Christmas time. Couples took advantage of the little time they had together to get married before the husband returned to war.

Nowadays, soon-to-be-married couples have plenty more freedom than those who did over a century ago, especially with flexible holidays throughout the year when it comes to booking time off work. In addition to that, a higher budget and amount of disposable income as well as a ridiculous amount of choice when it comes to venues, this old custom has made a big comeback!

2. What Are the Pros & Cons of a Winter Wedding?

Whether you’ve been dreaming about a proper white wedding since you were a child or you’ve only just recently considered having a winter wedding, it can be difficult to weigh up the advantages and disad­van­tages of having your special day at this time of year. With so much to think about, we’ve decided to give you a helping hand by weighing up the common pros and cons of hosting a winter wedding:

Winter Wedding Guide - Pros and Cons of A Winter Wedding

3. Where To Have A Winter Wedding in the UK?

If you decide to have your winter wedding here in the UK, there’s a number of advantages that go with it as opposed to getting married abroad. One of the biggest reasons to stay in the country is, of course, money. Weddings are notoriously expensive affairs as it is, so if you don’t have a huge amount of disposable income or have other more important parts of your wedding to be included in the budget then staying local is a great idea. This also goes for your guests who might not be able to afford the accom­moda­tion, flights, insurance and other expenses that all come with having your big day abroad.

Another reason to consider staying in the country is transport. Whilst we all know that disruptions to road and rail services are rife throughout the winter months, making it to the venue on the day would be even more of a struggle for guests if you decided to head to the continent or further. You should factor in that flight delays and other forms of cross-border travel could be delayed or cancelled during bad weather and therefore you must decide whether it’s worth the risk!

On top of all that, the UK doesn’t fall short when it comes to finding a fantastic winter wedding venue! If you are really hoping for a white wedding but don’t want to take the plunge with taking your celebrations to the continent, there’s a number of areas in the UK that always get snow! Think Edinburgh, Yorkshire and the Lake District. Whether you’re looking for a charming rural barn or a traditional church, you’re bound to find something that ticks most of (if not all) the boxes.

4. Winter Wedding Colours

Winter Wedding - Colour Scheme Long

5. Top 5 European Cities for a White Winter Wedding

If your idea of a dream wedding as getting married under a grey sky with the sound of crunching snow beneath your feet, then these are the top 5 cities in Europe for a white wedding:

Winter Wedding Guide - Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

The birthplace of Good King Wenceslas himself, the Czech capital is a massively popular destination throughout the year for British tourists and party-goers alike. Being slap-bang in the middle of the continent and just a short distance from the Austrian border, this city is no stranger to a bit of snow!

Population: 1.318 Million

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Currency: Czech Koruna (Kč)

Average Winter Temperature: -1°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Munich

Munich, Germany

Home of the infamous Oktoberfest, Lederhosen and some of the world’s best beers, Munich sits at the foot of the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany, not far from the border with Austria. If you’re looking for a city that screams ‘Christmas!’ at you then this is the place to go. The city even runs a Christmas tram throughout the city during the holidays and the world-famous Christmas markets are one to witness!

Population: 1.456 Million

Flight Duration: 2 Hours

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 0°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Riga

Riga, Latvia

Sitting on the Baltic coast in Northern Europe is the capital of Latvia, which too is a city that doesn’t bat an eyelid when it comes to cold weather. In fact, on average this city experiences more days of frost throughout the entire year than without! As the temperature rarely climbs above zero degrees from November all the way through to March, you should expect a high chance of a white wedding.

Population: 633,071

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: -4°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Do you fancy staying a bit closer to home? Then hopping across the Irish Sea to the land of St Patrick could be a fantastic idea. Being so close to the UK, Dublin experiences the same climate and weather as we do. While the chance of snow isn’t as high, there’s a whole host of beautiful venues in-and-around the city that could be the perfect place to host your winter wedding!

