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posted on 15th Jul 2013

We all know that not everyone fancies a ‘summer soir√©e’, so here is our advice on how to plan a wonderful wedding in the winter at Leez Priory.

With over a third of all weddings currently taking place in the summer, we want to prove to all Bride and Grooms that winter celebrations can be just as wonderful and romantic as summer weddings.  Walking in a winter wonderland, surrounded by sparkling fresh white snow is surely the epitome of winter romance. Snuggle up with your new hubby, or even have a snowball fight together to get your heart racing and keep you warm!

Snow might seem like more of a hindrance than a blessing, but with a little bit of forward planning it will provide gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photographs.

When it comes to picking your gown, look for heavier fabrics with more coverage for your chest and shoulders. I cannot think of anything more glamorous, than to team your wedding gown with a full length coat with a train to match or a faux fur jacket or shrug. Do not forget to invest in a pair of ankle boots or wellies to make walking in the snow and ice much easier!

A top tip: Because it gets dark from around 4pm in the winter, you will need to plan your ceremony time carefully.

Getting married closer to Christmas means that Leez Priory’s gorgeous Christmas decorations will be in place all around the venue; which enables you to adapt your wedding theme accordingly.

Think big Christmas trees decorated with fairy lights and baubles, mistletoe hanging and winter bloomers such as roses in red and white filling the venue. Just throw in our beautiful candle packages and you will achieve the perfect festive atmosphere!

Here are our top tips for beating the cold!

1. Accessorise your outfit with a faux fur wrap, angora cardigan, jacket or even a full-length coat.

2. If your shoulders are already covered but you want to keep your arms and hands warm, why not get yourself some full-length gloves or a fur muff?

3. All winter weddings need a roaring log fire to warm everyone up! With our beautiful fireplaces in the bar and Light Oak Room, you and your guests will keep toasty all day and night!

4. If it is going to be wet or snowy, keep your toes warm and cosy inside a pair of bridal welly boots worn with long, over the-knee socks.

5. After the ceremony warm up again by serving your guests mulled wine and winter Pimms!

6. Make your wedding breakfast hearty and filling by choosing winter warmers such as soup, beef with Yorkshire puds and sticky toffee pudding.

7. Finally, serve hot drinks in the evening such as hot chocolates and flavoured liqueur coffees!

Jessica at Leez Priory

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