winter wedding

Winter Wedding Favours

Winter weddings are very special. While winter may not be everyone’s first choice for their big day, there is just something about saying ‘I do’ at this time of year that brings an air of extra romanticism to proceedings. The stark bare trees, the often crisp blue skies, or if you’re lucky a dusting of snow!

To match the beauty of the season, why not go for some winter themed wedding favours to welcome and thank your guests for sharing in your special day?

Everything from personalised festive baubles, to homemade hot chocolate mixes are the ideal partner to your winter wedding day fun.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

DIY

If you’re a dab hand at DIY treats or crafting then this is the perfect excuse to devise something truly special for your wedding favours. Think of the winter theme and try your hand at homemade mincemeat for pies or honeys. Why not put together a special hot chocolate mix or cook up some home brew? If you’re really crafty who not make some snow globes with mason jars?

 

Edible Treats

At this time of year, the scope for edible treats skyrockets! And everyone loves to find something sweet waiting for them at their seat. So think of things such as, candy canes, mince pies, gingerbread people or even bespoke snowflake cakepops!

 

A Touch of Bling

Tis the season to sparkle, so why not bring this into your wedding favours? A specially created, personalised festive bauble or snowflake is a really thoughtful gift and one your guests will hopefully hang on their trees for the years to come.  Or why not go for something fun and budget-friendly like sparklers?

 

Winter Treats

Everyone loves a little something to keep them toasty over the winter season, so why not give your guests items such as gloves, mini hot water bottles, personalised blankets or mittens! Mini bottles of Prosecco would be ideal if you’re tying the knot close to New Year’s Eve. Or why not go for something green like a mini evergreen, or a pine cone fire starter?

 

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Faux Fur and Glitter Wedding Theme

Wondering what theme to have for your winter wedding? Well if you’re a lover of all things, glam and luxe then why not have a faux fur and glitter thread running through your wedding day décor?

Think Dr. Zhivago meets The Great Gatsby and you’ve got it.

It’s the perfect theme for the winter season as it fuses the ideas of winter warmth and elegance, with the decadence of the season.

There’s no set rules with this theme, simply mix and match ideas that suit your taste. You could simply have some faux fur elements in the bridal attire and a smattering of sparkle dust on your tables, or you could go all out with an elaborate faux fur and glitter centrepiece. It’s up to you.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Attire

Winter brides and faux fur are a match made in heaven. Think stoles, shawls and handmuffs for the bride and the bridesmaids. For the grooms, why not bring some faux fur touches into the buttonholes and add a dusting of glitter for the perfect fusion.

 

 

Around the room

Invest in some lush Faux Fur throws and blankets if you’ve got access to an outdoor area and might want to invite guests to sit around a fire pit and toast some marshmallows with a cosy throw to keep them warm. Why not drape the couple’s chairs in faux fur throws and some glitter elements?  Mason jars encrusted with glitter or lanterns filled with fairylights or candles arranged on faux fur throws will give the Dr. Zhivago feel to the room, especially paired with a roaring open fire. Why not create some stunning backdrops with faux fur elements, feathers dipped in glitter or glitter streamers?

 

 

On the Table

Got for faux fur place settings and if you’ve got long tables then a faux fur table runner that’s got some sparkle to it will look stunning. Intersperse these with glitter elements, such as candles dusted in glitter and it will be the ideal match.  Again if you’re going for a more rustic theme and have long picnic style tables, then having some faux fur throws draped over the benches that would look super. If you want to go super glam, then why not have large feather style arrangements for your centrepieces with glitter table clothes for the ultimate in luxe?

 

Food and Drinks

While you can’t really bring faux fur into your food and drinks, you can certainly add touches here and there. Why not have your cake sitting on a fur arrangement? Or serve trays of bubbles with the rims dipped in glitter from faux fur lined trays?  Have your glitter encrusted cake sitting on some faux fur for a real showstopper.

