And The Bells Were Ringing Out…
For your wedding day. Centuries ago it was a popular tradition to get married on Christmas Day. It’s the perfect time to get wed. Most people are already on their festive holidays. Romantic fairy lights and mistletoe everywhere. Winter weddings can be truly magical. This blog will hopefully inspire you to feel the same.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…
And getting the perfect wedding venue is key. Explore places during the festive season. You’ll see firsthand how they look in wintry settings. And how they decorate it. Giant Christmas trees, with presents underneath, look amazing in wedding photos. Ask about festive colour schemes. Avoids potential clashes, when planning yours. Many will have neutral themes anyway, due to the recent rise in Christmas wedding popularity. But better to check.
A stunning winter’s feature is an open log fire. It not only looks good in the pics but creates a cosy atmosphere for guests. Gets everyone feeling festive. They’ll drink a tipple with family and friends around it. Imagine a choir singing festive tunes in the background too. Magical.
Consider winter menu ideas like mince pies and mulled wine rather than canapés and fizz. A hog roast in the evening, accompanied by pigs in blankets and roast potatoes. And chocolates. Plenty of Christmas chocolates. Everyone loves a selection box. Even the big kids.
Explore the grounds. Take in the winter’s scene. Visualise your photos. And ask what provisions are in place, in the event of snow.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside…
But a winter’s landscape is perfect for romantic images and atmosphere. Romantic scenes not captured in the warmer seasons. Imagine lots of clouds and darkening skies. Soft Christmas lighting, circling winter’s mist and raindrops in the air.
Whether it’s overcast, freezing cold, a scatter of wintry showers or torrential downpours, it won’t matter. You’ll be planning to hold the majority of the day indoors anyway, with it being the coldest time of the year. And guests will come weather prepared too.
Encourage your photographer to get creative ideas and to think outside of the box. Whether it’s capturing a winter’s scene against an ivy-clad building. Or a kiss beneath the mistletoe hanging over the open log fire.
For external shots, invest in props. Umbrellas and wellies for instance. You could match colours with the wedding scheme or go for more random, bold and daring shades. These will add an element of fun to the day. Another bonus of wintry weather!
Step Into Christmas…
With some festive touches to your outfits and accessories. Bouquets made out of red roses can look amazing against the backdrop of a white winter wedding. Or more green and neutral colours, with holly and pine cones added in.
Or if you prefer some sparkle then bouquets made out of jewels, brooches or crystals bring a stunning bling effect. You could add your ‘something old’ to it, with a piece of heirloom jewellery such as a grandmother’s brooch as the centrepiece of the bouquet. With the added bonus of being able to keep it forever. Maybe it’ll be your granddaughter’s ‘something old’ one day. Buttonholes, bridesmaid bouquets or wrist corsages can be made using similar materials. Silver fake twigs with crystals for the groomsmen and mother of bride/grooms. Stunning crystal wrist corsages or bouquets for bridesmaids, to compliment the bride. A keepsake for everyone, and a bridal party gift. I bet you’re thinking – well this sounds fabulous but expensive. You’d be wrong. The cost is actually competitive to what you’d pay for real flowers.
Faux fur shrugs for the bridesmaids and a bolero for the bride look great in photos too. Groomsmen can get away with most colours for a winter wedding, but silver in particular, against all the fairy lighting, looks amazing. Or go full-on tuxedo and make it a black-tie Christmas wedding. And encourage guests to dress to impress!
Deck The Halls…
With boughs of holly or classy festive decorations. Imagine lanterns or candles lining the aisle. Later, used as centrepieces for the wedding breakfast. Alternatively small white/silver trees in vases are a perfect wintry touch. Or even just some simple fairy lighting in a bowl or vase. All of these create a romantic Christmas atmosphere and look great in the photos.
Wedding favours could be Christmas baubles, personalised with your names and the date of your wedding. Guests will hang their favour on their tree every year, and remember your wedding and their memories of it. Homemade crackers are another festive option. You could store a bottle of whiskey or gin in the middle, and a joke/quiz question. Keep guests amused on the table, and break the ice if they don’t know each other.
How about a Christmas wishing tree instead of a guestbook? Hang paper hearts from it and ask guests to write their messages on these. You keep the messages and then use the tree, with fairy lights, for future Christmases. And the wedding card box could be a personalised postbox. Making the guests feel that they’re posting their cards to Santa (kids will love it!).
Table plans could be giant advent calendars. Or maybe the names could be your favourite Christmas films. So many ideas for wedding cakes too. Something as simple as snowflakes on a tier of white cakes. Alternatively, you could try something unique and go for a tower of mini Yule logs. Yum.
And if you have the budget then why not hire the big man’s sleigh and reindeers to bring you to the ceremony. Too much? Maybe. But if you can’t go overboard at Christmas, then when can you?
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year…
So why wouldn’t you get married at Christmas? It’ll be one to remember, Santa appearance or not. A 100 romantic Christmas movies all wrapped up in one day. Your winter wedding day. Christmas means love, after all.