Winter wedding wonderland
Winter weddings are popular, not least because there is often a wider and more economical choice of venues at that time of year. My sister Jill considered the possibility of December nuptials but finally opted for July, preferring not to risk any of the wedding party being snowed in on her big day!
Magical winter wedding photos
Now winter weather can be inclement, but the scenery is different and provides unique photo opportunities for the newlyweds!
Imagine your reception in a country house, set amid pine trees sparkling with icicles and snowflakes – just like fairy lights! Such a magical setting will enhance your wedding album.
And let’s not forget the variety of winter flowers for the bridal bouquets. What about white roses?
Last but not least, a winter wedding gives the bride or bridesmaids an opportunity to indulge in a little fur glamour to keep the cold out! Last February, I attended a wedding where the bride arrived wearing a chic little silver faux fur stole over a traditional white gown. She looked like a movie star!
Choosing a Christmas wedding
What about tying the knot around Christmas? Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman chose Christmas Eve to exchange their marriage vows in 1990.
The Christmas week can be good timing as most of your guests will already be on holiday and able to travel. But book your venue well ahead to avoid clashing with those office Christmas parties!
If you choose December, you can go to town decorating the reception venue! Here are some of my tips:
Adorn tablecloths with atmospheric candles and red and green ribbons.
Choose white camellias for table centrepieces.
Make a fir Christmas tree the focal point of the room. Hang silver and gold lights and some colourful decorations.
Don’t forget to add some winter touches to the menu. Offer mulled wine or small cups of piping broth to guests as they arrive!
And to complete the winter wonderland effect, how about a horse drawn sleigh ride to your venue? What could be more romantic?