Winter weddings can be the most magical kind. Because fewer people opt to marry in winter though, the advice as to how to go about them can often prove somewhat thin – at least when asking friends and relatives who might never have even attended a winter wedding or even much care for the idea. Then, and to silence the naysayers, here are 5 extra special touches to transform a winter wedding from an ordinary one into an extraordinary one and guarantee you a warm rather than frosty reception on your big day.
- Luxury facilities
Bathroom facilities might not be a very romantic matter, but hire them via a luxury company such as Event Washrooms and not only can you challenge this reality, you will also get to furnish your wedding day with fully equipped and spacious portable restrooms. Not only does this save on hours spent trying to think up ways to decorate the average portaloo (or just disguise the dreaded things), it will also save you and your guests from having to use the dreaded things too.
After all, and suffice to say, even at an outdoor or marquee wedding where guests might expect and even enjoy the idea of things being a little more rustic, when it comes to wc facilities a big day is definitely an event where room to re-do make up and fix hair will definitely be appreciated.
At the very least, no bride wants to have to face trying to fit her princess dress into a portaloo on her wedding day. Fortunately, when opting for luxury washroom facilities, no bride has to.
- Light Up Letting
Welcome guests to a winter themed wedding with light up lettering, make a feature of the bar, highlight where the favour, cake and wedding book tables or areas are or use it to spell out your initials or sentiments of love and create a centre piece before rather than on the head table. The possibilities for what to do with light up lettering are about as limitless as your imagination, especially when opting to hire your from the likes of Light It Up UK, who also offer light up hashtags, hearts big enough to marry beneath, musical notes and treble clefs.
- Hire a Live Christmas Tree
One of the most festive, impressive and easy to theme or colour coordinate centrepieces or features at a winter wedding is a Christmas tree.
For an extra special touch, rather than making do with a plastic tree or forking out for the real thing and having no use or place for it after your big day, instead hire a real one via a tree hire company such as In Leaf who also hire out fully pre-decked out trees to save you the hassle, and cost of buying baubles in your chosen wedding colours.
Further, give baubles as favours and hang them from the tree for guests to pick. A fun way for your guests to select their wedding favours, this approach also draws extra attention to a Christmas or winter themed tree centrepiece. Alternatively, wrap favours like little Christmas presents and place them beneath the tree to add a little extra Christmas magic.
- Baskets of Winter Warmers
Scarves, hand warmers, gloves, blankets and even bobble hats make wonderfully winter themed and useful additions (as well as fun ones) to a winter wedding.
Simply and literally place rustic wicker style or woven baskets near the doors for guests who are popping outside for a touch of fresh air (or crafty cigarette) or in the case of hand warmers intended as wedding favours for guests to take on their way in from the cold.
- Winter Wedding Flowers
Planning summer wedding bouquets, centrepieces and corsages (a.k.a ‘button holes’) rarely involves themed flowers, after all summer is the season in which most flowers bloom.
Whilst florists can today provide all types of flowers and do so year round, a winter wedding (being less opted for than a summer one) provides the perfect opportunity to do something a little different – from adding pinecones into the mix, using sprays of gyp or angel’s breath to replicate mists of snow and even adding bright red winter berries and deep earthy green mosses.
For more ideas about how to theme winter wedding flowers, create stunning floral centre pieces and perfect your button holes, visit the Martha Stewart Wedding website.