Oct 20th 2014

Christmas Wedding Tips

 Christmas Wedding Tips

Whilst some brides dream of a wedding bathed in sunshine, many couples would rather celebrate their nuptials at Christmas.  Take a look at some of my Christmas Wedding Tips to help you if you are planning a wintry wedding….

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The most difficult thing to deal with in planning a winter wedding will be the unpredictability of the weather. Rain – not ideal but at least you can make provision by providing your guests with bespoke wedding umbrellas in beautiful hues to match your colour scheme.  No, it’s snow and ice that cause problems, so be prepared.  Don’t kid yourself that you’ll get lucky and have an unseasonably warm or dry big day, think ahead.  Transport often grinds to a halt in wintry weather conditions. You should choose a wedding venue that has excellent links and is close to major roads.  If your dream is to tie the knot in a rambling old country house, ensure that you have the means to ferry your guests to you.  Ask if friends with four-wheel drive vehicles would be willing to help out if the need arose!

Dressed for the Occasion

When booking your winter wedding venue, I would recommend asking about the venue’s Christmas decorations.  When do they put them up, are they contemporary or traditional and do they keep the same theme every year?  Obviously, it’s a real bonus for a venue to be ready decorated.  However, you will need to know these things in order for you to be able to choose your table linens and flowers in complementary colours.

I should also add a word of warning when it comes to flowers.  Many of the European flower markets close over the festive period, so if you are having a Christmas wedding, make sure that your florist has the blooms that you require.  To avoid this problem, choose to go for something a little different on these occasions.  Opt for bouquets made of shimmering vintage baubles or quaint rustic hand-tied evergreen posies, which not only look gorgeous but smell delightful too!

Baubles can also be used as place settings by hand painting your guests names on them.  Another lovely idea is to create individual Christmas crackers.  These can then be used as both place settings and wedding favours, as guests pull them to reveal bespoke gifts. Other favours worth considering are mini snow globes or tiny sprigs of mistletoe, tied with ribbon. If your venue ceiling is high, choose tall cylindrical  floral centre-pieces for your tables.  They will look stunning and will draw the eye upwards as your guests enter the room, adding a sense of proportion.  Additionally, everyone will be able to see their fellow diners and the conversation should flow.  Just make sure they are well secured! And don’t forget some candle light to compliment any crystal or cut glass tableware.

Turkey Dinner?

What lost of Christmas Wedding Tips doesn’t talk ‘Turkey’! With a wedding near to Christmas you if course have the option of serving  your nearest and dearest the traditional roast turkey dinner and all the trimmings.  This may be advantageous to the chef at this time of year, but if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to go for the obvious – mix things up a little. However, don’t forget, seasonal food is always going to be more budget friendly.  If you do go traditional, maybe opt for a show stopping dessert, such as individual baked Alaska rather than the usual plum pudding.

Related Content: The Best Winter Wedding Venues in the North West

Winter Warmers

For drinks, offer your guests a selection of warming beverages.  Cinnamon vodkas or flavoured brandies are great winter warmers. Think mulled cider and German Glühwein to take away a chill.  For non-drinkers, create a hot chocolate station, with a selection of delicious toppings including chocolate curls, marshmallow, vanilla sugar and of course thick whipped cream.  It’s guaranteed to be a big hit with the younger and oldest members of the party!

Take to the Stage

Entertainment at this time of year can be booked up well in advance, so get organised!  I think a brass band playing Christmas carols is the perfect accompaniment to a drinks reception after the ceremony.  The rich sound brings a real warmth to a room and there are now plenty of bands who will play up-to-date tunes that will really surprise your guests.  Later in the evening, when everyone is ready to party, a great covers band is perfect as they will be able to perform Christmas classics in addition to their usual numbers, making the event really special. TLC work with a number of incredible bands with repertoires that, quite frankly, amaze me sometimes! 

Well, I hope our Christmas Wedding Tips have steered you in the right direction?  Still need help…call me!

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