There are so many reasons to marry during winter. The beauty of the season alone is enough to inspire the most magical ceremonies and romantic receptions, but creating your very own winter wonderland shouldn’t be dependent on a sprinkling of snow.
Using your wedding décor, food and drink, outfits, theme and colour scheme to unlock all that the stunning season has to offer is the key to a memorable, magical winter wedding day. So, without further ado, here are our five steps to winter wedding bliss.
1. Select a venue that’s magical day and night
During winter the days are short and the nights are long, which means your chosen wedding venue has to be just as beautiful by night as it is by day.
With its characterful spaces – including a charming cellar disco – and elegant, historic reception rooms, Leez delivers on all fronts. By day, you can make yourself at home indoors and out with breathtaking woodland, parkland, lakes and a brook to explore.
By night, the intimate feel of our Tudor manor ensures a wonderful atmosphere whether you’re going for a full-on festive theme or a rustic après-ski vibe.
2. Get your colour scheme just right
There are tons of beautiful, winter-inspired colour schemes to explore, each of which promises its own version of a winter wonderland.
Couples looking for a more modern take on winter wedding décor, could go for a clean matte black and white scheme. To avoid things looking too stark and cool, incorporate some blush tones to warm your winter wonderland décor and your guests’ hearts!
For those wanting to take the season more literally, you can’t beat a jewel-toned colour scheme. Emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple and even citrine yellow are all festive favourites that’ll add decadence and warmth to your winter wedding.
Take inspiration from Charlotte and Lewis’ real-life wedding and receive a masterclass in using jewel tones.
3. Light up your winter wedding scene
Lighting is an important consideration for every marrying couple, especially during the winter months. Celebrant Phillipa Cook details how good lighting can make your special day:
“Good lighting sets the mood of your winter wedding and is right up there with flowers, food and atmosphere when it comes to all things that can help set a romantic mood. Your ceremony will be the most gorgeous one you can imagine if you light it up well. One of the most popular wedding lighting options is twinkle string lights (sometimes called fairy lights or plain string lights). Couples love this look for its whimsical, fairy tale vibes.”
Along with fairy lights, candlelight can be used to create the romantic, beautiful vibe that’s synonymous with winter weddings.
4. Add a few cosy touches for your guests
Plummeting temperatures and harsher weather conditions may be the two main drawbacks of hosting a winter wedding celebration. But for those serious about enjoying the beauty and magic of the season, these hurdles are simply challenging to overcome.
They’re also the perfect excuse to throw in a few cosy extras to keep you and your guests warm and enhance the intimacy of your winter wedding day.
Thick, touchably soft blankets in your wedding colours, hot chocolate stations, snugs and cosy seating options, and real log fires are just some of the cosy touches your wedding guests will love.
5. Guarantee snow and sparkle on your wedding day
Snow is one winter wonderland feature that just can’t be planned for. But you don’t have to depend on the extremely unpredictable great British weather to deliver your snowy scene.
Faux snow, lit white trees, crystal garlands, white feathers, iced centrepieces, and frosted decorations can all be added to your wedding venue to create a snowy fairy tale like no other as well as a scene that shines and sparkles most magically.
Discover a wedding venue ready to be transformed into your very own winter wonderland at Leez Priory. Book a viewing or request a virtual tour of our stunning venue here.