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Planning a Winter Wedding

Planning a Winter Wedding

A winter wedding can be a sparkling and magical affair, but in some ways can take more thought and planning than a summer event. If you are planning a winter wedding for this year or the next, here are some top tips to help get you started.


Because of the time of year, you can almost get a free pass when it comes to decorations, as there are plenty of festive ones around for several months. Using what’s already available can save you quite a bit of money if you’re on a tight budget, or you could expand on the theme and really go to town creating your own romantic winter wonderland.

When it comes to a colour scheme, red and green are obviously favourable colours, but metallics such as gold and silver, as well as purple and white, can also make for a luxuriously festive look. Remember to make sure that whether real or artificial, wedding flowers in the venue for both the ceremony and reception should also tie in to the colour scheme.


Speaking of the wedding bouquets and other floral arrangements, you may think that there won’t be too much choice around at this time of year, but you would be mistaken! For one, you can always opt for silk wedding flowers, which means you can get any bloom at any time of the year. If you prefer real flowers, however, then poinsettia is often a popular choice for a winter wedding, with its deep red shade looking particularly striking next to a white dress, or even a snowy backdrop! Snowdrops are another classic winter flower, although they can be a little delicate for a bouquet. If you’re looking for a nice strong green to complement your arrangement, then the leaves of the camellia plant are a great choice.


While the dress you choose may not differ particularly to a summer dress, you should plan some accessories to help keep you warm, particularly while posing outside for photos. Consider wearing tights or stockings under your dress, and a faux fur shrug or bolero jacket is often a popular option, looking stylish as well as being practical. Rather than a dress with long sleeves, you can remove it when you’re working up a steam on the dancefloor to save you overheating! As for shoes, plan for closed-toe rather than sandals, and consider how much grip the soles offer.


Although the British weather can be unpredictable at all times of the year, some harsh winters in recent years mean that things can be a little trickier during the winter months. Discuss with your car company about what will happen should there be heavy snow, or even consider a venue that is close enough to get to without transport, should that be necessary. A horse and carriage can be a romantic idea, but again check with the company what their contingency plan might be and ensure there’s a blanket on hand to keep you warm during the journey!

About the Author – Sarah Makinson is a freelance blogger who contributes to a range of consumer and lifestyle blogs, including Petals Polly.

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