Ask most couples thinking about getting married in Devon and thoughts of summer days come to mind. However, these days the winter wedding is no longer seen as a second best. After all, there is something deeply romantic about the winter, especially here in North Devon. More engagements take place on Christmas Day than on Valentine’s Day in fact, while there are several major advantages to getting hitched later in the year. So why are more and more winter wedding receptions taking place?
One huge plus is that you will tend to find the more popular exclusive use wedding venues readily available, as opposed to being solidly booked for the next two summers combined! Furthermore, many will also offer much more affordable wedding packages. To cut a long story short, this means you can have the best of everything, along with a few seasonal surprises and still keep in budget.
Best fun of all, however, are the creative possibilities for your event. From beautiful festive wedding dresses, to delicious seasonal food, there are countless ways to turn your celebration into a winter wonderland of your own! So, without further ado, here are some of our favourite winter wedding ideas, from creative to crazy:
However your winter wedding reception takes shape, why not set the scene from the very beginning with a perfect festive save the date design? These days you are spoilt for choice with so many wonderful designs to pick from, with sites like Etsy offering options by the dozen.
Winter chic wedding invites are a must (design shown by Christina Elizabeth D, available via Etsy)
Keeping your guests fed and refreshed is a top priority at any event. But if the idea of Pimms on the lawn left you (quite literally) cold, a winter event can be altogether heartier. Why not welcome your guests with mulled wine, for example, or even that delicious Devon favourite mulled cider? Non-boozing guests might enjoy a hot chocolate with cream.
Beyond the need for tasty dishes, there is also a practical reason to go for more warming, substantial wedding breakfast options. Even in North Devon, it can get cold and you want your family and friends to feel warm and well fed. Hence we would often dispose of slight starters and go for something like a comforting, well-balanced winter soup.
As for the main course, tastes can vary. A nod to traditional winter fare and country game can be especially delicious however; venison or goose, for example, are meats to knock the stuffing out of turkey.
To finish on a sweet note, winter is also a time when you can ditch the fruit salad and go for something warming to conclude the meal. Hearty, classic and comforting English desserts are definitely flavour of the season (sticky toffee pudding is perhaps the ultimate winter warmer, perhaps served with a small glass of something naughty but nice).
For the guests and the happy couple alike, what to wear can be trickier for winter weddings. But we should start by saying that you are allowed to bend the traditional rules a little. We’ve seen elegant shawls used beautifully to keep the bride warm, while you could even provide a smart woollen overcoat or smart jumper so that the groom can say “I do” rather than “I d-d-d-d-d-do!”
Do shop around for suitable winter bridal wear because the choice is now better than ever. It is also good policy to provide guests with suitably warming extras too. Perhaps soft blankets to go with your overall winter wedding colour scheme? For hardy souls who have their ceremony outdoors, we have even seen decorative hot water bottles to add a cute, comforting touch.
Warmer dress designs (such as this winter special by Cocon Bridal) can still be beautifully elegant.
When it comes to unique special touches and ideas for your winter wedding, there are literally endless possibilities. Your event could be perfectly elegant and minimalist, utilising traditional seasonal ideas for things like place holders and table decorations. There are especially cool possibilities with flowers and bouquets for winter weddings too (pinecones or even holly can be used should you want a Christmas themed wedding!).
But equally, this is just the start and you could try something just a little outrageous to really put the fun into your big day. Perhaps you would like to hire a reindeer? Or arrange a delivery of real snow, should the real thing prove elusive? The sky is the limit; and with a typically much lower package price for low season weddings, you will have more budget to play with when it comes to planning something special, surprising or just delightfully silly!
Offering the warmest of welcomes and a beautifully elegant country house setting at any time of year, Northcote Manor makes a delightful place to get married, whether is high summer or the festive period. With award-winning food and service, we promise an unforgettable event, tailored to your exact tastes.
Our superbly affordable winter wedding packages start at just £3500, including exclusive use and accommodation for up to 32 guests! Selected dates are still available this December; find out more HERE, or download our current weddings brochure for further information.
Alternately, another way to find out more about our beautiful North Devon wedding days is to come to one of our fantastic fairs and events! Our next wedding fair is on Sunday 26th June 2016. Click here for more details.