I love winter weddings! They're the perfect time to cosy up and get creative with ways to keep you & your guests warm. Here are some ideas to get you started...
Forget the candy cart - how about a hot chocolate station!?!
We've seen so many different candy carts over the past few years, but winter is the perfect time to do things a little bit differently! How about a hot chocolate station to keep your guests warm through your evening reception?
If you're having a micro-wedding or a garden wedding, you can set up a slow cooker to keep your hot chocolate warm. Add your favourites (marshmallows, whipped cream and Baileys are must haves), and let your guests build their own!
If you're having a big wedding, ask your caterer or wedding planner if it's something they can arrange for you. Your guests will love you for it!
Handy wedding favours
Yep, I'm talking about gloves! If you're having a micro-wedding, you could have a custom embroidered pair for each guest as a wedding favour with their name or initials on them.
If you have quite a lot of guests you could look at more affordable options but tie them neatly to match your decor. Add a little label to double them up as place cards too.
These are also great if you plan to have a sparkler send off at the end of your wedding meal - gloves are a must!
Get your Apres Ski on!!!
If you hit the slopes in the winter, why not bring the magic back into your wedding day? You can set up rustic wooden bars, hire upturned barrels for tables, and buckets of ice for your drinks. I've even seen these little ski boutonnieres (via Becky Young).
Match your stationery and table names, and it'll be almost like you're getting married up a mountain in France (which you can also totally do if you want to).
I love this idea because it brings all of the warm and relaxed vibes that your rustic winter wedding really needs.
Christmas wreath or blanket chair decorations
Why not switch the traditional chair sashes and covers for stunning Christmas wreaths or woolly blankets?
They're a little bit different, and if you can get one for every guest's chair they'll add a real festive flair to your wedding day.
You don't have to go for traditional red and green Christmas wreaths (although these ones photographed by Amanda Donaho are just beautiful). You can match the colours to your wedding theme, there are so many talented people making Christmas wreaths in our local area.
The same goes for blankets - they'll look nice and cosy in your wedding colours, and your guests will love them. They could even double up as wedding favours for your guests, and they'll really appreciate it when they're bundled up outside in the chilly winter air.
Both of these look particularly amazing at rustic weddings, and are perfect for barn set ups too!
Christmas dinner wedding breakfast!
Surely, everyone loves a good roast dinner?!?!
On a cold winter's day, there's nothing better than tucking into turkey or a nut roast (I'm a veggie so that would be my choice) with all the trimmings.
It's super easy to cater for all of your guests, and it will give real winter vibes to each and every one. You could do 'help yourself' sharing platters on each table, or even turn it into a full on buffet. Whatever you decide, you'll have a really homely wedding meal with relaxed and rustic vibes.
I love winter weddings
There are lots of reasons to plan your wedding for the wintertime. It tends to come out a little cheaper than a summer celebration, and it gives you and your guests even more to look forward to alongside the usual winter festivals.
Winter weddings glow with warm and cosy vibes. You're less likely to lose your guests outside as they'll be wanting to keep warm on the dance floor, and you can really take advantage of the festive atmosphere.
So if you've been toying with the idea of getting married in the winter, go for it! You won'e be disappointed!