Population: 1.361 Million

Flight Duration: 1 Hour

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 4°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland

Affec­ti­onally called the “Paris of the North” for many years, Warsaw is a bustling city right in the heart of Eastern Europe. With temperatures often dropping to a bitter -4 degrees, snowfall usually occurs here around the start of December. Addi­ti­onally, with Poland not being in the Eurozone, the great exchange rate between Zloty and the Pound means that you could save yourselves a lot of money across the board.

Population: 1.318 Million

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 25 Minutes

Currency: Polish Złoty (zł)

Average Winter Temperature: -2°C

Top 5 Warm Winter Wedding Destinations

However, if you’re after a wedding in the winter sunshine, check out these scorching destinations on the continent:

Winter Wedding Guide - Málaga

Málaga, Spain

Tucked away on the southern half of the Costa del Sol is sunny Málaga, capital of the Andalusia region of Spain. From November to February, the temperature rarely drops below 18 degrees so expect warm sunny days that could be compared to a standard day at the height of British summertime!

Population: 569,000

Flight Duration: 3 Hours

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 12-13°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Albufeira

Albufeira, Portugal

Right on the southern tip of the continent you’ll find Albufeira, the largest and most populous city in the Algarve region. Known for its nightlife, local seafood and white sandy beaches, this little slice of paradise is a great contender that you should definitely keep in mind.

Population: 40,828

Flight Duration: 3 Hours

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 14°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Seville

Seville, Spain

If you’re not too bothered about spending time by the coast, then heading further inland to a brilliant city like Seville in the southern region of Andalusia may be a good option! As temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees during the winter months, there’s a ridiculous amount of outdoor ideas you can incorporate into a winter wedding in Seville!

Population: 688,711

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 12°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Valencia

Valencia, Spain

Spain’s third largest city and one of the country’s most important ports, Valencia also lies on the sun-kissed Costa del Sol. Noted for its impressive size and eclectic mix of old and new, this former Roman colony is a fantastic big-city destination if you’re looking for a wedding in the sunshine!

Population: 791,413

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 35 Minutes

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 11°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Tenerife

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife is not just a fab destination for a hen party. Located just off the coast of West Africa in the Spanish autonomous region of the Canary Islands, this fantastic destination rarely sees winter temperatures drop below 15-16 degrees on average.

Population: 904,713

Flight Duration: 4 Hours 30 Minutes

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 18°C

6. Winter Wedding Trends

When you’re first shopping around for winter wedding ideas it’s likely you’ll come across the trends of the time! Following these trends obviously has pros and cons, but as long as you have a clear vision of what’s important to you and your couple you can’t go wrong. Below we’ve listed some winter wedding trends for 2020 that are proving popular for the foreseeable future.

Micro Weddings

Pretty self-explanatory, micro weddings are a great option for couples seeking a smaller, more intimate celebration. A lot of people have started leaning away from big, overwhelming weddings with everyone they know. Micro weddings require less people (usually 20 guests or less) meaning you can spend more time and money on the things that matter to you.

PROS:

  • Less-stressful overall
  • More money to spend elsewhere
  • More time to spend with people

CONS:

  • You have to be guest selective
  • May cause hurt/upset
  • Less people to share memories with

Sustainable Weddings

We all know that the world is struggling with the amount of waste we produce, and unfor­tunately weddings undeniably contribute to that waste too. If you’re eco-conscious it’s never been easier to create a sustainable wedding than in 2020. From recycled seating to paper decorations, homemade wedding favours and birdseed confetti.

PROS:

  • Saving the planet!
  • More personal to you
  • Cheaper to do

CONS:

  • Time consuming
  • Weather dependant
  • Harder to match your theme

Self-Service Bars

Trends don’t just cover the wedding as a whole, there’s also a few small, quirky additions you can include that have blown up recently. One of these is the self-service bars! Rather than having a traditional bar, lay out ingredients for a cocktail self-service stand, beer kegs or even wine taps so people can free pour.

