Ever considered getting married in winter? Here are 5 reasons which will make you want to wave goodbye to summer and opt for a winter wedding.
Sipping champagne in celebration on a warm late spring day is a lovely image, but pause for a minute, have you ever considered getting married in winter? Spring and summer are the classic wedding seasons so it’s natural to assume this will be the same for your special day. Yet, selecting to get wed in winter can be beneficial for the budget and offers some wonderfully wintry ideas to consider. Take a look at these 5 winter wedding ideas to inspire your winter wedding.
1. It’s easier to find a date
You want to keep the thrill of the engagement going and get married sooner rather than later? And you want your favourite location too? Impossible you may think, but maybe not. It’s much easier to find a free date in a beautiful location in the winter months. Venues can be booked up years in advance but take a quick look at some dates in winter, especially between October and March, and you might just be in luck.
2. Cheaper venue
Not only can you book your perfect setting and begin married life earlier but you’ll find it comes with a cheaper price tag. For example, at Leeds Castle in Kent you can save around £45.00 per person for a wedding package if you book off-peak.
3. Different decorations
You can go crazy with silver and sparkles. Honestly! Plus, because its winter, you can even throw in a touch of glitter. If shimmer isn’t your thing at any time of year then seasonal berries, evergreens, pine cones and even feathers are great options.
If you want to embrace the winter theme fully and create a winter wonderland then fill your venue with silver trees, up-lit with blue or white lights for true theatre. Create texture and interest with sumptuous furs (fake goes down better with guests), well placed mirrors and white twigs. If a December wedding is planned then having a Christmas tree is a beautiful addition. The style and choice of decorations for the tree can help in personalising your wedding too.
4. No wandering guests
The best part of an out of season wedding is you don’t lose your guests to the pull of the outdoors. They’re trapped! You've made so much effort with the seating plan, entertainment and décor only to find your guests have abandoned your venue for some of the beautiful, balmy evening air. Not in winter. Your venue will be fully utilized and when the music starts pumping, your guests won’t be able to help but tap their feet. Soon they’ll be in full swing and complimenting you on a fabulously unforgettable day.
5. Exotic Honeymoon
If you are planning to go on your honeymoon soon after the winter celebrations then this is great news. During the months of April to November (specifically June to October) places such as the Caribbean are humid and rainy (bad for the Barnet) and have a high risk of hurricanes so visiting during the UK winter is perfect.
As newlyweds you can dive in the stunning waters of Belize or explore the wildlife in Costa Rica; experiencing the warmth of New Zealand’s summer is another magnificent winter jewel. Its two islands have stunning scenery at every turn and countless activities whether you want to bungee jump in Queenstown, dolphin spot in Kaikoura or just relax on a beach on the Coromandel Peninsular; the UK winter months are also the best time to visit Cape Town with its beautiful sunny days and a cool sea breeze for relief it makes a picture-perfect backdrop for romance.
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