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Winter weddings, dos and don’ts

Posted: Wednesday September 14, 2016

Summer is drawing to an end which can only mean one thing - ‘tis (nearly) the season for winter weddings. We love a winter wedding at Braxted Park, there is something truly magical about crisp mornings, and sparkly evenings, spent with the ones you love.

There are, however, some important considerations to make for the perfect winter wedding...

Do...

...think about timings
Winter days become dark chilly evenings quite quickly. To make the most of the shorter daylight hours, opt for an earlier wedding ceremony so you have plenty of time to capture all of those dreamy ‘just married’ photographs before night draws in.

…dress appropriately
If you’re shivering through your wedding, it may spoil the feel of the day. Have a faux fur shrug, shawl, or cardigan to hand, to shield you from the cold, but keep you looking fabulous. Similarly, think functional when it comes to footwear - six inch stilettos will not get you far in snow or ice. The same rules apply to your bridesmaids as well.

...expect delays
Winter weddings can be unpredictable, so be prepared for the schedule to change at short notice. Guests, suppliers, and even the wedding car may be held back in cases of severe weather, but don’t let that put you off - winter is an extraordinary time to get married, you just need to have a few backup plans in place so you don’t get caught off guard.

...create ambiance
Low lighting, plenty of candles, fairy lights, soft textured furnishings and detailing will create an inviting and cosy atmosphere for a romantic wedding venue out of the cold.

Don’t...

...be afraid to break tradition
Many couples feel obliged to stick to a colour palette of icy whites and blues, or Christmassy reds and greens for their winter wedding. But, there’s no hard and fast rule. Why not opt for bold, bright, cheery colours to create a warm atmosphere for your guests, away from the cold outdoors?

...leave guests standing out in the cold
Yes, it is traditional for the bride to be fashionably late to her wedding, but make sure guests have somewhere to hideaway and keep cosy. If they need to be outside for long periods of time, for photos perhaps, consider providing them with cute hand warmers, blanket wraps, and gloves.

...forget insurance
Wedding insurance is a must-have for any time of year, but particularly in winter, when the weather can be severely unpredictable. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, especially if your suppliers have a long distance to travel to your venue.

...worry
Winter is a wonderful time of year, whatever the weather. Your suppliers and guests will all be prepared for what the day brings. Most importantly, the day is about the two of you coming together in marriage, and everyone will remember it for just that. Spend the night before the wedding being pampered with friends, get a good amount of sleep, and wake up ready for the best day of your life.

For visual inspiration, visit our Pinterest board: https://uk.pinterest.com/braxtedwedding/winter-weddings/


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