Winter Wedding Top Tips
One bonus of a winter wedding is because it is off peak you will likely find your chosen vendors have more availability and may even have reduced rates. However there are a lot of other factors that you should plan for and here are my top tips….
The days are shorter and evenings darker – consider this when planning the timings for your wedding. Chat to your photographer and see where they suggest for locations. You could make your ceremony time earlier in the day so you get as many daylight hours as possible. Darker evenings can also be used as an advantage with cosy log fires, full moons and sparklers making great photo opportunities!
Have a look at local photographer Sarah Jewell’s blog for some great tips on Winter Wedding Photography.
Oh my, how can you plan for the weather on the Isle of Man? After this last week I would say prepare for the worst!
If you are the type of person that loves chunky knitwear and fur, why not incorporate it into your wedding style? Our wedding was in October and I have to admit that when I chose my dress I wasn’t thinking about brisk Autumn winds, but a couple of weeks before our big day I invested in a beautiful champagne feather shrug from The Bridal House and boy was I glad I did! (Pregnancy hormones also helped keep me glowing!)
Depending on your venue, or where you want to have your photographs taken, you might want to buy some blankets or brollies for your guests and bridal party to use while they are waiting around – eBay usually have some good deals.
The availability of certain flowers is limited during the winter months, but flowers like roses, freesias, gerberas, carnations, chrysanthemum and lisianthus are all widely available in lots of colours all year round. Then of course you have the seasonal winter blooms, such as amaryllis, hellebore and anenomes, as well as lots of berries and lush winter evergreen foliage. Ask your florist for suggestions as they will probably know about flowers that are in season that you may not of heard of.
Forget about salads and melon cocktails – fill your guests up with chunky soups, hearty stews and hot chocolate!
You could have a couple of different flavour soups to cater for meat-eaters and vegetarians and chunky bread is a must! Noa Bakehouse have a gorgeous range from white and seeded loaves to baguettes and focaccia – all made with local ingredients.
I love the idea of a hot chocolate bar – guests choose their flavour and toppings- a great way to warm up when they come in from the cold!
For winter weddings there is nothing more cosy and romantic than candles and twinkling fairy lights. If you are on a budget, as your friends and family if they have any fairy lights packed away with the Christmas decorations you can borrow, or if your wedding is in December it is likely that your venue will have put theirs up as part of their seasonal display.
For the DIY Brides and Grooms among you, why not go out and gather fallen twigs and branches (plenty around the countryside in this weather -or perhaps contact a local tree surgeon) and paint or spray them white to display in vases. Then either use them as centrepieces or to line the aisle. Votive glasses or recycled jam jars also look really effective with a tealight in and decorated with a simple piece of ribbon to match you colours.
Don’t be afraid to use strong colours in a winter wedding theme. Bold berry colours, midnight blues, emerald greens and dark golds look amazing and will prevent your day looking too washed out.