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{GB} Ideas And Tips For A Wonderful Winter Wedding

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When planning a winter wedding the colour schemes, decorations and outfits can be difficult to choose as the cold and dull weather needs to be strongly considered. Detailed preparation in advance of the big day is absolutely essential if you want your wedding to be truly special.

Firstly, think about where your wedding is going to be held. Having an outdoor wedding probably isn’t the best idea in the cold winter months so the ceremony should ideally take place indoors.

Old stately manors and more traditional venues with large open fires and beautiful antique furniture are perfect at this time of year, and can add some elegance and class to your big day.

Some venues will require some of the day to be held outdoors, whether it be in a marquee or just walking from the car or between buildings at your chosen venue. Therefore you and your guests should consider any plans for high heeled shoes carefully, as soft ground is nigh-on impossible to navigate in stilettos and you should therefore warn your guests prior to the big day.

During the winter months warm clothing is essential if you are going to be outside. But carefully selected outer wear can actually add elegance to the bride’s and guests’ outfits. Specially chosen (faux) furs, cloaks and long fitted coats can look beautiful over a wedding dress, and can add to the anticipation of the groom finally seeing the dress at the altar. Again you should warn your guests that they should be prepared for the cold and check that your wedding venue has a cloakroom for coats.

Winter weddings are also ideal for unconventional colour schemes for the bride’s wedding dress (i.e anything other than white, cream or champagne). For example the seasonal hues of winter lend themselves perfectly to a range of warm, rich colours, such as reds and purples.

The wedding decorations such as flowers and table settings should also be chosen to suit the seasonal theme. Once again, rich colours work best in a wintry environment. Bolstering bouquets with traditional winter fruits, such as cranberries can look stunning, as white and red complement each other perfectly at this time of year. Additionally intricate lighting details can work well to instantly warm up a room, adding a magical ambiance to any setting.

Most brides might like the idea of getting married in the warming sunlight of a summer’s day but as the English weather is so unpredictable, winter is a great time of year for a wedding. It can be the ideal occasion to impress your friends and family by doing something slightly unorthodox, but creating a real romantic spectacle at the same time.

{GB – Guest Blogger} Written by Gemma Halliwell, Events & General Manager at Maunsel House. Maunsel House is one of the most magnificent wedding venues in Somerset. Set in 100 acres of stunning parkland, the 13th Century Manor House is available for exclusive hire for weddingsinSomerset of any size.


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