PROS:

  • Less respon­sibility on your shoulders
  • Great for pictures
  • A memorable addition

CONS:

May be hard to keep track of

Difficult to get the amounts correct

Hard to cater for everyone’s tastes

Confetti Alternatives

One of the best feelings for a newly-wed couple is being surrounded by family and friends as they throw confetti and well wishes all over you! However, people have recently been switching at traditional confetti for other alter­natives.

Winter Wedding Trends

  • Birdseed (more sustainable)
  • Real flower petals
  • Bubbles
  • Biodeg­ra­dable confetti
  • Ribbon wands
  • Tiny leaf cut outs

Should I Have My Wedding Before or After Christimas?

They don’t call it the “party season” for nothing! As we all know, everything seems to be non-stop as soon as December strikes with work Christmas parties, nights out, meeting up with friends & family and so much more. So if you’ve had your mind set on a winter wedding for a while now then we’re pretty certain that you’ve asked yourself this question already… and we don’t blame you! Coming up with a date for your wedding is difficult enough, but when it comes to arranging your big day around the festive season, there’s a few tips we think you should take note of.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember first is that Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve/Day are the most expensive dates to have your wedding ceremony. At the same time, everybody will be visiting friends and family and celebrating the holidays, making attendance of guests less likely on these days.

When it comes to deciding whether to have your special day before or after the holidays, there are a number of things to consider. For example, hosting your wedding in the weeks leading up to December 25th could be a great idea if you plan far in advance as this gives your guests time to clear their social calendar around the busy period. Financially, this would also be a better idea than hosting your winter wedding in January as most people are often strapped for cash after splashing out on gifts over Christmas. However, you might find that supplier costs and venue hire to be signi­fic­antly cheaper and more flexible with availability in January as many companies will be bogged down with bookings in the run up to the holiday.

7. How Much Does a Winter Wedding Cost?

As we’ve already mentioned, you might find that the cost of a wedding in November, December or January is likely to be signi­fic­antly cheaper than it would be in June or July! Although only 2-3% of couples choose to get married during this season, we would recommend the average planning time of 7-12 months for your big day! While availability won’t be as much of an issue as it would in the summer, booking as far ahead in advance as possible will save you even more money in the long run. This will inevitably free up your budget for any extras you might want to include on the day or to contribute towards the honeymoon.

Listed below a few things to consider and take into account when you start the planning process:

The Venue

Due to low demand for wedding services, venues will typically lower their prices during this off-peak time period. And if you plan way ahead in advance then you could get an even cheaper deal. There are also some stunning venues like barns and country houses that would suit a winter wedding better than a summer one!

The Date

The most popular day of the week to get married is a Saturday… but if you’re open to the idea of having your big day during the week then you might save yourself a few pennies. Even if you do choose to get married on a weekend, you should still expect to pay a little bit less than you would at the height of summer.

The Suppliers

Not only will wedding suppliers have less work and more availability but prices also tend to get slashed around this off-peak time of year. Whether it’s food, flowers or photog­raphers… you’re likely to get a sweet deal on all three (and more!) on a date that suits you.

8. Winter Wedding Venues

Of course, one of the most important factors to consider when planning a wedding is where to host it! Traditi­onally, the ceremony is usually held in a church or religious building before the reception, that’s often hosted at a private venue such as a function room, hotel or country house. However, recent figures show that bars and farms have overtaken traditional religious buildings for hosting the marriage ceremony.

Another thing to remember is that with so many events and services taking place at places of worship during the Christmas holidays, it would probably be a better idea to consider an alternative venue as you may find there to be a lot more availability and choice on dates!

Perks of Winter Wedding Venues?

They’re cheaper! Overall, wedding venues are always cheaper during the winter season. This is mainly because the season is less busy than Spring/­Summer so the venues want to fill up as much as possible. However, this is perfect for you if you want to decrease some costs.

Having a winter wedding is a great excuse to keep all your celebrations under one roof. Especially if you live somewhere that’s prone to snowing! Plan your ceremony, reception and accom­moda­tion in one cosy space to save on transport and reduce your stress.

