Gone are the days when people only got married during the summer months, weddings are all year round, with the autumn/winter seasons proving to be quite popular now. If you’ve already booked your wedding during the winter season or, if you’re currently trying to decide what time of year to book your big day, here are some things to think about which might excite you about your winter wedding…
Summer weddings are popular, but this also means that dates may be difficult. You may have found your dream venue, but they’re already booked. During the autumn/winter months venues have more availability meaning your perfect date may be available at your dream wedding venue.
And, if you love Christmas, why don’t you think about a mid-week wedding between Christmas and New Year, where you may be able to save on costs, and your guests may have booked time off already due to the holiday season too!
You also don’t need to worry too much about the weather, as you’ll be spending most of your time indoors. Yes autumn/winter may be cold but what’s more romantic than having lots of fairy lights, candles and a roaring log fire during your evening reception, with the possibility of snow on your wedding day. You’ll have to choose your wedding attire a little more carefully but only in the sense of having a pashmina, bolero or fur wrap, to make sure you and your bridesmaids are warm when stood outside for pictures.
Don’t forget if you are having a winter wedding make sure you book the ceremony time early in the afternoon, to allow you some daylight time for photographs after you’ve said ‘I do’ and before the evening draws in.
With the drinks reception you can also play around with drinks, instead of the normal glass of Prosecco on arrival why don’t you opt for mulled wine or even better hot Pimms, yes, that’s right hot Pimms – you can thank me later!
For your colour scheme, you can also pick some amazing jewel tones like deep red, purple and gold. During the winter months, florists will be able to advise the perfect flowers which will be in season, which will really stand out, giving you the most beautiful eye-catching bouquets and flowers with an opulent mix of colours.
The only bit of advice I would say, but this isn’t just for winter weddings is… wedding insurance. For peace of mind in the lead up to your big day, I would make sure you’re covered. With a range of wedding insurances out there from multiple providers, shop around for the best cover and deal.
After writing this month’s column it’s got me thinking about my wedding day, if I had the chance to do it all over again, I would opt for this time of the year!
All that’s left to say is… Merry Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2020!
Caroline Roberts runs Events by Caroline Louise, an event management company that specialises in wedding planning. She also owns Bella, the Prosecco Van and provides happiness in a glass! For more information please visit www.eventsbycarolinelouise.com