5 Top Tips for Choosing a Winter Wedding Venue
Choosing a winter wedding venue will involve thinking about a number of issues those who opt to wed in summer will not have to consider. Here are those issues and how to factor them into your search to ensure you choose the right winter wedding venue.
Choosing to have your wedding in winter will somewhat reduce your choice of venues, or should. Uunheatable spaces are all instantly out of the question – and as for why, the answer should be obvious; choosing an unheated, outdoor or poorly insulated venue for a wedding held between November and February isn’t just a bad idea, it is one which could spell disaster for your big day for a number of reasons:
- A venue devoid of heat will result in a frosty atmosphere as you and your guests will be too preoccupied feeling cold to enjoy the day.
- A cold venue will result in guests leaving early as the lack of heat becomes unbearable, especially as temperatures tend to drop later in the day and as night draws in.
- Low temperatures can exacerbate a number of health problems, illnesses and conditions which might affect some of your guests and potentially jeopardise their health and wellbeing
- Some guests might even refuse to attend if their concerns over heating can’t be satisfied or answered, or it becomes clear a venue is likely to lack adequate heating
Hence, to avoid the above issues, you will need to carefully tailor your search for a venue when getting hitched in the winter season, and this will necessarily rule out a number of venues.
This needn’t be a reason to get cold feet over throwing a winter wedding though; in fact, having the season tailor your search for you can make an otherwise overwhelming search for the perfect venue far more manageable and easy. So, before giving up on the idea of getting hitched in winter, give the following tips a read to learn how to turn realise your hopes of a winter wonderland wedding.
Considering location for a winter wedding, it is paramount to conduct your search during winter the year ahead. If you conduct a search in summer, you will have no real idea what the venue will look like on a winter morning or evening or if it will be as awe-inspiring on a literally rainy, snowing or frosty day. Reiterated, almost any venue, dappled in sunlight and warmth in summer is easy to fall in love with. Meanwhile, neither warmth nor a sizzling sun are likely to attend a wedding held in December. Hence, visit venues the winter ahead of getting wed at the very latest – and whilst visiting, remember to notice whether outside areas are being well maintained. Further, directly ask whether outside areas and paths will be salted / gritted or otherwise made safe for guests to use, especially as it is likely a number of guests will be arriving in towering heels and perhaps enjoying a warming tipple or two before leaving again and it is all too easy for ground frost to turn become compacted and slippery.
Location is also important to think carefully about because how far from your home and where your guests live will need taking into consideration. That is, If travelling far, remember to de-ice cars in the morning and check weather reports the night before; if there has been snow fall, heavy rain or ice this could all affect your journey to a venue. Roads could be closed off, snowed in and conditions such as icy roads could increase your journey time as you and your guests might need to reduce your speeds, or even device a new route at short notice. For these reasons, classic car hire companies might also be unable to provide transport during winter months as low temperatures can adversely affect the mechanics of older cars and reduce the distances they can travel reliably.
Finally, do not assume all your guests will be able to stay in accommodation to prevent having to travel to a venue on the morning of a wedding or commit to an overnight stay; guests might have pets to return to, children to consider, health reasons for returning home or simply not be in a financial position to afford staying away from home for a night or more.
Choosing a Traditional Winter Venue
A traditional venue for a winter wedding is the most popular option here in Britain; many couples enjoy the cosiness and comfort provided by a warm country house hotel situated in a rural location and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Hence, even in the winter season, the country hotels provided by Lake District Hotels, for example, provide popular and ideal options. Then, it is useful to give the Lake District Country Hotel’s website a visit to see what they advise and offer couples planning a winter wedding.
Suffice to say, at the very least, it is worth looking for a hotel, country house or combined venue which is sizable as it is likely you will be spending much of your wedding day indoors and as such it is important to ensure the venue feels cosy rather than cramped.
Further, because a traditional venue is likely to occupy a period property and might as such offer less scope to get creative with lighting and natural light will be reduced during winter, it is worth searching for venues which provide open fire places. Not only will an open fire place provide light, it will also help to create and furnish a winter reception with warmth and atmosphere.
Modern Winter Venues
Because during winter there is far less natural light and the days are shorter, then the darkness can provide exciting and unique opportunities to get creative with lighting and this is extremely true when considering a modern venue as the specific architecture and features used to create and built many modern venues champion light and are far more adaptable.
Then, to find a modern or contemporary wedding venue sure to wow in winter, search for a venue which features heavy use of windows and even entire glass frontages and walls as the contrast this will create between the light contained within them set against the lack of it outside will prove aesthetically stunning and literally light up and illuminate your reception. Two great options sure which prove and show what can be achieved (and what to look for in a modern and contemporary winter venue) are The Boat House at Ashton Marina and The Leicester Mariette Hotel, which you can learn more about via the Confetti website.
Both featuring a good deal of glass and making some fantastic use of design and lighting, these two entirely different options don’t only prove popular and stunning winter wedding venues, but those choosing to wed at either venue during the winter season can expect to make significant savings over holding their wedding and / or reception during the far more popular and sought after summer months. Comparing these very different winter wedding venues is also eye opening in that it shows that getting wed in winter is not only possible but that doing so can open up rather than reduce your chances of throwing a truly magical big day.
Catering and Decorating
When planning a winter wedding and looking for the perfect venue, there are two major and additional considerations you will want to give special thought. Firstly, catering for a winter wedding will in most cases involve opting to go for a sit down meal rather than offering a buffet option for guests. Quite simply, winter means gusts will expect a hot meal rather than a choice of nibbles, salads and cold food. Consequently, it is worth narrowing your search down to venues that are able to cater for and provide hot meals.
Secondly, decorating a venue will need to be considered. Some venues have specific rules about the sorts of decorations, lights and extras they permit couples to use within their premises. For example, some venues prohibit the use of candles – usually for safety reasons. Meanwhile, other venues might be able to help you to decorate the venue, drawing upon ideas of their previous couples. Hence, when visiting a venue this is an issue you will want to discuss before you start to visualise what might be possible and in fact in order to begin visually how a space of venue could be turned into your dream winter wedding wonderland.
Meanwhile, for some inspiration as to winter wedding themes to get you inspired and help you in your search, give the 100 Ideas for a winter wedding Slideshow featured on the Bridal Guide website a browse.