Planning A Winter Wedding

Often dismissed as the season to avoid by engaged couples, when in reality the winter months offer an abundance of inspiration and opportunities for your wedding day.

I have always had a soft spot for winter weddings.  In fact, I chose to host my own wedding in December.  I fell in love with the romance of winter weddings, and couldn’t wait to incorporate a colour palette oozing with rich warm winter tones and textures.

So, if you are yet to set your date, and think that a winter wedding could be for you, take a little time to read my tips on how to embrace the cooler months and use this wonderful season as the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.

Winter wedding styling- roses and brass candlestick

Image Credit: Frankly Iris Photography

Choosing A Venue For Your Winter Wedding:

Before making this important decision be sure to visit your venue in the month that you will be marrying. This will not only provide you with a true vision of how the venue will look on your wedding day, but will also allow you to be inspired by the venues own winter decor. Be sure to pay particular attention to the interior of the venue, as unlike the majority of summer weddings you should expect some, if not all of your photographs to be captured inside. You will therefore need to love the permanent features of the venue, such as wall coverings & curtains and the interior colour scheme. As there is a fairly good chance that some of these will be making an appearance in your wedding images and film.

Colour Palette For Your Winter Wedding:

The winter months offer a fabulous array of alternative hue combinations, which allow you to go off- piste and incorporate a variety of unique shades into your wedding day styling. All of which are completely different in style to that of a summer wedding.

Rich berry tones paired with lashings of foliage, or opulent jewel hues with accents of contrasting gold metallic touches will help to create a lavish romantic ambience .  Whilst a pastel colour palette complemented with a warm shade of grey, or Pantone’s colour of the year “Classic Blue” matched with crisp white are also perfect colour choices for a winter wedding.  Alternatively, why not combine a frosted white with a pearly silver to create a magical winter wonderland.

Winter wedding table styling inspiration

Image Credit: Frankly Iris Photography 

Creative Lighting For Your Winter Wedding:

Candlelight never fails to add a touch of elegance, and offers an effective way to introduce a soft romantic atmosphere to both your wedding ceremony, as well as your wedding reception. Pillar candles within lanterns are the perfect addition to your aisle, whilst the use of  candles varying in height and thickness within your centrepieces, on fireplaces, as well as your bar area will add an extra layer of detail and romance.

Soft delicate fairy lights suspended above your dance floor will transform your first dance into the most magical of shows for your guests to enjoy. Whilst a fairy light back drop lovingly placed behind your top table will help create an indulgent and idyllic atmosphere throughout your Wedding Breakfast.


Photography For Your Winter Wedding:

When confirming timings for a winter wedding you will need to be mindful of the limited number of daylight hours. In order to take advantage of the unique photo opportunities offered by the winter months you should carefully plan your ceremony timings, ensuring that your photographer has the time required to capture all the images you are hoping for.  It’s definitely worth discussing with your photographer where each set of images will take place. For example, are you hoping to have your group shots outside and your couple shots within your venue, or vice versa. This will then allow your photographer to plan their photo schedule accordingly, ensuring that all outside images are taken before the light starts to fade.

Also consider asking your photographer to show you a gallery of a past winter wedding that they have shot, and remember to point out images that you are particularly fond of. This will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of photographs they are able to capture, as well as showing your photographer the style that appeals to you.

Bride with Red Rose Flower Crown

Image Credit: Frankly Iris Photography 

The Weather For Your Winter Wedding:

Not having to second guess the weather was without a doubt an advantage for me when I was planning my own winter wedding. Although I needed to have a plan B in place for my photographs, this was actually the only back up plan I required.

I knew that it would be chilly, so I included the cost of the appropriate accessories for myself and my bridesmaids within my budget from the beginning.  So was not met with last minute purchases to keep us all warm.

My ceremony and my drinks reception were all planned to take place within my venue, meaning that I did not need to stalk the weather forecasts in the weeks leading up to my wedding, which believe me can be stressful.

In fact, the only concern that I had regarding the weather on my wedding day was my guests becoming stuck in traffic due to icy roads, or heavy rain. So, I arranged guest transport for my guests from a meeting point (the hotel were they were staying on the night of my wedding), and made sure that the coaches setting off time factored in heavy traffic. I also stated on my invitations my wedding ceremony time as half an hour before it actually was.  Cheeky I know, but all my guests arrived in plenty of time to watch my husband and I exchange our wedding vows, which was very important to us.

Image Credit: Frankly Iris Photography

I really hope that this blog post has highlighted the advantages of hosting a winter wedding, and I would love to know if after reading this you are now considering the winter months as a possible date for your wedding day.

I would also love to hear from you, if you are planning a wedding within Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire and are considering working with a wedding planner.




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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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