It’s likely that guests will be naturally more excited about your winter wedding as it’s out of the dreaded ‘wedding season’. A lot of the time, a bulk of your friends get married around the same time in Spring/­Summer. If your wedding is in the colder season your guests won’t have that wedding fatigue.

Great Winter Wedding Venues for 2020

Weddings happen all over the UK every single day, but we wanted to provide a bit of inspiration about the type of winter wedding venues that work really well.

A few tips for creating the perfect winter wedding is to find a heated venue that will stay warm throughout your festivities. The last thing you want is cold and miserable guests. On top of that, make sure your venue isn’t too difficult to access in case the wintery weather takes a turn for the worst.

  • Country Houses
  • Manors
  • Castles
  • Your own home
  • Great Halls

9. Winter Wedding Dresses & Attire

Every element of a wedding is significant in tying the whole event together, but your outfit? That’s huge! Most girls dream of what their wedding dress (or alternative outfit) will look like, most with a clear idea of what they like and dislike.  Before you dive head first into bridal fittings, consider reading our advice to help you find your perfect winter dresses for the wedding.

Winter Wedding Guide - Dresses

Winter Wedding Dresses

Just like every season, there’s a few factors that set winter wedding dresses apart from the rest. Apply your own style and preference to the chilly time of year to create the perfectly curated look for you that still ties into your big day.

Comfort

Getting married in winter means that the weather will be chilly, and no one wants goose bumps on their big day. If you’re a cold person, look into dresses with long sleeves and layers. Alter­natively, if you have your heart set on a strapless number there’s always fur shawls or delicate jackets to add to your outfit instead.

Other comfort options include:

  • Three-quarter length sleeves
  • Illusion long sleeves
  • Faux fur coats

Style

Even though style trends are forever changing, there’s a few timeless staples for a magical winter wedding. Depending on your theme these style choices could effortlessly tie your day together and really give your wedding photos the wow-factor!

Winter Wedding Guide - Dresses Style

Embroidery

Embroidered sleeves and/or bodice gives your winter wedding dress an immediate sense of elegance. It’s an easy way to create a unique dress with a feminine touch that can match your theme.

Lace Detailing

Of course, lace is suitable all year round, but the soft styling of enchanted lace definitely suit a winter wedding above all. Sheer materials with lace overlay are really popular when it comes to Christmas wedding dresses!

Cream Contrast

A bold move but sometimes worth the risk. If you’re having your winter wedding somewhere snowy, consider wearing a cream-coloured winter wedding dress (ivory, nude, cream) to create contrast with the snow in your wedding pictures.

Embel­lis­hments

What better way to remember your wedding gown than with a bit of sparkle? Complete your cosy winter wedding dress with some embel­lis­hments like a bejewelled belt and stoned neckline.

Alternative Winter Wedding Outfits

The beauty of your own big day is that you can tailor it to your own ideal of perfection. Weddings are no longer cookie-cutter templates, the big day is personal and this reflects in every element of the orga­nisa­tion. If a white wedding dress just isn’t you, consider these other winter wedding outfits.

Style

Even though style trends are forever changing, there’s a few timeless staples for a magical winter wedding. Depending on your theme these style choices could effortlessly tie your day together and really give your wedding photos the wow-factor!

Coloured Dresses

Some brides to be love the feeling of wearing a dress but the white style is so last year. If that’s the case, why not match your winter wedding dress with the theme of your wedding? From rose gold elegance to soft burgundy or sage green, choose a colour that suits you and your style.

Split Your Outfit

Sometimes a full gown just won’t cut it. Whether a bulky wedding dress isn’t comfortable or just not to your taste, why not wear two pieces? A skirt and top combination has become signi­fic­antly popular over the last 5 years. This would be particularly good if you have an elegant, flowy skirt that you want to pair with a warm winter jumper to keep cosy.

