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Winter Weddings – Say ‘I do’ during the festive season

Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year. It is a time when family and friends come together to eat, drink and be merry. Though cold and not necessarily bright, the end of the year is definitely romantic, with couples cuddling up, log fires burning and plenty of twinkling candles, we think Christmas is the perfect time to have your wedding.

First thing is first, send your invitations out. Peoples diaries fill up pretty fast at this time of year, so makes sure your wedding is at the top of their priorities, and you have given guests plenty of notice. Next your venue, you need to choose somewhere that can accommodate all your needs and requirements inside, just in case the weather prevents you from being outside. Alrewas Hayes is stunning at this time of year, our warm furnishings and cosy interior will make any winter wedding feel intimate and inviting. Our Lakeside Marquee and Grand Pavilion are fully insulated with a state of the heart heating and cooling system, so we can ensure you and your guests are kept comfortable throughout your day.

Now your dress…no sacrifices need to be made on the most important dress you will ever buy just because it is winter, it just means you can buy additional wraps, fur coats or shawls to keep warm, and if our brides are anything like us, an excuse to buy more clothes is always a plus! Grab yourself a pair of UGG boots or wellies, so you can have those beautiful shots outside in the snow, not only will your feet stay warm, your Jimmy Choos won’t get ruined.

When choosing decor for a winter wedding, if your day is around Christmas, a tree is a must! You can match the tree decorations to your colour scheme, and even ask your guests to leave their wedding gifts underneath it. Christmas crackers are a great favour saver, add names on them and you’ve got yourself a name card, favour and Christmas decoration all in one!

Inviting children? Why not fill up a stocking with some arts and crafts to keep them entertained during the wedding breakfast and hang it from the back of their chair? You could also pop on a Christmas film later in the evening, to keep them amused whilst the adults can enjoy the rest of the evening.

And finally food and drink! There is nothing I love more than the huge amounts of delicious food and drink associated with Christmas. Your guests could be greeted with mulled wine, or a Christmas rum punch, whilst the children slip on hot chocolate with marshmallows. A full Christmas dinner is a must for your wedding breakfast, you could have a sharing menu which allows guests to carve their own joint of meat, served next to piping hot roasties and all the other essential sides, finished off with yule log, mince pies or trifle for dessert!

Would you like to hold your very own winter wonderland wedding? We still have availability for 2014 & 2015, so please contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Image by Gill Taylor