Roaring log fires, Christmas trees and (if you’re lucky) a blanket of snow on your way to the altar. Who wouldn’t want a winter wedding?
If you’ve chosen a winter wedding for your big day, here are our favourite ideas to turn your nuptials into the perfect wonderland setting.
1. Add a jumper to your wedding outfit, à la Olivia Palermo.
Because a wedding dress doesn’t have to be a dress anymore… Olivia raised a few eyebrows back in June when she tweeted these adorable pics of her wedding get-up: a magical three-piece ensemble by Carolina Herrera.
For her wedding to model/hunk Johannes Huebl, Olivia teamed a cream jumper with white shorts and a full tulle skirt overlay. For footwear (and her something blue) she chose her faithful deep blue Manolo Blahniks. Who says bridalwear can’t be daywear? OP, we salute you.
2. Hand blankets out to your guests for the evening
Practical outfits for a winter wedding are few and far between, so cosy blankets will be a God-send to your guests after a couple of hours freezing their way through the ceremony. Pick throws in your scheme colours and bunch them into a crate for a rustic, welcoming look at the reception.
They can also come in handy for the photos if the weather takes a turn for the worse…
3. Choose ice queen make-up.
Pearly shades and a natural base make your skin gleam and looks stunning against a white dress. Ask your make-up artist to use silver liner in the corner of your eye and pearly shades on your lips and nails. Keep the rest of your make-up neutral.
4. Add snow to your dress.
You can’t guarantee the white stuff on your big day, but you can add some to your dress…
This creation by Zuhair Murad’s fall-winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture fashion colllection in Paris treads the line between princess and ice queen perfectly. The blackest-of-black eye make-up and minimal jewelry (only your engagement ring required) sets off the theme in dramatic style.
5. Give your guests hot chocolate or mulled wine instead of champagne when they get to the reception.
When you’ve just spent hours waiting in the cold, who wants a glass of bubbly to make you even colder? Rich hot chocolate or mulled wine in clear glasses adds an unusual touch, makes it easier for your guests during the wedding photos and lines your stomach, too.
6. Embrace the weather…
A winter wedding means few guarantees from Mother Nature but if the worst does happen, just go with it like Sheffield couple Richard and Katy did when the heavens opened during their ceremony.
Photographer Jon Dennis said: ‘I’m not really sure I have the words to correctly describe Katy and Richard’s wedding.
‘What started as a seemingly normal and lovely wedding, quickly turned into a wedding disaster, and then turned into probably one of the most special and memorable days I’ll ever be part of.
‘Maybe next time when you think a wedding nightmare is the flowers being the wrong colour, or the weather being “too hot”, or hair being not quite so perfect, remember these two and how they embraced a real wedding disaster. People make a wedding, not the weather, the flowers, the photos, the food. The people.’
Christmas is a magical time of year, so what better time to tie the knot? Christmas weddings are the perfect chance to show off your personality and show your guests the time of their lives (helped along by some festive cheer, of course).
Here are our favourite Christmas wedding ideas to help turn your nuptials into a day that no one will ever forget.
1. Go Christmas boho with a winter floral crown
We can’t get enough of this one from BeadsBroochesBridal on Etsy – it’s just too pretty! Not only do the red, white and silver look perfect together, but they’ll also work against most Christmas colour schemes.
2. Spread Christmas cheer in every corner
A good table decoration is all in the details and, when your big day takes place during the most decoration-friendly time of the year, what’s the point in holding back?
Give your guests something to talk about during those awkward few minutes at at the tables. Ginger Ray have some super-cute tiny Christmas hats to stick on glasses and champagne flutes, and their straws with flags are pretty perfect, too.
3. Take your style cue from a certain Mrs Claus
None other than Victoria Beckham wore a short cream shift with faux fur detailing earlier this year and, although we’re pretty sure she didn’t mean it to be, it is quite possibly the most perfect idea for a Christmas wedding dress that we’ve ever seen.
Sleek and much more subtle than the usual Christmas wedding dress ideas on the net, the original will set you back about £1,800. Thankfully though, both Topshop and Lavish Alice have similar versions for a much more wedding budget-friendly £55 and £48 respectively.
And the ultimate bonus? You can wear this again and again.
4. Embrace seasonal decorations
A Christmas tree is magical in December – your venue might have an impressive one up already. Ask your venue about their plans for decorations early so you can plan yours around theirs.
Christmas decorations are also very easy and inexpensive to buy if you need to keep costs down.
5. Who needs fruit cake when you’ve got yule log?
Who doesn’t love a bit of yule log? It’s a Christmas classic and much more fun than traditional cake. For an extra festive twist, ask for chocolate orange filling.
6. Celebrate with sparklers instead of confetti
Let your wedding guests light the way (and show off for your photos) with some sparklers. They look gorgeous in the photos, too.
7. Bring the outside, inside
Brides in the US and Canada may be able to count on clean white snow every day during the Christmas season, but here in the UK our seasonal weather is less than predictable. If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect winter scene for your festive nuptials, then go all-out inside your venue instead.
Have some fun with your wedding photos and give your groomsmen bobble hats that match your colour scheme.
9. Have fun with festive nail art
You and your bridemaids’ nails are the perfect place to inject some Christmas cheer. Seasonal nail art is subtle and is even suitable for flower girls to make them feel part of the dressing-up process.
Just how perfect is this tweed bridal coat by Theia? Their Fall 2015 collection was inspired by snowcapped Altai mountains in Mongolia’s frozen Tundra, which explains why this coat looks so snuggly and warm but beautiful at the same time.
Perfect for a Christmas wedding…
11. Alternatively, try a classic white bolero
No longer a cover-up resigned to the nineties since the Duchess of Cambridge wore one to travel to Buckingham Palace following her wedding to Prince William, boleros have been given a new lease of life and are perfect for a Christmas wedding.
They can look a bit middle-aged (apologies to any middle-aged readers) so to avoid looking frumpy make like Kate and look for styles with 3/4 length sleeves and keep the length of the body at waist height. Stop it looking too handmade and go for a sleek off-white version in angora or cashmere.
A gorgeous shrug is a Christmas or winter wedding bride’s best friend – not only is it a bridal classic, but it also stops you looking too purple in your photos. It’s a win win!
13. Go lights mad at the reception
There’s nothing like walking into a wedding reception to be greeted by a room full of tealights, fairy lights and candles. The softer light is ultra-flattering in photos (it covers a multitude of sins) and looks magical at Christmas.
14. Classic white and red works…
15. …but so does white, gold and silver, like these flowers by Jay Archer:
16. Wear a dress straight out of a fairy tale
Not content with making our wedding days feel like fairy tales, now there are tons of planners, dressmakers and companies willing to make them into actual fairy tales. Well, kind of.
Not only is this Alfred Angelo dress too pretty for words, it’s also based on Elsa’s dress in Frozen. The dress was part of the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings collection by Alfred Angelo Collection, which debuted in October.
Also among the fairy tale creations were Tiana from The Princess And The Frog:
17. Recreate a Christmas market
Go as low-key or as big as your budget will allow… hire a German band, serve pretzels at the reception (perfect for lining your stomach) or even set up a stall outside giving out bratwurst, roast chestnuts and mulled wine.
18. Treat your guests to favours in tiny santa sacks
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