Jumpsuits

On the other end of the spectrum to the coloured dress is a white jumpsuit. Although this has always been popular for older brides, the white jumpsuit is a sleek look that can suit anyone. Opt for a pant suit for benefits like comfort and indi­vidu­alism.

Non-Designer

Free yourself from the monster price tag of a designer wedding dress and opt for an outfit from a shop you love. If you have a favourite brand, why not wear them to one of the biggest days of your life? Besides, it’s likely that you’ll never wear an expensive designer dress again anyway.

Winter Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses

Second of importance when it comes to outfits in the winter wedding bridesmaids dresses. There’s a couple of steps you can take to make sure your bridesmaids look incredible for the big day while still feeling confident.

Match Your Theme

Using your bridesmaids dresses to tie into your theme is standard for a lot of wedding. For example, if your winter wedding colours include silver, navy and burgundy, picking out one of these colours and applying it to your bridesmaid dresses is a really effective way to tie everything together.

Being Comfortable

Above everything else, yourself, friends and family’s happiness on the wedding day is the highest priority. A lot of brides-to-be set a specific colour rule for the bridesmaid dresses – and then let them pick the dress itself! This means your friends/­family can choose a style of dress that suits them.

Winter Wedding Guide - Bridesmaid Dresses

Guest Outfits Ideas

If you’re someone attending a wedding in the winter, you might be on the hunt for winter wedding guest outfits. Obviously, as a guest you have a lot more freedom with what you wear than someone parti­cipating in the wedding. However, there’s a few ways you can match your outfit to the season and coincide with the festivities.

Some winter wedding guest outfit ideas:

  • Sparkling jumpsuits
  • Basic top with coloured tulle skirt
  • Metallic accessories
  • Christmas-inspired fascinators
  • Velvet dresses
  • Emerald green, dark red and silver colourings

Winter Wedding Flower Girl Dresses

It’s always a given that if you have little children, nieces and nephews or just family friends – they’ll look cute no matter what! However, when choosing what flower girl dresses to add into the wedding there’s the obvious cold weather precautions. Kiddos get cold, so your highest priority is making sure the dresses and outfits are warm with layers.

Bear in mind that kids incorporated into your wedding ceremony means they’re likely to be on their feet for a long time. It’s best to opt for comfort over style, but clothing like cardigans, capes and shawls will still look adorable! The same can be said for footwear. Bulky little boots might not fit into your theme, but you can always request for the parents to bring an extra pair of shows or provide these for indoor photographs.

What Should The Groom Wear?

We hear a lot about the dress… but the groom’s suit is just as important! If you’re looking to go down the traditional route, then opting for a black suit, bowtie and white shirt is your safest bet. However, these days, the groom’s suit can come in all shapes and styles! And with a winter wedding, you could push the boat out and go for something completely unique… just like your wedding date!

Check out these trending colours for the groom's suit in 2020:

Winter Wedding Groomswear

10. What About Winter Wedding Cakes?

After all the months of planning, organising and stressing over the smallest details… it’ll all be worth it when it comes to the moment when you take the first slice of your delicious wedding cake! But first, you’ll need to decide on a style and a flavour.

For winter wedding cakes, you can go as big (or small!) as you like, just as with any other seasonal wedding. You can add popular winter additions to the decoration of the cake too, such as pinecones, winter flowers, seasonal berries and more. In terms of colour, popular designs often use warm and classy palettes. For example, deep reds and greens are a hit with a lot of designs, but you’ll also find plenty of classic whites, silvers and golds to maintain that classy feel.

Here’s a few popular winter wedding cake designs to give you a bit of inspiration!

Winter Wedding Guide - Cakes

11. What Winter Wedding Decorations Could I Use?

One of the most exciting parts about planning a wedding is the decoration and theming! To help you choose what winter wedding decorations to use, we’ve split all options up into bite-sized sections. From Christmas wedding decorations to an ice cave and everything in between.

