6 Festive Ideas for a Winter Wedding
With winter just around the corner, many couples will be engrossed in the organisation of their winter wedding. From booking the church and reception venue to sending out invites and gift lists, arranging the mundane details can sometimes curb creativity and stifle the excitement. To lend a helping hand and get your creative juices flowing once more, I’ve compiled my favourite festive ideas for the perfect winter wedding.
1. Cosy locations
With endless weather warnings issued every winter in the UK, cosy wedding locations are a must for any winter wedding. Highland lodges with big, open fires, rustic farmhouses with plenty of dancing space in the heated barn, and romantic, candlelit inns are popular choices at this time of year. Take a look at the Great British Weddings website for more ideas for a winter wedding location.
2. Knitted luxuries
Despite recalling that hideous knitted Christmas jumper your Great Aunt lovingly made you last year, it’s essential that you erase all preconceptions when it comes to woollen wonders! Knitted goods are back in fashion and are definitely here to stay. Stylish knitted jumpers for the ushers, cable-knit tights for the bridesmaids, soft knitted blankets for the guests, and festive knitted gift wrap are vital this year. For additional creativity points, host a pre-wedding knitathon, enlist your nearest and dearest, and knit the perfect wedding accessories yourself.
3. Steaming brews
When it comes to serving thirsty guests at your winter wedding, why not surprise them with a hot beverage to heat their chilled fingers and get them in the celebratory spirit? I recommend these cheeky, tempting recipes:
- Mulled wine
- Warm winterberry cider
- Hot spiced rum
- Melted chocolate with Baileys
If you’d prefer a non-alcoholic option, try a Viennese hot chocolate or a refreshing hot fruit tea.
4. Festive cake
No wedding is complete without a cake, and for many couples, it can be a visual and culinary representation of their personalities. Following the immense popularity of the Great British Bake Off, online recipe resources are now richer in cake, and teeming with festive ideas at this time of year. Moist fruitcakes overflowing with dates, cranberries, figs, and honey are succulently appropriate ideas for a winter wedding cake.
5. Seasonal shrubs
Seasonal decorations will add the finishing touches to your winter wedding. Making use of seasonal flowers and plants is an age old wedding decoration tradition: pine cones, dried branches, and evergreen sprigs are just a small sample of shrubs on offer this season. You can also create your own bouquets with white Vendela roses, lilies of the valley, and winter ferns, bound with ribbons and silks.
6. Rustic colours
Vital to any wedding, an effective colour scheme can harmoniously complement your venue, outfits, and pull together your decor arrangement. Attractive rustic winter colour schemes include ivories, pale pinks and greens, deep reds, chocolate browns and pastels. When opting for bright, bold colours, try coordinating them with softer, lighter colours for a more rustic winter scheme.