French Style Winter Wedding Ideas

Written by on December 9, 2013 in Wedding Expertise

winter wedding ideas

Whilst December and January might not be the most traditional or even popular months for weddings, choosing to get married in winter has so many positives. However the challenges in arranging a winter wedding should be well planned for to avoid potential problems…

Winter Wedding Ideas with Oh la la

Before embarking on a winter wedding, weather is one of the largest considerations. A remote Chateau dusted with a blanket of snow might be your dream venue, but during heavy snowfall, rural roads could become impassable. If you have guests flying in from across the globe, does the nearest airport have a good reputation of coping well with winter conditions?

How will your guests feel on your wedding day in the cold of winter? Visiting your chosen venue during the summer months can make it hard to visualise any potential problems during the winter. The easiest way is to do a walk through at night when it is colder, this way you might foresee potential problems, such as; grit for a sloppy path, umbrellas for when guests arrive, torches or lights for guests to return to gites late at night, pashminas for the ladies who are a little chilly and bridal wellies for those pictures that you desire against the snowy estate backdrop. This is not set to dishearten you against a winter wedding, but preparation is key.

One of the beautiful elements of getting married in the winter and over the festive season is the different decorative styles that you can bring to your big day.

Winter Wonderland Wedding

winter wedding ideas

Creating a winter wonderland look is all in the details and it doesn’t have to mean it is all about expense. A great idea is to use items such as discounted fake fruit, coat with glitter and white crystals and voila – an eye catching and inexpensive decoration!

Looking to nature provides for a great source of inspiration and materials.  Pine cones dusted with silver sparkles and a pretty name tag can make for a magical place setting; old branches and twigs arranged in a vase with a touch of glitter, can add a sparkling touch.

Of course to create the ultimate luxurious winter wonderland, an abundance of white and ivory blooms will transform the most basic of spaces into an opulent dream wedding venue.

French Festive style for a winter wedding

winter wedding ideas

Deep reds, golds and rustic greens adorn a wedding full of festive cheer. This wedding theme is about celebrating the season, encapsulating your guests’ existing festive spirit into your wedding day.

For the budget conscious bride many venues already have Christmas trees and other large statement festive decorations for their Christmas season. Simply ask your wedding venue co-ordinator what the venue’s Christmas theme is this year, thus enabling you to co-ordinate with it. No need to spend large amounts of money on garlands for grand stairs or decorations for fireplaces, as most feature elements have already been decorated by the venue.

As most venues continue to offer late Christmas parties into January, the decorations don’t usually come down at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Day. However if you are planning a January wedding, do be sure to check the date that the decorations are being taken down.

Have a wonderful festive season to all the couples getting married!

Visit French Wedding Style for more information on getting married in France or adding some French style to your wedding day.

Top Photo: Source: Rik Pennington; Middle photo: Cake: Cakes by Beth, Bouquet: Anastasiya Belik Photography, Winter Dessert Table: Botinica Florals, Pears: Simply Southern, Tablescape: Photographer She Wanders Photography, Pine Cone Setting; WeddingOmania; Bottom photo: Cakes by Beth (as middle photo), Bride and Bridesmaids: InBliss Weddings  Decoration Heart: Krista Kelanen Photography, Christmas Table: To the Bride and Groom, Candy Favours: The Curiosity Project, Ice Drinks Bucket: The Studio B Photography

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