Cosy Vibes

With dark nights creeping in earlier, it’s easiest to create a cosy wedding in the winter. One of the key elements to a warm and fuzzy wedding is of course – good heating. No matter what venue you choose, make sure the heating is up to scratch before the big day.

Cosy Ideas:

  • Venue with a proper log fire
  • Loads of candles
  • Imple­men­ta­tion of gold and metallic colours
  • Fairy lights
  • Warm winter wedding centrepieces – pine cones, red/orange flowers, dark coloured table clothes
  • Café lighting above
  • Blankets (both decoration & practical)
  • A sparkler send off

Dramatic Ice Cave

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a sparkling ice cave is a popular choice when it comes to winter celeb­ra­tions. From an ice blue wedding theme to a silver paradise, there’s a couple of effective decorations to create your own winter wonderland wedding theme.

Icy Inspiration:

  • White florals
  • Clear acrylic seating
  • Fake snow (if you’re feeling extra!)
  • Snowflake centrepieces
  • Sparkling wedding arch
  • Snow globe table decorations
  • Snowflake centrepieces
  • Sparkling wedding arch
  • Fur accessories

Christmas Wedding Theme

Just like marmite, a Christmas themed wedding is something that people either love or loath. If you’re a lover of this idea, there’s plenty of Christmassy inspiration to make your celebrations magical.

Christmas Decor:

  • Red florals
  • Mistletoe decorations
  • Use of nature – branches with baubles, Christmas tree lights, bark place settings
  • Tartan colours in the décor

TOP TIP: If you have a Christmas wedding theme, you can save a lot of money! Most wedding venues dress themselves for Christmas so you can use some of their décor in your ceremony and reception.

12. What Winter Wedding Florals are Available?

Winter Wedding Flowers

13. Winter Warmer Wedding Food & Drink

More often than not, your wedding theme will influence your food and drink for the reception. Winter warmers are sure to go down a treat with your guests, and a winter wedding staple is some chocolatey treats for dessert.

3 Course Meal

A traditional meal for the wedding is still a popular choice when it comes to feeding guests. Sit down for a few courses, make sure everyone leaves feeling full and then get to dancing! A few winter meal ideas include:

  • A warming roast dinner
  • Stew for the main course
  • Fancy cottage pie
  • A filling pie

Canapes & Small Treats

Rather than a full meal before dancing (could be risky), opt for a variety of winter-style canapes floating around the room. Who doesn’t love comfort food in the form of dainty treats?

  • Mini Yorkshire pudding wraps
  • Cheese fondue bites
  • Hog roast baps
  • Tiny cheese toasties

Desserts & Sweets

Whether or not you’re having a wedding cake, it’s nice to offer a spread of desserts for your guests to dip into. Winter means less diets, so you can really go all out for the sweet treats!

  • Sweets Cart – think penny sweets, pick ‘n’ mix candy floss and bags of popcorn as inspiration
  • Smores Making
  • Trio of classics – sticky toffee pudding, warm brownies, chocolate-covered strawberries

Food & Drinks Stations

A hugely popular activity in recent years has been to let your guests DIY their own drinks. Have a particular drinks station is a great photo opportunity and adds a thoughtful touch with less effort.

Winter Wedding Food & Drinks
  • Hot Chocolate Station – Fill a hot drink dispenser and lay out whipped cream, crushed candy canes, flakes and marshmallows
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Doughnut Station – Present plain doughnuts with a selection of toppings like glaze and sprinkles
  • Mince Pie Station
  • Soup Station

 

Winter Wedding Drinks Ideas

Let there be booze! From arrival drinks to signature cocktails, it’s extremely easy to factor your drinks into the winter wedding. Below we’ve done a quick list of must-haves – both hot and cold.

Signature Cocktails

If you have the budget to create your own cocktails, there’s a few great ingredients that scream wintery vibes.

  • Cranberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Bourbon
  • Warming Rum
  • Baileys

Mulled Wine

A true winter favourite, mulled wine is a great drink to give guests on arrival. It will warm their hands up from the cold, replacing a cold glass of bubbly.

