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10 tips for planning a winter wedding

Winter is a great time to have your big day and there are plenty of benefits to having your wedding in winter. Winter weddings usually work out cheaper than summer weddings plus you can add some cosy and stylish accessories to your dream dress to really complete your outfit and keep warm. Winter weddings can be truly magical so, if you’re considering having your big day in the colder months, here are our top tips for planning a winter wedding…

1. Cosy accessories

Obviously it’s colder in winter and so you’ll need to rug up warm, especially if you’re planning on having some of your photography outside. Choose from faux fur stoles, capes or boho cardigans to keep cosy, or choose a wedding dress with long sleeves.

2. Opt for velvet

Don’t forget to keep the men warm too! A velvet blazer is really on-trend for winter and this thicker fabric will keep your groom and his groomsmen warm. Check out our menswear site, Grays Menswear for more inspiration for your suits.

3. Take some photos outside

If the weather is fine, a winter’s day can make for some really beautiful wedding photography. If the day is bleak, your photography has a really dramatic feel, and on a clear, sunny winter’s day your photos will look bright and colourful. Remember to plan in options for inside photography, in case the weather is too bad to stand outside.

4. Use seasonal flowers

Make the most of the flowers that are in season for your winter wedding. Bridal bouquets of red roses look beautiful and classic next to a white dress or opt for white centre pieces with lilies and orchids for a stylish wedding breakfast.

5. Go festive

If you love Christmas, why not opt for a Christmas wedding? Your family and friends are likely to be off work over the festive period and you can add little touches to your big day to really tie-in with the Christmas theme – pigs in blanket canapes, anyone?

6. Plan for bad weather

There is always the possibility that it will snow in winter, making travelling a little bit more difficult. To counteract this, plan in longer journey times for getting to your venue and try to have your ceremony and reception all in one place so that your guests don’t have to travel between two venues.

7. Light it up

Add lots of candles to your wedding day decor to give your venue a really romantic, cosy feel. You can also pick scents for your candles like cinnamon, cloves and sandalwood for a festive feel.

8. Winter colours

Incorporate classic winter colours into your wedding day theme. Choose jewel tones like berry red, burgundy and hunter green or even incorporate some tartan, especially if your family has a Scottish connection. Metallics like rose gold, silver and gold make for a classy colour palette.

9. Keep your guests warm

Hopefully your venue will be warm and cosy for you and your guests, but you could always warm them up with a reception drink of mulled wine, or hot chocolate, especially if there is some time standing outside for photographs.

10. Winter favours

Wedding favours are a lovely way to add those little winter touches for your big day. Choose from winter candles, candy canes, hot chocolate mixes, miniature bottles of Baileys, or even sparklers for some cold weather treats.

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