 

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Winter Narnia Style Wedding

Bringing the enchanting world of C.S Lewis’ beloved books the Chronicles of Narnia to life is the perfect match for your winter wedding. It can be easy to fall into overly festive style themes and décor at this time of the year, but by using a theme such as this one, you’ll have huge scope for lots of chic, vintage style additions while still keeping it feeling like a true winter wonderland.

Think faux furs, snow, pine trees, fairylights, literature, hot chocolate and Turkish delights, plus lots of atmospheric candles.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Ceremony Décor

Start with your ceremony and turn the aisles into an enchanted Narnia style forest with white branches and blossoms. Why not have a white aisle runner too? Or use white petals to line the aisle? And don’t forget to have hurricane lamps or lanterns filled with candles for the complete look.

 

 

The Table

Top off each table with frozen effect winter branches. Use ghost chairs with faux fur sashes and name the tables after your favourite characters from the book. Why not create centrepieces with fake snow or glittering oversized snowflakes and the Narnia books stacked in the centrepiece surrounded by lots of candles?

 

 

Around the Room

If you can get your hands on a vintage style wardrobe, then it’s going to be the icing on your Narnia cake, truly bringing the lion, the witch and the wardrobe to life! Why not even set up a DIY photo booth in there too? Think about hurricane lanterns, hanging lanterns and tea lights interspersed with fake snow or even white petals lining rooms and around doorways. White light up dancefloors will work wonderfully and have your guests up all night long, as well as uplighters to give the venue real atmosphere.

 

Foods

Turkish delight was a big feature in the books, so why not have this for your guests to nibble on when they arrive? As well as warming cups of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows? You could even put in a shot of whisky for the grownups! And of course a chic winter wedding cake fit for the snow queen would be perfect too.

 

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Reasons to Love a November Wedding

For many couples the months of July, August and September are the most popular times to get married. However, it can be difficult to secure your preferred dates and venues during those months due to the popularity. Getting married in the so-called off peak winter seasons, such as in November bring with it lots of positives you may not have even thought about. Rates will be significantly reduced and the availability of everything from bands to venues should be much easier to secure. It’s also a time of year when people won’t be away on holidays and so you don’t have to worry about your close friends being away when you say ‘I do.’ The winter landscape can also look truly stunning in your photos and who doesn’t love the crackle and roar of a cosy fire as you toast to your new life together with family and friends.

As an award-winning wedding planner, I’ve helped to put together dozens of beautiful November weddings. If you’d like to discuss any aspect of your big day, then please get in touch.

 

Reduced Rates & Availability
This is a key factor for choosing an off-peak wedding, such as in November, especially if you’re a little short on planning time or are keeping to a particular budget as you’re likely to make big savings on everything. You’re also likely to get your first choice of venue, church, band, photographer and much more.
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Winter Décor
Don’t worry, winter decor doesn’t automatically have to mean Christmas decorations. In fact, there are so many amazingly beautiful ideas for winter décor that don’t have anything to do with Christmas! Banish thoughts of red and gold and instead think of chic palettes of greys and purples, offset with winter pinks for a really modern look. Plus candles can really come into their own for a truly stunning effect, as well as things such as hanging tealights and chic fairly light backdrops etc. And let’s not forget the cosy appeal of a roaring fire which will look amazing in your pictures too.
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The Weather… Yes Really!
When it comes to planning a wedding in Ireland, you just cannot tell what the weather is going to do. Let’s be honest, you are as likely to have monsoon style weather in June, as you are to have a crisp sunny day in November. That said, you must still bear in mind that November is winter time and it is possible it could be snowing too! But for many couples the idea of a winter wonderland also has its own appeal. Finally, if you’re a bit of a sweaty Betty at the best of times, then consider that shimmying through the day in a big gown etc, on a warm summer’s day could be a disaster.

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The photos
The natural beauty of the winter landscape is not for everyone, but if you and your partner are happy to take advantage of that, then you are guaranteed to get some stunning shots you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get in summertime. Talk to your photographer in advance about the time of year and how it will affect your pictures and if he or she has shot at your venue in the winter, then check out their previous work for some great ideas.
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