Imagine your winter wonderland. A white blanketed sky in the middle of December when Christmas is upon us, an open log fire, fresh Christmas trees and snowflakes fall around you from above – who wouldn’t want a white wedding?
If you've selected winter to be your season to tie the knot, we've put some ideas together to help you make your wedding the most magical and spectacular venue.
Take advantage of the snow (if you’re lucky enough to have it)
If you’re outdoors scatter the snow over the surrounding areas and on the trees. The lights will reflect off the ice and create a natural sparkle effect especially on the evening. If you’ve not got the advantage of real snow, why not fake it? There are plenty of realistic alternatives out there which you can use inside and outside without the temperature being an issue. The fake snow might just cost a lot more than the natural stuff!
Provide some blankets for your guests if it’s an outdoor reception/venue.
No need for expensive ones, just find some simple blankets that are in with the colour palette and add a note on top for an extra touch. If your venue is outside or particularly cold these blankets could come in very handy.
Go all out and ask your stylist to finish your makeup with an Icy touch.
Almost like a character from Disney’s Frozen, inspire your makeup with blues, whites and silvers and don’t be afraid to add a bit of shimmer. If you’re brave you could even add a splash of red lipstick for a classy and festive feel.
A white dress is a must have for a winter wedding
It goes without saying that it would be a major flaw not to have a show stopping white dress. We’re not thinking that your dress needs to be covered in crystals and snowflakes, but a themed dress with a pattern or lace on would work well with the decor of the venue. For the outdoorsy photos and gatherings a shawl or fur wrap will be your best friend in the cold weather. Make sure you’re warm enough to be stood outside, as there will be a lot of hanging around trying to get the perfect photograph.
Instead of welcoming your guests with wine, why not give them a heated beverage
Do something different and welcome your guests with a hot chocolate in a quality glass or mulled wine. It will give them a warm feeling inside and help keep their temperature up so they’re not shivering the entire way through the beginning of the ceremony – the blanket should help too!
Don’t be worried about adding a splash of colour
When you begin to design your menus, invites and other table accessories, the base colour has to be white, and lots of it. Don’t be afraid to add festive colours like red, white and silver to spice it up. You could alternatively use tinted up-lighting or projectors with patterned prints to break up the white.
Impress your guests with an ice sculpture
If you want to impress your guests, hire in an ice sculpture and if you’re feeling really adventurous get an ice sculpture that’s a drinks fountain or an ice bar. Pour your beverage of choice over the ice and race it to the bottom to drink it at freezing point. Another popular showstopper has to be the chocolate fountain, but for an extra icy touch use white chocolate and tint it with blue food colouring!
And finally try to set your venue in a location with a view, and if there’s snow in sight, even better...