EMBRACE THE WINTER COLOUR SCHEME
There are no rules when it comes to wedding planning and the main thing is to bring your dream vision to life. However, it would be usual to at least stick to a winter colour scheme, such as rich fern greens, silvers, golds, cherry reds, browns, brass, etc. You can incorporate these in general décor, invitations, table centrepieces and even your bouquet.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ADD SEEMINGLY CLICHÉD TOUCHES
If done properly, clichés won’t look like clichés on your special day. Make sure to use them to accent your venue and not pile them on too much! Don’t shy away from pinecones, fairy lights, snow globes, baubles or glitter, as these can look fresh and new if used in an unconventional way, such as snow globe table numbers of pinecone bouquets.
GO WITH YOUR OWN VISION OF A WINTER WONDERLAND
The beauty of a winter theme is that everyone has their own vision of a winter wonderland. Whether you favour a snowy, blingtastic setting, complete with crystals, or a boho, nature-rich décor filled with fern branches and winter berries, there is quite literally a style for every couple. I would recommend choosing a vision to follow and carrying it through to every detail, thus having a cohesive wedding aesthetic. Also, remember that a winter wedding is not necessarily a Christmas wedding.
MAKE SURE YOU PICK A SUITABLE VENUE
Make sure to choose a venue that is comfortable for you and your guests in winter. As charming as a historic location may be, the heating situation might not be ideal. Be prepared to hire heaters and provide your guests with a toasty atmosphere. Also consider providing cloaks/blankets if heating isn’t a possibility in the ceremony location and make sure that the reception area can indeed be heated. You don’t want anyone, including yourself, to catch a cold! Another thing to think about is the logistics of getting to your venue, either for suppliers or guests. The snow or overall weather conditions could make the journey there difficult, so be sure to bear that in mind.
EMBRACE THE EARLY SUNSET AND USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE IN THE PHOTOS
Photographers face challenges in winter weddings, as the lighting is less than desirable. Schedule your ceremony time in function of daylight, so that you can get some outdoor photographs. But other options include indoor photos or even using the low light as a charming addition: you can get some striking photographs with sparklers, lanterns, etc. Just make sure that you can get some natural light ones, before taking refuge from the cold inside. I wouldn’t advise relying solely on flash photography or artificial lights, as this will give quite a ‘fake’ feeling to otherwise romantic photographs.
WARMTH, WARMTH, WARMTH
I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your guests, especially bridesmaids, warm. Do pick outfits for them that aren’t paper thin and provide decent coverage: velvet could be an option. Also go for warming and even seasonal food and drink, such as hot chocolate, and warm canapés and a hearty meal choice. Steer clear of cold soups and salads, which are better suited to spring and summer weddings.
ADAPT YOUR BEAUTY REGIME AND OUTFIT/SHOES TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS
Remember that the cold winter air can take a toll on your skin and makeup. Make sure to have moisturiser and lip balm in your beauty bag at all times, as well as hand cream. Also consider your dress and footwear choices: a 3 metre train and sky-high stilettos might not be ideal for navigating an icy path or walking on a dusting of snow. Think about taking a pair of Ugg boots or similar footwear to change into for any outdoor activity: remember, no one will see under your floor length gown, so make the most of it! Indoors is another matter, so feel free to wear the heels you want to dance the night away in.