While the festive season is unfortunately over, the winter months are still upon us. The colder weather could cause potential issues for couples getting married during this time, however we are here to help you with this. We have put together ten tips that we have gathered from our past winter weddings to help you out.
Alternative arrival drinks: You don’t have to stick with typical arrival drinks such as prosecco. You could use the opportunity to provide your guests with hot drinks to keep them warm before the speeches and dinner. Some of our recent couples have opted to serve Hot Chocolate or Warm Winter Pimms and they went down really well with the guests.
Keeping your guests warm: Providing blankets for your guests is an ideal way to help them stay warm and cosy. Ensuring the seating for your ceremony or wedding breakfast are placed away from any doors will be another element your guests will appreciate, especially from any older friends or family members.
To help keep you warm: If you are wanting to brave the cold for some outdoor photos, pairing a fluffy shawl or bolero with your dress will help keep you cosy in the colder weather. You could also choose tweed or velvet suits for the groomsmen which will give them extra warmth too.
Does your wedding have central heating? One thing to consider when booking a winter wedding is whether your venue is centrally heated. Be aware that a marquee wedding may create a few extra heating costs at this time of year.
Alternative footwear: Protect your feet and your footwear in winter weather by choosing an alternative to traditional wedding footwear options. You could try Ugg boots or perhaps wellies for a particularly wet wedding. If you really want to wear a pair of heels but don’t want to ruin them, opt for heel protector caps or bring another pair of shoes when going out for photos such as trainers or Converse.
Have a wet weather station/cupboard: Having a designated area for your guests to keep their coats and umbrellas will be a winner with your guests and it will also avoid any excess coats or baggage at the tables during the meal.
Be aware of bad driving conditions: Longer travel time to the venue may be necessary for both you and your guests especially if the roads are icy. Another way to avoid driving in the bad weather is choosing to have your ceremony and reception at the same venue. It will be an added bonus if your guests can stay over at the venue too as this will prevent any further driving.
Reuse your Christmas decorations: Save money and use your Christmas decorations as your wedding decorations. Check with your venue to see what decorations they might have put up for Christmas as you may be able to use theirs and save money that way too.
Opt for comforting food: There are many different catering options you can choose for your wedding. Opting for winter warmer food such as soup or roast dinner are traditional favourites. However, you could also choose a Fish and Chip van or Pimp your Pie station which are also comforting options in the cold.
Wedding Insurance: Wedding insurance is always advised no matter what the time of year. However, during the winter months, wedding insurance is even more important. Protect yourself against the bad weather and make sure you have a contingency plan if your band or caterer aren’t able to get to the venue because of snow or ice.
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