Winter is a fabulous time to get married; regardless of grey skies and cold weather, this is the perfect time to get really creative with your colour scheme, your wedding attire and your food and drink. Today I’m sharing my top tips and inspiration for winter weddings, exclusively for fans of Loughrea Hotel & Spa.
Colour & Décor
As the light is fading and the leaves have left the trees, you are left with what really is a blank canvas on which to paint beautifully warm and rich colours. The go-to colour for winter and Christmas weddings has been burgundy for many years, but you are certainly not restricted to this. Think jewel tones of emerald and amber, vivid raspberry and icy blue, combined with soft gold and silver tones for a colour scheme that will really pop in your wedding photographs. These will also suit the new décor in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa beautifully. For décor, the shorter days mean that candlelight will be acceptable everywhere! Candles are a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate your wedding, from the ceremony to the reception and everywhere in between. Candelabras, lanterns and bowls of floating candles will look elegant and provide a warming atmosphere. If you are getting married around the time of Christmas or New Year’s, a bit of sparkle is completely acceptable and encouraged!
Food & Beverages
Your drinks reception is the ideal place to serve some warming winter favourites, such as hot toddies, Irish coffees and warm apple cider with cinnamon. Warm your guests up with shot glasses of hot soup and mini toasted sandwiches instead of the usual tea and finger sandwiches. Keep the kids happy with hot chocolate and marshmallows. For the meal itself, bear in mind the outside temperatures – a chilled sorbet or cold salad may not be ideal, so choose a heart-warming soup for your appetiser. Bear in mind in-season produce rather than choosing ingredients more suitable to a spring or summer wedding – the chef at your venue will be able to help advise you on this.
The main factor to keep in mind when choosing your attire for a winter wedding is warmth. You will be standing for quite some time for your ceremony (possibly in a chilly church) and afterwards when taking photographs, all the while getting more and more hungry! When choosing a wedding gown, bear in mind the type of fabric. A light, chiffon dress will not give you the coverage you’ll need on a cold day, so it may be wise to go with a heavier fabric. Long sleeves may be a good option here too to avoid frost-induced goosebumps and will help you avoid fake tan disasters. A cover-up such as a faux-fur bolero or beaded shrug is a gorgeous addition to keep you warm, and don’t forget to add a little bit of sparkle or colour to your hair and accessories. Closed toe shoes are recommended, and try to source heel protector caps as the ground may be wet, and these will keep your shoes protected should they sink into the grass. For the groom who wants to be a little different, a great winter look is a tweed suit. A boutonnière featuring winter berries will complete the look.