Winter Wedding Ideas
In need of winter wedding ideas for your winter wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Winter is a beautiful, relatively untapped time of the year for a romantic and cosy wedding. However, without the right preparations, your loved ones may spend the day and night shivering away and dreaming of a hot shower and their electric blanket! Here are some of our top tips for a cosy winter wedding.
#1 winter wedding ideas: dress for warmth
Both bride and bridesmaids will want to look fantastic, of course. But they’ll want to feel warm and comfortable. If you’re planning for long gowns, thick tights or stockings underneath can go a long way. There’s nothing worse than cold feet and legs. Depending on where in Australia your wedding is being held, long sleeve dresses can be fantastic for adding a touch of warmth. Don’t forget to compensate for when you go from outdoors to indoors where it will undoubtedly be warmer. Removable boleros, cardigans, wraps and capes are a fantastic addition that can be worn or removed as required. No one wants cold feet on their wedding day (literally or figuratively!). Otherwise consider closed-toe shoes for yourself and your bridesmaids or even a cute pair of boots.
It is essential to keep your skin and lips well hydrated in the lead up to your wedding. No one wants to deal with dry, chapped lips or scaly skin on their wedding day. Stock up on some high quality face creams, body butters and lip balms. Don’t forget to use them on the day of your wedding too!
rug up warm
Definitely one of the easiest winter wedding ideas! Have a number of small blankets or throws rolled up and displayed on shelves. Guests can easily grab one if they do get a bit chilly during your reception. A small throw blanket for cold shoulders or knees will be significantly appreciated by your guests!
some like it hot
Greet your guests as they enter the reception with a fragrant glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate made with Baileys or Kahlua to warm them from the inside out. Add an assortment of warming drinks to your bar menu – spiced rum and Hot Toddy’s are a popular choice! Perhaps consider a tea, coffee and hot chocolate station that is available for your guests throughout the night. A quick search of ‘winter wedding ideas’ on Pinterest will help with some sweet display ideas.
Embrace the cooler weather and pack your menu full of hearty comfort foods such as soups, stews, casseroles and pot pies. Undeniably, is there anything better than apple pie with hot custard or self-saucing pudding for dessert in winter?
to have and to hold
If you’re stuck on what to give your guests as a small gift, consider some lovely handmade hand warmers in a fabric that matches with your theme. For those that are a little less crafty, most pharmacies sell air-activated single use Hand Warmers that could be packaged with some assorted teas. Go uber-practical with gifts your guests will actually use, like funky bed socks or some personalised match boxes. Without a doubt there’s a plethora of options to be sourced online!
bring your brolly
Lastly, winter can bring with it some undesirable weather. It’s best to always be prepared with a Plan B wet weather option if you are opting for any part of your day to involve the great outdoors. Having some nice matching umbrellas on hand will protect your guests’ hair and makeup and keep them as dry as possible as they move towards shelter.