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‘Tis the season for winter wedding inspiration

It may not be the season most readily associated with weddings, but there are numerous reasons why getting married in the winter makes sense. Venues are significantly cheaper, and the UK winter coincides with the best time to visit some of the most popular honeymoon destinations, such as the Maldives. If you’re planning a winter wedding, here are some ideas to make it extra special.

Creating a cosy atmosphere

An outdoor reception is likely to be out of the question, so make indoors as cosy as can be with a roaring log fire in the hearth and innumerable candles glistening in patterned tealight holders on the tables. Fairy lights also work well for creating a magical twinkling effect, and are better suited to the darker evenings of winter than bunting. If you’re getting married in the run-up to Christmas (or just after it), real Christmas trees will not only look enchanting, but they’ll fill the room with that beautiful Christmas tree smell.

Colour schemes for winter weddings

If you go for a Christmas theme then reds, greens and golds are the obvious choice for your colour scheme. But winter weddings don’t have to have a Christmas theme; that’s just one option. For a touch of drama, and to bring your wedding away from a festive theme, try silver, grey, green or burgundy. Ice sculptures work well as centrepieces (just keep them away from the candles!), and you can create simple yet striking flower arrangements with wintry frosted branches, berries, holly and other seasonal favourites.

Winter wining and dining

Embrace the best bits of the winter season by serving mulled wine or eggnog during your drinks reception, and set up a hot chocolate bar with a choice of toppings so that guests can have fun making their own. When it’s time to feast, classic winter warmers such as curried parsnip soup, roast chicken and sticky toffee pudding are sure to go down well.

Entertainment for chilly evenings

If you don’t mind braving the cold, a firework display ties in well with a season that includes Guy Fawkes Night and New Year’s Eve, while fire breathers are a dramatic spectacle for a dark winter’s night. Don’t forget the sparklers if you venture outdoors; the photographer will have great fun capturing heart-shaped light trails burning in the night sky. Back indoors, the mellow tones of a string quartet can create a warm atmosphere during your drinks reception, while a pianist or harpist are sophisticated choices for sparkling winter tunes over your wedding breakfast. For Christmas weddings, a jazz band playing festive favourites such as ‘White Christmas’ will set a magical tone for the rest of the evening.

Get there in luxury, whatever the weather

The weather outside might well be frightful, so staying warm and dry right to the door of your venue is a top priority. Hire a chauffeur to get you to your wedding in style and you won’t have to worry about wintry rain or snow spoiling your wedding hair.