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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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A Grand Wedding at The Grand, York

With so many options available, choosing a wedding venue can seem like a daunting task. It’s probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your big day so it’s worth doing some research and thinking about what you want from a venue.

Finding your dream wedding venue doesn’t mean you have to stay within a 10 miles radius of your home, stretch your wings as there are so many wonderful locations waiting for you and your guests!

Located in the beautiful city of York, we have The Grand Hotel, Yorkshire’s only 5 start hotel that takes pride in going above and beyond on your special day.

Wedding at the grand york

Even though I live a couple of hours away from York, if I had an invite to a wedding at the Grand Hotel I would be over the moon and booking to stay there straight away.

Your Wedding at the Grand York

The Grand Hotel really is grand. It has that luxurious feel from the moment you step through the large wooden doors. Home to a whiskey lounge, the exclusive white rose lounge, the terrace and the luxury spa. Which have a fantastic range of treatments to help get you wedding ready.

The Grand, York offers four different Wedding packages, Grandeur, Splendour, Opulence and Ultimate in Luxury.

The Grand, York really do offer that grand day that so many happy couples are looking for, and something that sits within most budgets.

The Spa at Rhe Grand, York

The Grand, York is not just the perfect place for your wedding, it is also the perfect place to get wedding ready. The in-house Spa has some fabulous bridal and groom packages to choose from.

The ultimate bridal package is designed to help you get a restful night’s sleep, to help to get rid of those pre-wedding day nerves. The package includes, ESPA facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, full use of spa facilities, eyelash tint, eyebrow shape and a spa manicure. Everything you could want to be wedding ready.

The Groom the Groom package is designed to help the Groom feeling at their best. The package includes one hour exfoliating ESPA facial, full use of spa facilities, deep cleansing back exfoliation, back, neck and shoulder massage and a hand scrub with nail trim and tidy. The perfect collection of groom items.

Wedding printables

When you have found your perfect venue, it fits within you budgets or it’s so perfect you make it fit, you then start to look at all the other things you need to arrange for you wedding. Your dress, suits, photographer, flowers, invitations, the list goes on. The cost of each of these items adds up and finding a way to have the perfect venue but keeping the other costs down is really important.

The Grand Hotel in York have just released their very own range of free downloadable invitations. Not only are they really chic and beautiful they all free to download, you can print them off at home and send them out to your guests cutting down a lot of the cost of invitations. Such a brilliant idea from this fabulous venue.

The Grand Hotel York really is a fabulous location for your wedding, from the first time you step through those large wooden doors to walking out the day after your wedding. The Grand Hotel is there to help you every step of the way.

 

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Historic British cities to get married in

Britain has a rich and incredible history, from Viking invasions to the intense Industrial Revolution. Explore cities to villages and you’ll be sure to find something that’ll amaze and excite you.

It seems only fitting that a day that represents your first step to your new future, your wedding day, should be celebrated amongst interesting history. From Edinburgh to London, we look at some of Britain’s top historic locations to hold your special day.

Historic British cities to get married in

Historic British Cities to Get Married In

Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the UK’s original cities, with evidence of settlements during the bronze and iron ages, it was a Roman town until the 5th Century AD when the Roman Empire declined. After the Romans, the Danes founded the modern city of Cambridge in 875, which was later captured by the Saxons in the 10th Century. The Danes went on to burn the city down in 1010 and this wouldn’t be the last time Cambridge was to be ravaged by fire.

Once the area was rebuilt, Cambridge became a central point for trade due to it’s location on the River Cam. There were a few internal strifes between the townspeople and the University, founded in 1209, but overall the settlement thrived into the city we know today.

There are over 1,500 listed buildings in Cambridge, the oldest of which dates back to the 11th Century. With a host of historic buildings to choose from, it’s no wonder the city of Cambridge is a popular area to marry in.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an interesting history of going from strength to strength. Evidence of Romans can be found in the area, although it seems they could never truly break the city and by 211 AD had left Edinburgh entirely. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods Edinburgh survived several scuffles with the English and began to expand rapidly. Taking the title of Capital of Scotland by the end of the 1500s. Georgian Edinburgh saw an explosion of construction and is considered the greatest contribution to the modern city. Much of the surviving architecture is revered as being some of the best across the globe.

Over 4,500 listed buildings are scattered across the city and surrounding area from St Margaret’s chapel, constructed during the 12th Century and Edinburgh’s oldest building. To the striking Edinburgh Castle, considered one of the most besieged places in the United Kingdom.

Nottingham

Although not likely to jump to minds when thinking of “Historic Britain” Nottingham was an important town in history due to its location on the River Trent. For a little while after the Norman Conquest, the city was split into a French Borough and an English Borough, but the areas were united in the 1300s. The city is most recognised for its ties to legendary Robin Hood, who is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest. However, more notable, Nottingham is recorded as one of the most beautiful cities in history, with many travel writers or famous authors commenting on the city’s pleasantness.

There are plenty of historic buildings to choose from across the city or alternatively choose a Nottingham city centre hotel that lies in the shadow of the striking Nottingham Castle.

York

Although humans existed in the York area since the Neolithic Period (4000 – 2000 BC) little is known of settlements until 5,000 Romans set up camp in the area in AD 71. After the Romans left in 407 AD, little went on in York until the 8th and 9th centuries when the town slowly started to grow. When the Vikings conquered Northern England, York was made the Viking Capital and the population exploded. Like much of England, there was religious strife during the Middle Ages to the 16th and 17th centuries but York prevailed and held its own as a Market Town, growing into the modern-day City of York.

There are a plethora of classic buildings in York to experience from the spectacular York Cathedral to the 2,000-year-old city walls. It’s not difficult to see why York is a popular wedding destination and has even been host to a Royal Wedding in 1961.

Celebrate your future by holding your special day in a city steeped in history, surrounded by exciting architecture. Not only will it stand out in the minds of your guests, but it’ll certainly add to your wedding photos!

 

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