It goes without saying that winter weddings should be magical and beautiful. After all, it’s a season that’s synonymous with festive cheer and spending time with those you love, making it a romantic time for saying ‘I do’.  As the coldest season of the year, a successful winter wedding can require a little extra preparation. But don’t let that put you off! Whether you’re counting down the final days to your ceremony or you’re still searching for your wedding rings, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we share five winter must-haves for your special day.  

Include Lots Of Lighting

Lighting is an important consideration for any wedding, but with shorter days and long dark nights it’s an essential element for a winter do. Not only is lighting practical but it can add to the ambience and make your ceremony feel more romantic. When planning your lighting, it may be a good idea to spend some time thinking about your photographs too. Adding lights in strategic places like the arch and aisle can create a warm glow, helping your photographer to capture images that you’ll treasure for years to come.  

Remember To Stay Warm

The average winter temperature hovers around 5°C in the UK, so it’s crucial to consider how to stay warm when planning your big day. Whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors, there are many ideas that you can incorporate to keep everyone toasty. If your venue allows it, lighting fires is a great way to enhance the atmosphere and inject some heat. Alternatively, you could add some blankets to seats to provide your guests with an extra layer, stock up on portable heaters or even just create the illusion of warmth with candles.  

Add A Bit Of Sparkle

Winter is a time to sparkle, from Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve to seasonal fashion and home decor. So, it’s only right to add some sparkle to your winter wedding! Why not include touches of glitter with your table decorations, add some twinkle with fairy lights or end your night with a stunning firework display? Jewellery is another great way to add some sparkle to your outfit – a diamond necklace is perfect for complementing your engagement ring, while gold bracelets are a lovely way to say thank you to your bridesmaids.  

Consider A Winter Wonderland Theme

Transforming your wedding venue into a winter wonderland may seem difficult but it really doesn’t need to be. In fact, there are lots of ways to welcome the festive feeling into your big day with little effort. Whether you want to fully embrace the winter season or simply add some subtle festive touches, there are many ways to do so. For example, you could choose a deep burgundy and forest green colour palette for your floral arrangements, make it “snow” by hiring a snow machine, or even include mistletoe and pine cones in your table displays.  

Choose Seasonal Food And Drinks

Winter is often seen as a time for indulging in food, providing the perfect excuse to treat your guests to rich dishes on your wedding day. The same can be said for drinks - while cocktails like Pimms are considered standard wedding fayre, don’t be scared to plan some more unusual beverages for your winter nuptials Set up a DIY hot chocolate bar complete with a selection of toppings and syrups, swap champagne for warming mulled wine or choose a roast dinner for your wedding breakfast and your guests will never want to leave!    As you can see, winter is a truly special and unique time of year to tie the knot. No matter your budget or tastes, make sure that you include some of these must-haves to add a truly festive feel to your big day. Do you have any other winter wedding tips? Why not let us know on Facebook or Instagram?