If you’ve always thought of the summer as the time to get married, think again. There are many advantages to a winter wedding and of course there’s always the outside chance it will be made particularly memorable by snow!
Families get together at Christmas anyway, so why not make the most of it and enlarge the celebration to include a wedding? You can be sure it will be a Christmas you’ll never forget and we’ll bet a winter wedding will linger in people’s memories longer than a summer one purely because it’s relatively unusual.
Think less floaty lace, silk and chiffon and more velvet, fur trimmings, log fires and candles. Instead of having champagne you could have mulled wine to warm your guests up while the photographs are being taken. Make the most of the Christmas decorations put up in hotels – perhaps even theme your wedding along the same lines.
Red and rustic
Mama Cakes is delighted to be producing an entire dessert table based on Alice in Wonderland for one winter wedding, coming up this December. We’re also supplying cakes for a wedding which is having a rustic winter theme, with a cake stand created from logs and a colour palette of reds and golds. Consider using far bolder colours for a winter wedding than you might for a summer one: purple and gold could lend a regal feel whereas green, red and gold reflect the colours of Christmas. If you want to use traditional white then set it off against a bold contrasting colour and use soft, rich, warm fabrics. And rather than flowers, how about using holly, fir cones and red berries?
The practicalities (including finances)
There are several good reasons for considering a winter wedding. The main summer wedding season can mean trying to plan and book up to two years in advance. For winter weddings generally not so much notice is required and suppliers are more likely to have slots available. It can also be cheaper as hotels want to fill space which might otherwise not get used outside the main festive period.
And if you want a chocolate wedding cake, there’s no risk of the chocolate icing melting in the heat – unless it’s the heat of the log fire!