There's something special about winter weddings. Maybe it's the cool air, the sparkling snow, or the cozy fireside receptions. Whatever the reason, more and more couples are choosing to tie the knot in December, January, and February. A winter wedding can be beautiful, but it comes with its own unique challenges. Here are a few tips on how to decorate, what kind of dress to wear, how to accessorise, and how to stay warm while still looking beautiful.
Magical Winter Wedding Venue: Tips to Transform Your Space
When we think about dreamy winter wedding venues, we think of rustic barns, stately mansions, or even a romantic ski lodge. But your venue doesn't have to be a castle to be fit for your winter wonderland wedding. With a little creativity, you can transform any space into the perfect place to exchange vows.
Create an ethereal winter wedding scene with twinkling white lights, candles, and lush greenery. Boughs of evergreen make for beautiful aisle runners or altar decorations. And don't forget the florals! Incorporate some wintry blooms into your bouquet and centrepieces, like snowdrops, anemones, ranunculus, and paperwhite narcissus.
Wedding dress ideas for winter weddings
Let's talk wedding dresses. If you're getting married in the middle of winter in the UK, a long-sleeved gown is a practical choice for your wedding dress. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will also look incredibly elegant. If you're worried about feeling too covered up, opt for a wedding dress with sheer sleeves or a plunging neckline. For a truly unique look or casual wedding, why not opt for chic separates that make a feature of dramatic sleeves, such as Shikoba Bride's 'Saoirse' – a bodysuit with detachable puff sleeves? Very cool girl bride.
Accessorising your winter wedding look
Next up is accessorising! (Our favourite part). Your choice of accessories will depend on the style of your wedding dress. If you're wearing a simple, minimalist gown, it's an invitation to go all out. If your dress is already quite embellished, then keep your accessories simple.
Choosing your bridal cover-up
Cover-ups are a key ingredient of the winter wedding style aesthetic. Not only do they keep you warm in the coldest season of the year, they also add an extra layer of glamour to your bridal ensemble. There's many bridal cover-up styles to choose from at Liberty in Love, from delicate feather shrugs to full-on faux fur bridal capes.
A bridal cape or wrap is a glamorous choice for a winter bride. Forget about the humble cardigan and think Old Hollywood vibes with a modern twist. A faux fur bridal cape that drapes over the shoulders will keep you cosily warm during the ceremony, and you can take it off for the reception.
How about if you like the practical benefits of a cover-up but hate the idea of your wedding dress being too covered up? Wrap up in a cover-up with a cropped shape. A chic feather shrug or bolero is feminine and flattering. They cover your shoulders and tops of your arms, creating a gorgeous nipped-in silhouette, will also allowing you to show off more of your beloved dress.
Beautiful bridal cover-ups in coloured hues
For winter weddings, you can also go for rich jewel tones like emerald green, midnight navy, and ruby red. These colours look gorgeous against a snowy backdrop and will keep you warm. Our faux fur long wraps are generously sized and are perfect to wear in cold temperatures.
Blush pink feather bridal jacket from Liberty in Love
If you want to make a fashion statement on your wedding day, look to our blush pink feather jacket made from strokeably-soft marabou feathers. The delicate blush hue is feminine while still being modern, making this jacket of our best selling pieces for winter brides. As an added bonus, jackets can definitely be worn again after the wedding day for all your special outfits. These feather bridal jackets are also available in ivory.
Cover-ups for bridesmaids and flower girls
Don't forget your bridesmaids! Your best girls will need to stay warm too, so why not coordinate their look with your own? We love the idea of mismatched faux fur stoles for a winter wedding. This is a great way to let each bridesmaid show off her own style while still tying the looks. We love Aria's faux fur short wraps for bridesmaids and since they don't have any fastenings, they'll be able to fit comfortably on all shapes and sizes.
As for your flower girls, they'll need something to keep them warm during the big day too. Children's capes or mini boleros are both adorable and practical.
More ways to accessorise your dream winter wedding look
A winter wedding is THE perfect occasion to go above and beyond with your bridal look! Here are a few more ideas to take your winter wedding style to the next level.
Try a pair of elbow-length gloves for a touch of old Hollywood style. If you don't want to go too over the top, then some simple pearl earrings or a necklace in your choice of gold or silver will also add a touch of luxurious sparkle to your look.
Or how about a statement wedding crown to make you feel like royalty? Whether you want to channel a Snow Queen look or need something more modest, we have you covered. A sparkling tiara or jewel-encrusted headband will make you radiate regality on your special day, while something delicate in detail would be beautiful for a low-key affair.
For the final touch, don't forget your shoes! If you'll be getting married outdoors, we recommend a pair of wellies to keep your toes warm and dry. For something a little more glam, try a pair of jewel-encrusted heels or sparkling flats.
Tips to make your guests feel comfortable at your winter wedding
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Your guests will appreciate any effort you make to keep them warm at your winter wedding reception. If your venue has an outdoor space, string up some lights or lanterns to provide warmth and ambiance. You can also provide cozy blankets for your guests to use during the evening. To make them extra special, you can personalise them with your names and wedding date. Either way, they'll be much appreciated when the temperature starts to drop.
Also, offering a choice of hot and cold drinks is a great idea. A cold season wedding isn't complete without a signature cocktail, but make sure to also offer non-alcoholic options for those who don't drink or are driving.
With these tips, you'll be well on your way to throwing a winter wedding that dreams are made of. So start planning and don't forget to enjoy the process!