14. What Are Some Winter Wedding Hair & Makeup Ideas?

If you’ve set your mind on a winter wedding, one of the most exciting, stress-free aspects is your hair and makeup. As long as you follow the general tip of less is more when it comes to the wedding day, there’s a variety of pretty makeup and hair looks you can implement into the celeb­ra­tions.

Make Up Styles

To help you gather some inspiration, we’ve given a quick rundown of some popular make up styles for a winter wonderland wedding. No matter what your colour palette, these timeless looks will make you feel like royalty on your big day.

Glamour – We’re thinking a simple eye with light mascara paired with a showstopping berry or dark red lip. This will really stand out if you’re getting wed in white!

Sparkles – Embrace the glistening snow and chilly weather by adding a bit of sparkle to your make up whether that’s killer highlighter or a sparkly eyeshadow.

Warm Tones – On the opposite end of the spectrum, bring some warmth to your face with light brown eyeshadow and a touch of bronzer against the winter chill.

Winter Wedding Hair & Makeup Ideas

Hair Styles

It’s true that your wedding dress is the main statement of your style, but a well-thought-out hair style will really tie everything together. Here are some options to suit every type of budding bride for her winter wedding hair.

Braided Updo – If you prefer your hair scrapped back, do it in style and add some pretty braids to your updo. Whether that’s one big ponytail braid or multiple little plaits entwined into a unique style.

Classic Blow Dry – Keep your hair sleek and simple with the classic blow dry. This is especially good if you have medium-length hair or a treasured clip that you want to slide into your hair for the big day.

Accessorised Hair – A popular trend over the past few years is a low bun with a statement accessory such as a hand band, gems or little flowers.

The Tiara – There’s no better time to work a crown that at your own wedding! Feel like a true princess for the day and match your hair style with a tiara of your choice.

Tips for Flawless Hair & Makeup

1. Avoid Dryness

One of the downfalls of a winter wedding can be the cold air against your face and skin. Make sure your winter wedding makeup is flake proof with a hydrating primer that will protect your pores from flakiness.

2. Be Prepared

It’s all well and good to get ready for your big day, but what if it rains? The last thing you want is the arrive at the alter looking a bit worse for wear. Make sure you question your hair/make-up artist on your styles staying power and have an umbrella handy just in case!

3. Waterproof Formulas

Waterproof makeup is a great investment for your wedding day to relive any anxiety while you’re trying to enjoy your special milestone. This including waterproof mascara (good for tears too), foundation and powders.

4. Wondrous Winter Light

If you’re doing your makeup yourself, remember that the winter light is, more often than not, a blueish light. This is especially true when the ground is covered in snow. Light-reflecting foundations and blue-toned lipstick/­blushers will be your new best friend for creating flawless photos.

15. Winter-Themed Wedding Favours

It’s safe to say that we all love a good wedding favour! They’re a fantastic addition to the day and shows the guests that the happy couple appreciate the time and effort they’ve made to make it a special day. Traditi­onally, guests would receive a handful of sugared almonds that were supposed to represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. However, those days are long gone and there’s a ridiculous amount of unique and fun ideas you can come up with for your winter wedding favours!

Ultimately, the theme you choose for your special day will dictate what kind of wedding favours you offer. However, there are a few that work universally and can be done well with any winter wedding theme. One trend that’s been on the rise in recent years is DIY stations. Whether that’s for hot chocolate and warm drinks or winter-themed desserts like s’mores and cookies, this will only heighten the sense of warmth and cosiness that’s often associated with winter weddings.

With the guarantee of cold weather, more couples are opting for alternative wedding favours like “help yourself” blanket stands where guests can help themselves on their way into the venue. Pashminas are also a growing trend, with some couples using them for favours by placing them on the back of seats for guests to help themselves to.

