As much as we love the summer and we wait for the papers to tell us about the latest heat wave coming our way, we all know you can never quite rely on the English sun to beam when you want it to.
Planning a winter wedding takes the stress away and turns a miserable winter into something to look forward to. So, here’s our top 5 ideas to help create a magical winter wedding at our stunning venue of the month, Spitalfields Venue.
Candles give off such warm and inviting glow in winter. With the shorter days add a touch of light to line the steps of the church. Hurricane lanterns filled with candles add that wow-factor as guests arrive following your ceremony. Within the Nave you could have your wedding breakfast lit simply by candlelight and fill the room with candles setting a gorgeous romantic feel.
Offering guests a winter warmer cocktail on arrival rather than Champagne or Prosecco always goes down well when it’s cold outside! Warm guests up with a glass of winter Pimms; a great crowd pleaser and with all the flavours of winter. Alternatively, if it’s a Christmas wedding, mulled wine works really well and the smell instantly makes you feel Christmassy.
With a winter wedding, there are so many options for flowers to help create your perfect winter setting. For a late-Autumn wedding, oranges, deep reds, berries and greenery look beautiful and work perfectly for capturing the tones of Autumn. Winter wonderland themes with icy colours look stunning; whites, silvers and greenery dusted or sprayed with silver to look snowy create stunning centrepieces or bouquets. All of which look stunning with the warm tones and white facades within the Nave.
Along with the candlelit options, lighting within the venue can give it a whole other feeling, as the evening draws in, uplighters can be put on the outside of the church, in the Nave and in the Crypt completely transforming the venue.
Let’s not forget fairy lights. The way they sparkling in the evening light oozes elegance and celebration. Use them as path lighting or as a magical backdrop for your top table or dance floor.
If you and your guests are celebrating well into the evening and the drinks are flowing, it’s always a good idea to offer an evening bite and Wintery snacks are just the thing to get your guests’ mouths watering. We’re thinking ham hock croquettes, turkey and cranberry sausage rolls, pumpkin soup shots, brie and chutney mini tartlets or burger sliders. If you’re going with a Christmas themed wedding then offering eggnog, mulled wine and a tower of mince pies could be just the ticket.
Steeped in history, find out more about holding a winter wedding reception at our Spitalfields Venue and make the cool months of winter something to look forward too!