As much as we love a warm summer wedding, there’s something extra special about waiting until winter for your special day. It gives you and your guests something exciting to look forward to when the days are shorter and the weather is not as good as the summer months. Here are our top tips for making sure that your winter wedding is truly perfect.
The first thing to consider when planning a wedding in Ireland, whatever time of the year, is the weather. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case mother nature doesn’t want to cooperate! Weatherproof your day by planning an indoor ceremony, consider having the ceremony and the party in the same place to avoid wet commutes and give yourself plenty of indoor photo options. Invest in a beautiful wedding themed umbrella just in case the worst happens.
Another tip to ensure your guests are comfortable and warm throughout the day is to check with your church and venue about heating before you get there. The bride should take advantage of the season and wear some faux fur over her dress adding to the glamour of the day. You could also get matching monogrammed gloves as a special memento. Make sure to cover your bridal party too, freezing cold bridesmaids won’t look happy in pictures!
Now that the clocks have been turned back, we have even fewer hours of daylight to look forward to until Spring. Try to book your church service as early as possible to ensure you make the most of the daylight. If you plan to take some outdoor pictures, go straight from the church to your chosen location to get the best of the natural light while it's there. It will make your day seem really long, which is great for you both but may leave your guests worse for wear. You should arrange some snacks, canapés or a breakfast for them to keep them sustained until the main event.
When you get married toward the end of the year, Christmas can be your ready-made theme. Hotels usually have the most luxurious decorations and huge Christmas trees so find out when your venue plans to decorate and work around it. Use the decorations to your advantage, taking plenty of seasonal pics with Christmas Trees and sparkling lights as a backdrop. You could have Christmas decorations designed as favours so your guests can remember your special days for years to come.
You can also incorporate Christmas food as part of your day. You could have a festive themed meal, complete with a variety of cheeses to start, turkey and ham with sprouts and roast potatoes for the main and mince pies & Christmas pudding for afters. Don’t forget the mulled wine to warm up your guests before dinner.
If you want to book a wonderful winter wedding in a dream venue, why not consider the Osprey Hotel? We go out of our way to ensure every single aspect of your wedding is exactly as you imagined. Call our talented wedding planners to talk you through your options or to arrange a viewing.