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    Why you should have a winter wedding

    Published: January 14th, 2022

    While most couples tie the knot in the summer, giving them the opportunity to celebrate in the sunshine, there’s plenty of downsides to doing this. If it’s too hot, guests may feel uncomfortable in formalwear, your wedding cake could be ruined if it’s spent too long in the sun. In short, particularly for the Brits, it can end up a far cry from your hot, dry Mamma Mia fantasy.

    Despite the cold, winter weddings actually have a few advantages over those held in the summer, which is why many couples opt to hold their big day later in the year. In fact, in June 2020, search trends for ‘winter wedding’ increased by 84% compared to the same period the previous year. The promising allure of snow, a mug of mulled wine, and a cosy venue is enough for any winter lover. However, if you’re still sitting on the fence, here are a few reasons why you should consider a winter wedding.


    You can create a winter wedding theme

    Winter is the perfect time for a seasonal theme. You could create a winter wonderland, decorated in blue, white and silver, and purple, or imagine any of a range of unique winter decoration ideas. For example, mystical purple lights and white artificial trees with LED lights create a frosty atmosphere, as does hanging icicle ornaments, using glitter, and adorning the dining tables with pine cones. You could even push the boat out with fancy ice sculptures or bright white chandeliers. As for winter bouquets, seasonal flowers such as classic white roses, dusty miller, amaryllis, and silver brunia will work a treat, alongside decking the halls with boughs of holly. Meanwhile, your catering options can involve classic winter fare like hot chocolate, mulled wine, and cider, as well as feasts packed with hearty comfort foods.

    Your suppliers will cost less during off-season

    Suppliers are less in demand during the off-season, and could potentially offer you a lower rate, allowing you to get better vendors than you ordinarily would during other times of the year. Couples may have to book a year in advance for a summer wedding, but a winter event can be organised with far less preparation, unless you get married close to Christmas. However, dates during the last few weeks of the year will be popular, so be sure to pull out all the stops if you do fancy a festive wedding.

    You’re more likely to get your dream venue

    Just like your suppliers, you’re more likely to secure your dream wedding venue during winter as well. Venues book up quickly in the summer, meaning it can be a race against the clock to book, while a winter wedding not only increases the likelihood of you getting your dream venue, but also the chances that you may be given a lower rate. You won’t be in direct competition with too many other couples, so booking your winter wedding will likely be a breeze. For instance, off-peak prices here at Sandon Hall are considerably lower than our standard peak-season prices, letting you splurge on other elements of your big day, such as the clothing, decorations, and cake. Our packages include full day hire for the ceremony and reception, with food and drink provided as well as entertainment. Download our brochure to find out more about off-season costs.

    You can travel somewhere hot for your honeymoon

    A winter wedding can give you the best of both worlds if you book a honeymoon somewhere hot and exotic, as it’s the perfect time to jet off to a gorgeous location such as the Maldives, South Africa, or a Caribbean island. Booking a honeymoon during winter definitely has its advantages, as it will likely cost you much less than a summer holiday, when rates tend to be higher, and you’ll get to experience the special just-married moments in the winter sun. Make sure to choose a destination in the southern hemisphere to guarantee bright sunny skies.

    There’s less weather stress

    When it comes to the weather, you know exactly what to expect of a winter wedding. There’s no doubt that it will be cold, but this lets you prepare accordingly. Unlike a summer wedding where many couples stress about whether or not the sun is going to shine, or if it’s going to rain and ruin the event, an indoor winter wedding lets you almost entirely forget about the conditions outside. For instance, you can exchange your vows in one of our elegant rooms here at Sandon Hall, like the library, sitting room or saloon, and have the cosiest wedding indoors. This will create less stress for you, your vendors and guests — for example, suppliers won’t need to worry about food deteriorating in the sunshine, guests can dress comfortably, and your wedding photos should turn out just right without the glare of the sun.

    There’s more opportunity for snowy wedding photographs

    If you’re lucky enough to get snow, you can have beautiful wintery wedding photographs taken outside. The higher north you tie the knot, the better chance of snow, while you might not be so fortunate down south. But even so, any kind of wintery landscape can offer the perfect backdrop to your big day, especially overlooking the grounds at Sandon Hall. These photographs will rival any hot, sweltering summer ones, where guests could look uncomfortable with the heat, their hair and makeup affected by the humidity.

    So, if you’re now convinced you want a lovely winter wedding, look through our great tips to help you plan your big day.

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