Winter can be the perfect season to host your big day, and with the right attention to detail, you can create a warming, inviting winter wonderland for you and your guests.
Follow these top five tips from Jenny Ashton Smith, Wedding Coordinator at Cripps Barn’s newest venue, The Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey
- Light the way
Use a mix of lighting; candelabras and fairy lights add a warm glow to your ceremony room, carefully placed candles and t-lights can help create an intimate dining setting. Make the most of your outdoor space by using floor-standing lanterns to light surrounding pathways and grounds.
Remember to make sure your photographer is fully aware of the lighting set up to ensure you get the best results in your wedding shots.
- Fire up
Embrace the cold air and take up the opportunity to make use of a glowing, crackling log-burning fire. There’s nothing like the ambiance of a natural flame to create a beautiful romantic setting.
Outdoor fire pits can transform a cold, dark outdoor space into an inviting, cosy area for your guests to gather around. Toast marshmallows and s’mores or even light sparklers.
- Cosy colours
Go bold with berry, burgundy, plum and gold, or more autumnal tones with woodland inspired rich reds, sunset orange and forest green for centerpieces. Spray pine cones, holly berries or gardenias with shimmer sprays to add a tasteful touch of glamour.
- Retro furs
A faux fur shawl could be considered a wedding accessory of the past, but this retro look is making a comeback. It’s an elegant addition to a plain bridal dress that will keep you warm too.
Faux fur is also a beautiful statement interior piece for a winter wedding. Add a throw to any communal seating to add a ‘Scandi’ look and feel.
- Winter tipples
Think hot apple, cinnamon and clove spices and sweet bourbons as your welcome cocktail. You could even work with cocktail connoisseurs to devise your own signature ‘bride and groom’ cocktail.