If you’re planning a Winter wedding, the best time to start organising is late summer into early autumn. There are so many ways to show the season in your wedding, whether it’s a Christmas theme or a Winter wonderland. Osprey Hotel is a romantic place to host your winter wedding in Kildare and our newly removed ballroom is the perfect backdrop. Learn more about our Kildare wedding venue or arrange a time for a tour with one of our dedicated wedding planners. Get inspired by some of our favourite winter wedding trends.
Winter Wedding Décor
Winter is all about comfort and warmth in your wedding venue. You lose the light a lot quicker during a winter wedding so extra lighting will be needed. Set the scene, while adding to the cosy vibe, by filling the room with candles. Your centrepieces and decor can incorporate taper candles and their light will add to the romance of the day. Candlelight is a very subtle way to add a glow to your wedding photos when the sun goes down. Nature-inspired themes are popular in winter weddings with forest green being a big element in many ceremonies and celebrations. Why not use hanging greenery around the ballroom and decorate the alter and pews in your church or venue with foliage? Theme your bridal bouquet with eucalyptus, myrtle, magnolia, and other conifers as a contrast to the bright white of your dress.
Dress to Impress
A wedding outfit no longer needs to be a dress in its traditional form. Winter is a great time to pair separates, layering fabrics and textures for a look that suits you. Go practical with a trouser suit (complete with pockets!) or opt for a cashmere dress, delicate knits or a rediscovered wedding trend – capes. An advantage of having a winter wedding is that brides can wear dresses that would be too hot for summer celebrations. Think long sleeves and cosy textures paired with warm footwear and shawls.
The Bride tribe also have a lot more freedom for a winter wedding in Kildare. You can choose from a wider variety of styles and fabrics that wouldn’t be suitable during summer. A bridal party of velvet dresses truly stands out. You can also incorporate lavish faux fur shawls, wraps and scarves in your wedding attire. Brides can gift these luxury pieces to their bridesmaids so they can be worn time and time again.
Make the most of winter’s unique seasonal produce and use it to create a menu of comfort food – perfect to keep your guests full and happy. Enjoy root vegetable soup, roast meats and veg and warming desserts as part of your wedding menu; you can even go all out with a Christmas dinner! You could even choose liquor-filled truffles as a warming winter favour.
The drinks are almost as important as the food in an Irish wedding so stretch the winter wedding theme to those too. Focus on traditional Christmas drinks like whiskey, Baileys, and brandy creating a cocktail menu to wow your guests. Incorporate flavours and drinks that mean something to you as a couple. Offer after-dinner hot toddy’s to your guests to keep them warm and help them digest dinner.
Coffee bars are becoming increasingly popular with guests, with a variety of tea and coffee being offered in the lounge area of the venue. Guests can take the weight off their feet and savour a hot drink in a cosy setting. You can also create a hot chocolate bar with a variety of syrups and toppings to suit all tastes. They’re especially thoughtful if you have guests who don’t or can’t drink.
One thing that never gets old is Christmas crackers. Couples have used them as favours, place settings or to write personal notes to their friends and family. Crackers can be homemade in keeping with your wedding theme, or companies can fill them with favours of your choosing. Guests love cracking crackers together and it’s a lovely way to bond table neighbours. They’re a great way to keep the festive wedding vibe and create a special Christmas theme.
If you’d like to learn more about our winter wedding venue in Kildare, contact our team. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, show you around our venue or discuss our flexible wedding packages. Phone or email us today to set up a meeting.