Winter weddings are truly magical. From frosty backdrops and glamorous colour schemes to festive food choices and music, there's so much to be excited about! Holding a wedding in winter is fast becoming almost as popular as a summer wedding and we can see why…
So why plan a winter wedding? Without even bringing in the potential of fairy-tale snowy wedding photos, there are so many advantages.
Firstly, winter weddings are usually planned indoors, so you won't need to worry about what the weather has in store for you, removing the stress of ‘back up plans' for rain or wind, melting makeup or humidified wedding hair.
Wedding venues like ours can get very busy during the summer months, as can your guests – with summer holidays, festivals and even other weddings. Holding your wedding in the winter means not only better venue availability for your perfect day, but also more likelihood of your guestlist filling up.
With the nights drawing in earlier, this gives you the chance to start the party sooner and you can really make your wedding sparkle, whether that's with candles, fairy lights or fireworks! Our Memory Makers can arrange a visit for you in the evening so that you can see the lighting options.
Favourite winter wedding ideas
We've been thoroughly inspired by stunning winter weddings and put together some of our favourite winter wedding ideas for those of you thinking of tying the knot at this stunning time of year:
- Let winter inspire your décor - whether that's creating pinecone place names, adding wintry branches to your centrepieces, or adorning your aisle with flickering candlelight, our Memory Makers can help you with your ideal look.
- Wrap up warm – accessorise your gown with a cape, faux fur shawl or muff to ensure you don't get chilly, especially during your photoshoot.
- Stay the night – ask our Memory Makers about adding room bookings for your group, then there's no need for anyone to worry about getting home in the cold winter evenings. It's a great chance to extend your celebrations to a morning-after breakfast or brunch
- Think about winter flavours and décor when planning your wedding cake – gingerbread, blackberries, cinnamon and figs all conjure up mouth-watering images of a delicious winter themed filling or topping.
- Keep your guests toasty by serving up mulled wine or hot chocolate, having plenty of faux fur throws on hand or offering up a warm midnight snack – check our Wish Lists for more options.
- Choose a wedding photographer with experience of winter weddings - the lack of natural light could be a problem for some. Once you've chosen your photographer, arrange for them to visit the venue in the evening and on the day, it's definitely worth packing an umbrella and boots for any outdoor shots.
- There are some fabulous options out there for winter wedding favours - from chocolate coins, sloe gin and chutney, to hand warmers, gloves and snow globes - the possibilities are endless.
- Theme your food and drink - ask our Memory Makers about a wintery signature cocktail, created just for you, an icy cupcake station or a seasonal menu – yum1
Our favourite Winter Wedding Venues:
- Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club
- Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
- St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
- London Marriott Hotel County Hall
If you're considering a magical winter wedding, get in touch with one of our Memory Makers to start planning your happily ever after.