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7 steps to the Winter Wedding of your Dreams

Winter is on its way, and if you’re looking to plan your dream wedding, then this wonderfully romantic time of year is the perfect opportunity to really make the most of your special day. With earthy, rich colour palettes, early sunsets, candlelight and glorious sparkle, winter is truly a beautiful season for your wedding. It even opens up the possibility of sprinkling some festive, Christmas cheer into the mix to really make the day one to remember.

Some people may shy away from the idea of a winter wedding due to the chills and possibility of not-so-great weather. But winter is a truly magical time of year, and there is so much that can be done with this season to put on a spectacular occasion. Here are seven steps to making your wedding a true winter wonderland.

Keep Nice and Warm

Whilst winter is a fantastic wedding season, the chill is inevitable. You’ll want to keep your guests as warm as possible so they’re comfortable and can really enjoy themselves as they watch you and your partner tie the knot. Whilst your wedding and reception will no doubt be indoors, create some warm space outside for anyone who needs a breath of fresh air with fire pits and cosy blankets.

Serving warm drinks at either the reception or on arrival is also a great way to keep spirits aglow. Good options include mulled wine and coffee liqueur for the adults, and festive hot chocolate for the children.

Wonderful Winter Dress

Winter Wedding of Your Dreams

The bride’s dress is one of the key staples of a wedding. Winter brings with it the chance to really embrace a certain beautiful style that is perfectly suited to this time of year. Floor length gowns with sleeves are certainly a great choice to not only beat the chills, but to really give a classy and elegant look. Go bold with sheer lace that gives a frost-like appearance to really capture the essence of winter. If you’re a fan of being non-conventional, feathered wedding dresses are in complete harmony with the colder months.

For the gentleman, tweed suits are wonderfully chic in winter. A velvet blazer would also be an excellent choice, it’s a thick fabric that will keep him warm whilst also looking incredible. As for the bridesmaids, they will look amazing in full-length gowns in rich, winter colours such as dark red, gold, silver or green. Don’t forget all the appropriate winter accessories such as cover-ups and shawls.

Lighting up a Room

Winter is known to be a dark season, but that isn’t a bad thing. Whilst you may have to make sure you schedule certain events for earlier in the day to play to the available natural light, the growing darkness allows for some wonderful lighting opportunities.

Candlelight is the epitome of romance. Let your wedding glow in candlelight and decorate your venue with sparkling fairy lights. They are both wonderfully seasonal and an effective way to really bring a room to life with their warm tones and romantic twinkling effect.

Add Some Seasonal Sparkle

Whilst some people would be averse to the idea of glittery décor or dress at their wedding, winter is the perfect season to embrace everything sparkly. Don’t be afraid to add some glitz to your winter wedding. Whether it’s a sparkly brooch on the dress, glittery chair sashes or sprinkling the tables with gems to look like ice, a touch of frosty sparkle will really make the day magical. You could even incorporate some sparklers for your guests to have outside.

Winter-inspired Décor

A winter wedding gives you the chance to really get creative with your decorations. You can stick with a Christmas theme and hang mistletoe around the venue for some romantic encounters. Instead of traditional flowers, why not have decorative wreathes? Nature in winter can also be a source of inspiration. Incorporate some tree stumps, twigs and logs into the décor to give a stunning rustic feel to the venue. Table decorations such as pinecones and holly berries can also really tie together the winter theme.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Food is an important element of any wedding. Take advantage of all the wonderful cuisine winter provides. Hearty dishes, such as warming soup starters and baked camembert, are the perfect winter treat for your guests. Serve some delicious hot canapes at the bar, such as mini jacket potatoes, breaded prawns and goats cheese tarts to keep everyone warm and full.

Sweet treats can also be given a winter twist. Consider hot desserts such as chocolate lava cake or sticky toffee pudding. For a Christmas flair, a pot of candy canes and gingerbread men will make adorable additions to the bar or the tables.

Arrive to Your Big Day in Style

You may think that winter would limit your options for transportation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Hardtop chauffeur cars make attractive additions to any wedding photos, and with a professional behind the wheel, committed to getting you to the venue on time, you won’t have to worry about the weather causing any problems to your arrival.

The arrival to your wedding is a big moment for you and your partner, do it in style from the back seat of a luxury vehicle being driven to the venue in time for that all-important grand entrance.

