Inspiring ideas for a Winter Wedding

A dream winter wedding

It’s that time of the year, the sun sets earlier in the day and the evenings are a touch cooler, winter has finally arrived in South Africa. However, there are a great many reasons to plan your wedding date for the winter season, as a winter wedding is on trend in 2018.

Many celebs are now opting for winter weddings because of the originality and the wonderful ambience that the chilly and romantic season can lend to your special day. With the likes of Solange Knowles and Sofia Vegara opting for Winter Weddings, here are some good tips and ideas to make your winter wedding a magical and wonderful experience.

The perfect winter venue

Firstly make the most of the winter atmosphere- hire a venue that has a warm and cosy character and perhaps has a fire place or at least caters for log fires. Make sure you have plenty of fairy lights and candles to create a romantic ambience and brighten up the darker winter evenings.

Winter colours

The fun aspect of having a winter wedding is that you can opt for a stronger colour palette. Instead of the conventional pink and baby blue hues, one can play around with lovely warm colour tones – such as deep rich burgundy, plum, gold or even Forest green.

The dress

Winter wedding dresses can be original and dramatic, choosing from an array of wedding accessories means that your wedding outfit could be completely authentic. For example you could opt for a faux fur gilet, a fur cape, a bolero or even add a velvet accessory, to lend that air of being in a winter wonderland. Brides who want to go with a bohemian style wedding could wear wellies or warm wool-lined boots just to add that touch of bohemian spirit.

Comfort food

When it comes to the food, your guests will be more than happy to tuck into some hearty comfort food- such as a soup, a meaty stew, a casserole or a good old roast. For dessert you could serve up a warm apple crumble or Chocolate soufflé. Your drinks menu could also be spiced up by adding hot drinks on the list- such as mulled wine, hot chocolate or spiced chai latte.

Sunny, yet crisp winter days are perfect for wedding photographs- no sweaty best men or runny make up. The natural winter light is soft and so there is no risk of over- exposure.

Having a wedding in June, July or August is also more cost effective, this is the out of season period, meaning that you are more likely to find a venue at a reduced cost. Other services such as a DJ and hiring services are also in low season and may offer their services at a reduced rate.

Opting for a winter wedding will also give you and your guests something exciting to look forward too at the quietest time of the year, while also avoiding the cliché of a summer wedding.

By Liesl Silverman

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