16. Where Should You Go on the Honeymoon?

If you’re adamant on sticking with the white wedding theme, then there’s a whole host of stunning locations across the continent where you newlyweds can spend your first days of married life together! So here’s a list of some of the best (and coldest!) places in Europe to honeymoon:

Paris, France

Easily the most romantic city in the world, where better is there to honeymoon than the French capital? This city is no stranger to snow, although being a city, it’s never guaranteed. However, that doesn’t mean that romance can’t blossom! After all, this city is home to the most famous ‘love lock’ bridge in the world.

Population: 2.148 Million

Flight Duration: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 5°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Paris

Winter Wedding Guide - Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

Bordering southern Germany is the fantastic city of Salzburg, noted for its location on the doorstep of the Bavarian Alps, it’s stunning medieval buildings and quirky yet relaxing atmosphere. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle then you should be seriously considering Salzburg as a potential destination!

Population: 153,377

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Currency: Euro (€)

Average Winter Temperature: 1°C

Bergen, Norway

Closer to the UK is the Norwegian city of Bergen, situated on the country’s south-western coast. Noted for its beautiful wooden buildings, mountains & fjords, this small city oozes romantic vibes with its chilled out atmosphere and jaw-dropping views of the nature that surrounds it

Population: 283,929

Flight Duration: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Currency: Norwegian Krone (kr)

Average Winter Temperature: 2°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Bergen

Winter Wedding Guide - Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland’s capital has long been a popular destination for UK tourists, especially those hoping to see the Northern Lights in action! Although this city is noted for its high cost of living, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider a honeymoon beneath one of the most iconic light shows in the universe!

Population: 122,853

Flight Duration: 2 Hours 50 Minutes

Currency: Icelandic Krona (kr)

Average Winter Temperature: 1°C

Copenhagen, Denmark

If you’re liking the idea of a city break but don’t fancy going somewhere as big as Paris, then the Danish capital is a great idea. With a population of just over 200,000, this city is packed full of stunning sights including palaces, castles and much more

Population: 794,128

Flight Duration: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Currency: Danish Krone (kr)

Average Winter Temperature: 1°C

Winter Wedding Guide - Copenhagen

What Other Extras Should You Consider?

If you’re still with us… congra­tula­tions! We’ve tried to cover all the biggest and most important topics when it comes to planning, organising the big day ahead of you. Hopefully you have a better idea on how to assign your budget, find a venue and much more… but there’s always going to be something small that you’ve missed in the planning process!

Photog­raphers & Vide­og­raphers

A photographer plays a huge part on any wedding day, no matter what time of year it is. You might have one or two people in mind already that you’re considering reaching out to. One thing to remember when searching for wedding photog­raphers is to check out their portfolio of previous work… especially in low-light envi­ron­ments!

As the sunlight will be limited on the day compared to a summer wedding, you’ll need to make sure that you have full confidence in the photographer you hire as the pictures taken on the day will serve as a lifelong memory of the most important day of your lives!

Vide­og­raphers are also appearing more and more at weddings, with some couples looking to have more than just a still image to remember their day by. Vide­og­raphers are a great idea if you want to look back on your day and remember it exactly how it was!

Winter Wedding Guide - Wedding Photographer

Coats and Winter Clothes

This one is quite self-explanatory, but it’s guaranteed that all of your guests will be turning up to the service and reception with lots more layers of clothing on due to the inevitably cold weather. Even if you’re planning on having the service and reception at the same venue, arranging a cloakroom and hiring/­assigning an attendant is a solid idea. After all, the last thing guests will want to be doing is carrying around their heavy scarves and thick winter jackets all day!

As well as arranging a coat drop-off and pick-up station at your venue, you might want to consider handing out some wedding favours for when the guests arrive that will keep them warm and cosy throughout the day. As we’ve already mentioned, winter-themed wedding favours like blanket stations will be a great alternative to your guests having to wear their coats indoors.

If you need a bit of help with hen party planning, Funktion Events organise thousands of events every year for girl groups. There’s a bunch of different hen do activities to choose from to suit every bride to be across the UK. You can also get the stag do sorted if you’re feeling motivated!

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