Of course, we all love the British summer (when it goes according to plan…) but don’t rule winter out for your luxury wedding. Embrace the darkness to create romance, intimacy and magic…
Here are our top tips for planning your winter wedding:
Use the long dark winter evenings to your advantage – think log fires, candlelight, lanterns and fire pits. Our favourite Cotswold wedding venue Lapstone Barn has a wonderful wood burning stove in the bar and a large open fire pit outside. And if you feel like going out with a bang, then a laser or firework display can really make an impressive finale.
We love using local, seasonal food and produce and although it’s hard to imagine wintery food in the middle of the summer there are some spectacular winter dishes – indulge in braised brisket of beef, pork belly and crackling, warm chocolate fondant, sloe gin, bramble cocktails…
Warm Things Up
Heating and warmth are vital. A marquee wedding in winter can work brilliantly so long as you take specialist advice on heating and flooring. You may want to use real glass windows or solid sides to provide more protection from the weather. There is nothing worse than guests feeling chilly at the table waiting for the speeches to end. If you are getting married in a barn-style wedding venue ask about the heating and make sure that they have a snow plough or tractor to hand if it is in a rural location.
Furniture and Tableware
Long rustic tables can work brilliantly in the winter, dressed with small trees or antlers, all dripping in tea lights. Embrace the wintery feel with reindeer hides, cosy chill-out seating and a moss-covered whisky bar. Turn the lights down low!