It’s the most wonderful time of the year, no not just your wedding day, or even Christmas, but winter just has a certain romance about it that makes a winter wedding just so special. Here’s a few winter wedding ideas and tips for your special day.
While the bride and groom are signing the registry why not put a warming smile on your guests faces by serving a hot toddy. You can keep any younger guests warm with a small hot chocolate. Better yet get the experts on the case with the fruity guys at Bartender.co.uk
If you want to add some real ‘Wow!’ factor to the big day then call in the artistic minds at Glacial Art to create an ice carving that will really get people talking. You can use it to serve drinks or just as a stand out decorative item.
A Very Shiny Nose…
OK, so it might not actually be the descendent of Rudolph himself but arriving by a reindeer drawn sleigh? The only way you could possibly get more festive is to have Father Christmas doing the driving (but he’s a bit busy this time of year). It’s all possible thanks to the team at Reindeer2Hire.
You can see whether your guest have the X-factor with a fun Marryoke video from Music Wedding Videos. You don’t just get a simply unbeatable memento of your day but they’re also brilliant fun for everybody to take part in.
Dancing on Ice
Perhaps the ultimate in winter wedding must haves is your very own ice rink. Yes you’ll need a sizeable venue (and budget) but this falls heavily in to the “If you can then you definitely should.” category. You can go all out with a real ice rink from Icescape.
You can give all the bridesmaids a little thank you and get everyone feeling funky together by presenting them with personalised slippers from Bath Robes UK. It’s also a nice way to keep their feet toastie before the gloves come off and the heels go on.
If you really want to create a winter wonderland but are worried about Mother nature blowing a bit more hot than cold, don’t go to the expense of hiring a snow machine, you can buy them at an amazing price from the lovely folk at Maplin.
Here’s a top tip, wedding flowers can be expensive so A) make sure you get a great florist with fresh blooms. B) Save money by using seasonal flowers. A good florist will be aware of seasonal flowers being more reasonably priced and also often far better for the environment as they’ll be grown in Britain by British growers. The Great British Florist has a hatful of wedding awards and really know their stuff.
It’s possible to create something really magical with carefully planned lighting. And you don’t need to break the budget. Party Pieces have a fantastic selection of lights from festoon strings to paper lanterns and wooden star lights.
The Food of Love…
Music really is the food of love and there’s nothing like a live band or singer. Freak Music supply live musicians and bands across the UK. String quartets, harpists, duos, jazz and swing, vintage, tributes, rock bands and solo singers there is something to suit every taste no matter how cheesy (well it is a wedding after all).
There are very few things in the world that smell quite as tempting as a hog roast and they really do add a visual specatacle to the day. Plus so much good food! Spitting Pig have a wealth of experience supplying hog roasts for all kinds of weddings and can certainly bring mouth-watering flavours to yours.
Ice Ice Baby
You don’t just have to put the ‘ice’ in glasses. Add a little bling to your look with some diamonds from ROX Diamonds. From beautifully understated pieces to BOOM! Stand out rocks to dazzle, ROX produce wonderful pieces to shine through on your big day.
Another real show stealer is the wedding cake, you can give yours a real Christmas feel by having a bauble wedding cake with a little help from The Blue Door Bakery. It’s a perfectly Christmassy adornment to any winter wedding… Plus its cake!
There is simply something so romantic about candlelight, especially when you’re lighting a whole room with them. They also make great wedding favours and thank yous. Getting Personal have a huge range of wedding candles to suit every colour theme.
Don’t Get Caught Out
The winter weather can add a little extra pressure to the wedding day. Having laid out so much money, make sure you’re protected by getting properly covered. You can get a full and free quote from my-weddinginsurance but regardless of who you opt for, make sure your day is covered against any mishaps.
With A Bang
One advantage of winter weddings over summer dos is the earlier nights, that darkness is the perfect canvass for a wonderful fireworks show. You don’t need to go for a full NYE scale extravaganza, a nice firework tableau or sign can be wonderfully dramatic.
Queen For A Day
We’re going to break this to you gently, but one of the harsh truths of life is that there are very few occasions when you get to wear a cape (unless you’re Wonder Woman). So that’s all the more reason to get wrapped up on the big day in a Wonderful Wrap.
Brollies, essential but ultimately a little bit boring. Well not anymore! If you’re having a winter wedding there’s a good chance you and your guests will need them so add a sense of fun with the Jolly Brolly Co who have a range of bridal brollies as well as fun designs for all your guests.
Wellies, just the word makes us smile. And anyone who thinks having to wear wellies on their wedding day might spoil the look can guess again. Welly Warehouse have some wonderfully elegant puddle jumpers that are perfect to get you between venues so you can then slip back into your wedding shoes.
That Old Chestnut
Nat King Cole had it right when he summed up Christmas with ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…’. The smell of roast chestnuts really is one of the great fragrances of the festive season. Living the Cream have a number of wonderful vintage touches for your big day but by far our favourite is the Hot Chestnut Bike.
Tipi or Not Tipi
If you want a really different atmosphere for your reception then a giant tipi really does add something truly special. Available in various sizes you can fit your guests and the band all under one vast canvas roof.