If opting for a bow on your wedding car, remember to match the colours to your elegant winter colour palette. You could even mix it up with some winter flowers or a wreath attached to the front of your luxury vehicle to truly get the day off to a magical, wintery start.

Smart City Weddings provide high-quality wedding car chauffeur services. We make sure you feel like a VIP from the beginning to the very end of your big day – come rain or shine, winter or summer.

 

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Charlie & Stu’s Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

I have been planning on doing a real wedding series for a while now, so I thought there was no better way to start than with my best friends wedding.

Charlie and Stu had been together for 5 years, when they got engaged on 1st July 2010. It was something lots of us thought would never happen, including Charlie. They had already been living together for 4 years and had just had their second son. Having almost a 2 year engagement before the big day in May 2012. Charlie decided to book the wedding on Stu’s birthday so he would not be able to forget their anniversaries in the future!

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The Venue

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Having chosen Barnsdale Hall Hotel, a beautiful location right on the edge of Rutland water. They opted for a civil ceremony that took place in the Edith Weston Suite, within the grounds of the Hall. With the beautiful sounds of a violin and a flute, playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D, as Charlie walked down the aisle. Accompanied by her Dad, Maid of honour (which just so happened to be me) and Mia, her 6 year old flower girl.

 

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Wedding Dress

Charlie wore a stunning fit and flare lace gown by designer Maggie Sottero. The gown was lined with a champagne coloured taffeta and had a beautiful ivory lace overlay, with a long tulle train. Along with ivory shoes and a crystal hair brooch that sat along side her vintage style up do. Make-up was completed by a lovely local make up artist, who also completed make up for Charlie’s Mum and me.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Bridal Party

Charlie’s bridal party was made up of her maid of honour and a flower girl. I wore a stunning cornflower blue full length dress. I carried a posey of peach Vendela roses with ivory flowers that were hand tied with beautiful lace. Mia her 6 year old flower girl wore a Next ‘Occassion’ dress with floating petals layered into the dress. Mia carried a mini posey of blue hydrangeas and peach roses that matched Charlie’s.

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The Grooms Party

Stu opted for 2 best men, Matt and Richard, they had all been best friends since childhood. Stu’s Brothers were both Ushers for the day, along with Stu and Charlie’s Dads completing the grooms party. They wore matching black morning suits with cornflower blue cravats and ivory waist coats, their button-holes were made of ivory roses.

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The Colour Scheme

Charlie and Stu opted for a cornflower blue and ivory theme, with a vintage feel. Setting the tone of the wedding with an ivory and blue invitation. The flowers were blue hydrangeas and ivory and peach Vendela roses. Along with candelabras as the table centres with blue and clear crystals scattered on the tables. Each of the tables were named after different types of roses. The top table being Vendela which was the rose used in the bouquets and button holes. The name place cards were hand written by Charlie, they all had little blue roses on them, tying to the colour scheme. The children were kept entertained with personalised activity packs.

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The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding breakfast was a 3 course sit down meal consisting of smoked salmon and prawns, Charlie’s favourite starter. Followed by a main course of roast beef and all the trimmings and a delicious cheesecake for pudding, Stu’s favourite. Guest sat at round tables of 8 people with a traditional top table, of parents, maid of honour, best men and of course the bride and groom.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The beautiful wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers, each tier being a different flavour. One fruit, one chocolate and one lemon. It was covered in ivory icing, topped with roses and trailing cornflower blue petals. The style of the cake complimented the look of the wedding and tasted delicious, it was even served at a BBQ the following day.

As it was Stu’s birthday he was given a transformers birthday cake during the speeches and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Charlie and Stu finished off the lovely speeches giving out gifts. The groomsmen where all given transformers cufflinks. While the mothers were given beautiful floral bouquets. I was given a lovely rose pandora charm for my bracelet while Mia was given a charm for her nominations bracelet.

The Evening Do

Their evening guests where welcomed with a yummy hog roast, that was cooked all day outside, along with drinks and a great disco. To keep the children entertained throughout the day and into the evening there was a bouncy castle, which was a brilliant idea. It kept the children busy and allowed the parents to sit around it on the outside tables and enjoy the day.

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The Honeymoon

Charlie and Stu spent a week in Sorento in Italy. Opting for a stay in a luxury hotel for a child free week, while their children stayed at home with the Grandparents. They are hoping to return for their 10th wedding anniversary.

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