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Top tips for a winter wedding

With winter weddings on the rise, here's how to throw the ultimate out-of-season wedding

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Top tips for a winter wedding

Want to know how to create a festive winter wedding? Here are some top tips and inspiration from Diana Hastie, owner and founder of Country House Wedding Venues for a magical winter day.

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Book your venue well in advance
Christmas is not just a popular time for weddings, but various other functions. This means that in order to avoid disappointment, the wedding venue should be the very first thing you consider in planning your winter wedding, ensuring it is booked well in advance.

Christmas colours
Weddings at Christmas should embrace the custom of the season and take notes from traditional colour schemes which complement the frosty outdoors. The key is to strike the perfect balance; subtle Christmas-themed additions can make a large impact and remember, less can be more.

Winter weddings can be flexible and with so many colour options available from soft pastels, to white and ivory, creating a classic winter scene indoors can easily be achieved. For those who really want to embrace tradition, why not add some rich warm reds and golds to help conjure up that Christmas magic.

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Plan for weather disruptions
With winter, comes unpredictable weather – particularly in the UK. The last thing anyone wants is to be snowed under on their big day. The best thing to do is to check weather updates frequently and leave plenty of time for all travel arrangements, from the ceremony right through to the wedding reception. It’s also wise to keep guests updated with weather forecasts and make sensible travel and accommodation arrangements, especially for out-of-town guests.

Keep warm
It may seem like common sense, but within all the elements of wedding planning it’s easy to overlook the plummeting temperatures when deciding to have a wedding in the winter season. While the wedding party wait for their picture to be taken in the stunning ‘snowscape’, spare a thought for how cold it might be.

Small gestures such as offering hot beverages can help guests warm up in the wintery cold, or have mini intervals for guests to heat their bodies inside as the bride and groom get their pictures taken. For extended periods of time spent outside, offer throws to guests and perhaps have a separate outdoor seating area with patio heaters or open pit fires to keep the chills at bay.

Finishing touches
The fact shouldn’t be ignored that Christmas is just around the corner. To create the ultimate winter wedding, why not add small festive touches to the reception. Adding holly wreaths as table centre pieces, mistletoe to decorate wedding favours, or having a traditionally decorated Christmas tree can add that extra special sparkle.

Want more? Here are 13 hygge ideas for a winter wedding and nine stunning snowy winter weddings to warm the heart

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