Wintertime is the ideal time to seek out some of the most romantic Castle Wedding venues, country retreats, and farm houses the UK has to offer. Planning a Winter Wedding, whether you opt for a secluded pretty church or a civil service at a spectacular Castle Wedding Venue, can prove challenging due to weather conditions, fast fading daylight, and even selecting the right outfit to ensure warmth and beauty.
Winter Weddings are definitely growing in popularity as couples discover that they can have their first choice venue and with some of the top UK wedding venues being booked up to 3-4 summers in advance, your dream venue more likely to be available in the winter months.
When selecting a Wedding venue for a winter ceremony, thoughts should turn to somewhere which offers guest accommodation, therefore avoiding tedious journeys in inclement conditions. Having your guests stay at the Wedding venue can mean that everyone can really enjoy the day and evening celebrations, no-one has to remain teetotal to be the delegated driver and guests are able to retire for the evening at their convenience.
For the ultimate romantic, magical Winter Wedding, select a beautiful Castle Wedding venue, where you can ensure your wedding photographs have an amazing backdrop, your every need is catered for, and you can snuggle up in a stunning four-poster bed at the end of your day.
Selecting the time for your service can be of the greatest importance, as the daylight fades rapidly in the winter months, with the sun setting as early as 4.15pm, so consider the photographic opportunities of getting married around 1pm, to enable impressive shots to be taken in the grounds of your venue.
Although a spectacular snow scene makes for sensational wedding pictures, remember in the UK winter months, you may get snow, rain, sleet or even fog, so selecting the right venue is critical. If the weather is poor, it may be necessary to have your photographs taken indoors, so discuss with the venue about where photographs of everyone might be taken, where the group shots might be taken and where your couple shots might be taken.
Your guests may not desire to be outside for long periods in cold weather, so ensure the interior of your venue is able to cater for everything you would like. Your photographer will generally require approximately an hour and a half minimum before you sit down at the venue to take all of the photographs required.
A Winter Wedding can prove to be a truly magical experience, you can guarantee it will be cold and may remain around zero or minus degree temperatures, therefore the bride and bridesmaids will need to consider how to ensure they stay warm for long periods, whilst the photographs are being taken.
Brides look beautiful in faux fur shrugs, boleros, and capes and bridesmaids will benefit from the perfect winter accessory of gloves and velvet shrugs. Evoke the season with "ice" diamond or diamond-like jewellery, using crystal or diamante tiaras, headbands and accessories will add that magical winter sparkle to your wonderful day. Also consider your wedding shoes carefully because it may be slippery or wet underfoot.
Flowers for Winter Weddings can be spectacular, using such favourites as, winter jasmine, freesias, roses, pine greenery and berries and ask your florist to add a touch of sparkle with some crystals or glitter edging to your flowers. Shop around for your florist, a good tip is to set your budget and then approach several florists and ask them what they are able to provide for the budget you have in mind.
Arranging a Winter Wedding could potentially save you money in comparison to the summer months, as there may be out-of-season bargains to be had on transport, and post-Christmas sales on bridal wear, gent's suits, shoes and accessories. Fewer people get married in the winter months and therefore, apart from special deals your venue may offer, many hotels and accommodation offer discounts compared to their summer prices, so you may be able to take advantage of some wedding bargains by getting married in winter. A Winter Wedding does not have to denote a cheap wedding, but it can definitely make your money go further.
Planning a honeymoon to follow your winter wedding, can offer you bargains galore, while friends and family return home to brave the cold, many of the most beautiful places in the world have the best weather during the UK winter. For your winter honeymoon, consider locations such as Mexico, The Caribbean, Mauritius, The Maldives, Africa, Thailand or even further afield to Australia or New Zealand.
Returning home with your wonderful tan, feeling relaxed, happy and looking forward to viewing the spectacular photographs of your wonderful day, makes your winter wedding the most memorable, magical occasion of your entire life.