So you’ve booked your dream venue for a beautiful winter date, you’re looking forward to transforming the space into a dreamy winter wonderland – but where do you start, how do you decide what theme to go for? Here are our favourite options!
Cosy & Rustic
This theme works really well at a venue with a stunning feature fireplace or natural wooden colours and tones. Wrap pillars, stair banisters and beams with vines – think ivy and berries! A really traditional feeling venue, like an old manor house, will feel incredibly romantic and cosy with the addition of candles; large pillar candles in hurricane vases, tea lights in glass jars, candelabras for centrepieces, the possibilities are endless. Not only do candles give a physical warmth, but the flickering of the flames can look truly magical. For even more sparkle, think about adding fairy lights too – they can be intertwined with the vines that you have wrapped around the beams and pillars, or hung outside to create a beautiful evening photograph opportunity.
All White and Glam
Now we all know about the idea of a white wedding – but that doesn’t have to mean snow! Besides, how often does it actually snow in winter these days!? But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a white wedding, which also looks amazingly glamorous. In a venue that has plenty of windows to be showcased, bring in some white draping to frame them – it’s surprising the difference some elegant draping can make! You could add some table runners on the tables; runners covered in white sequins would add a real chic touch. Then there’s the all important table centrepieces. If floral is your thing then why not opt for displays with white roses which can be interspersed with silver twigs and scatter crystals across the table. An interesting alternative to a floral centrepiece is to have trees, this is a very popular spring/summer trend when making use of a blossom tree. But why not mix it up? You could instead have them sprayed to look like they’re covered snow, and even add hanging bulbs with tealights to add some warmth and a golden glow.
Winter is so much more than just Christmas time, but if you have opted for that December wedding then it would be rude not to acknowledge the festive season is some way! If you’re a Christmas lover then why not fully embrace it for your big day? So many of us cherish that special cosy, homely family feel of Christmas day – with all of your family there gathered for the wedding, you’re already part way to recreating that feeling! The festive foliage gives you so many options – you can have wreaths of holly, ivy and berries or just subtle hints of these around the place. Add pinecones into your floral displays for even more depth and a real rustic feel. Don’t forget to also dot mistletoe around the venue, in door frames and above the bar, to help that festive romance bloom! Now when it comes to Christmas, you can never have too many fairy lights and candles. Make sure that you incorporate this into your big day with storm lanterns filled will pillar candles and jars filled with tealights. Wrap golden fairy lights around any pillars or banisters in your cosy venue to help complete that magical Christmas feeling!
If the venue that you have chosen still allows plenty of natural light into the space, even during winter, then a metallic colour scheme may be ideal. This would work best against quite a neutral back drop, so think white table clothes and drapes too. Rather than the traditional white chair cover, you could instead use gold chiavari chairs to seat your guests – not only are they something a little bit different, but they also add quite a glamorous touch! Why not also hire in gold studded charger plates to be presented on the tables of the wedding breakfast. A metallic theme can lead to so many options, but to create place names on a piece of marble with the guests name elegantly written in gold is a lovely keepsake. You could also then use a single deep red rose on each place setting as this will contrast beautifully.
The possibilities with a winter wedding are endless, so we would love to also see some ideas from your big day! firstname.lastname@example.org