It seems fitting that as I contemplated writing this piece that it’s overcast, gloomy and wet outside. It would be hard to pretend that we are excited about the arrival of the colder weather especially now it’s getting darker earlier in the evenings.
I thought long and hard about winter weddings and how they often get overlooked in favour of a sunny summers day. The reality for many couples is that the one consideration they have continually in the back of their mind is “what if it rains on my wedding day?” This is one of the most common questions I answer regularly. When facing this very same issue for my own wedding in December last year I had to take a piece of my own advice “this is the one thing that’s out of your control.” Really like that makes anyone feel better; let alone an anxious Bride. Many a day passes by where the weather is watched with great anticipation or decisions are made based on a long-range forecast. The fabulous thing about a wedding in winter is you remove this as something to worry about. Should you get a beautiful sunny winter day, what a bonus and a pleasantly unexpected surprise.
We hope to change a few perceptions about holding your wedding in winter; here are some ideas to excite you about being wed in the colder months:
Unique and spectacular photographs – some of the most amazing and memorable photographs I’ve seen have been on an overcast, murky grey day. Bright umbrellas, parasols or even a pair of gumboots are a perfect way to add personality to your pictures. Have a good back up plan for your photographs inside that’s not weather dependent, check out these options when you’re looking at your venue.
Off Peak Pricing – there are incentives available from some Wedding Suppliers or Venues to book your wedding in winter. This might be added benefits or discounted pricing. Be sure to evaluate the benefits, and how they can save you money in your budget.
Romantic Candlelit Ceremony – hold your ceremony at dusk, inside or outside if the weather permits. Line your aisle with candles in jars, vases or lanterns, utilise outdoor gas heaters and you’re guaranteed to have a ceremony that your guests will have as an unforgettable memory.
Why not Dress Up – what a perfect excuse to dress up, a winter wedding gives you the opportunity to glam up without worrying about overheating. Accessorise with gorgeous winter coats, a feathered shrug or dare to be different with a striking red velour jacket and head piece. You can still have your exquisite strappy gown, winter doesn’t have to mean a dress with sleeves. Plus it’s a definite bonus for the boys who usually struggle with the heat.
Intimate and chic styling – make the most of the early darkness and embellish with lighting and candles. Talk to La Lumiere about creating a magical room with an organza and fairy light ceiling piece. Candles can put out a lot of heat so go crazy with tealights, not only will they look fabulous but they will provide a bit of extra heating.Tall white branches and hanging bud vases with a single bloom are striking with some uplights. Mix a grand candelabra with some gorgeous winter booms and you’ve got a winning combination. Candles in glass jars, birdcages, lanterns and feathers are a few extra ideas you can play with. Select flowers that are readily available in winter Freesias, Chrysanthemums, Tulips and Berries are some of our favourites. Roses, Singapore Orchids, Phalaenopsis and carnations are available all year round.
Opulent and luxurious textures – adorn your tables with specialty linens, textured or coloured linens will change the dimension and impact of your reception.Be bold and brave with colours – winter doesn’t have to mean white and silver with snowflakes. Try working with Emerald Greens, Plums or Burnt Orange; add warmer tones to traditionally winter colours, navy blue and peach, charcoal grey and buttery yellow.
Seek some cozy shelter – make sure your guests are warm and comfortable for the cooler nights. Think braziers, gas heaters and blankets on the chairs.Alternative venues – holding your wedding in winter opens up opportunities for venues or locations you may not have previously considered. Destination weddings in Queenstown, the Chateau Tongariro or a luxury lodge with a magnificent fireplace are all options worth checking out.We hope you have found this helpful, whatever you decide to do and whenever you decide to have your wedding it will be perfect.Remember to BE Memorable, BE Passionate and BE true to yourself.
Written by Lisa Hill, Beautiful Events
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