Are you lucky enough to be saying “I do” in a lavish winter wedding in the upcoming weeks? Then not only will you be amazingly excited but we’re guessing, you’ll be doing your best to ensure any loose ends are tied up. To make things easier, and hopefully, a lot less stressful, we thought we’d share these few last minute winter wedding tips to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible on your imminent big day. Winter wedding planning is indeed much better when done months in advance but as we all know, life doesn’t always go to plan, leaving you with things to do at the last minute. With this in mind, it can be all too easy to get carried away focusing on things that would otherwise be fine. So we’re going to draw attention to some of the more important things. First up, let’s take a look at the budget.
It’s always incredibly important to take a last look at your budget. Most of your major expenses should already be signed and paid for, which will give you a much better idea for what you have left to spend or in some cases, where you’ve gone over budget and may need to readjust. If you’re in the position where you’re still negotiating last minute prices with people such as photographers or florists, then it’s time to be upfront about what you can and more-importantly, can’t afford.
Next up, you’ll want to ensure your paperwork is all in order. This prevents you from being bogged down by paperwork on the big day itself and of course prevents any mishaps that could prevent you from marrying. You’ll also want to ensure that if you’re heading out on your honeymoon straight after, you have all of the necessary paperwork that you’ll need to fly out happy and stress free. Think travel money, passports, visas and of course, all the correct numbers to leave your loved ones should they need to get hold of you.
Once all of the business of budgets and paperwork is out of the way, it’s time to focus on the last minute finishing touches; from adding extras to your centrepieces to making sure the reception drinks are still what you want. For winter weddings, we find things as simple as glass jars with tea lights in make for a magical walkway, and are great especially when you don’t have much left in the budget to add a little extra sparkle.
Planning a winter wedding at the very last minute isn’t the easiest thing but it most certainly isn’t the end of the world. It’s simply a matter of taking stock of what still needs to be done and keeping calm throughout – easier said than done, we wholeheartedly understand. Here’s to a fabulous winter wedding at our amazing country house wedding venue, we simply can’t wait to have you here.
It’s pretty much a given that every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and while a bride’s style of course has an influence, so too does the season in which she says, “I do”. To help, we thought we’d piece together a fab guide to getting the perfect bridal winter wedding hair.
The Right Tools For The Right Job – with the harshness of the winter air and of course, the brutality of radiators, looking radiant can take a little extra work. Armed with the right products, hair styling tools and of course, a fabulous hair stylist, then your winter wedding hair will look nothing short of amazing. With winter wedding hair, you must remember that frizz becomes more of a problem as moisture gets sucked away causing it to become more static. Ensure natural bristle brushes are used or wide tooth wooden combs to help combat this.
Keep On Top Of Your Hair’s Condition – in the weeks and months (if you have enough time) you need to ensure you’re using a deep conditioning treatment in order to ensure not only is your hair moisturised but your scalp is too. Apply this frequently and ensure your locks are in optimum condition before your big day. It may feel like a lot of fuss but it really isn’t a lot of work. Simply apply before you step out of the shower and rinse ten minutes later. It’s much easier than you tell yourself it is. For strong, glossy locks, look to products containing keratin and be sure to use a good cleansing shampoo that will help prevent any product build up over time.
Fall In Love With The Updo – as a winter bride, it’s important to think about your own hair’s texture and type. The reason being is that due to the possibility of inclement weather, it always pays to work with your hair, instead of fighting against it. Take into consideration that fine, straight hair will be far more prone to drop curls while naturally thick hair may tend to frizz. With this in mind, it’s often best to opt for an updo when trying to tame unruly hair. It’s more likely to withstand the changes in temperature and moisture levels and will mean your hair can be neatly tucked away and won’t budge for the rest of the day.
Choose The Best Products – as any of our recommended hair stylists will tell you, using the best products is essential when it comes to ensuring your hair is in the best condition while also helping to avoid hair disasters on the big day. The hair products used will obviously depend on your hair type, the style you choose and of course the textured look you’re trying to achieve.
Think About Your Outfit – when it comes to bridal fashion during the winter months, brides will often choose a faux fur shrug or shawl to keep warm during their walk down the aisle and during photographs which is a consideration when picking your hairstyle; for instance, if you’re wearing a fur shrug, you must remember a low bun could easily rub against it, making it look unkempt. Not a look you want to achieve while saying “I do”.
We hope this guide to winter wedding hair helps you achieve the perfect look on your big day and remember, if you’re looking for an expert to take care of you on your big day, simply check out our list of preferred suppliers here.
From snowflakes to pinecones, winter weddings are always usually full to the brim with these tried and tested motifs but you don’t have to stick with these go-to pieces. Here are some fantastic ways to really reinvent your winter wedding here at That Amazing Place.
Wedding Colours – reds and greens are the obvious choice when it comes to winter colour choices but overdo them and you’ll be left with a Christmas feel on your big day. As always, here at That Amazing Place, we suggest a less is more approach. Check out silvers and whites with a few crystal accents to really give you a wintery feel. Think white velvet aisle runners, white satin ribbons on chair and even elegant white orchids. If you’re looking to battle the elements by exchanging vows outside, then you may even want to hand out transparent umbrellas and chunky knit blankets in white and grey tones.
Wedding Flowers – red roses and calla lilies are the obvious choice when it comes to wedding flowers in winter but what about stepping outside of the obvious once again and opting for different winter blooms. Consider much fuller flowers like hydrangeas or even ranunculus’s. You may even want to consider using simple options such as white ribbons to accent the green stems of your florals. If you’re looking to add a little sparkle, you may want to look at a few crystal embellishments too.
Wedding Invitations – with the majority of winter weddings being held indoors, the general consensus is that a winter wedding invitation should remain quite formal and as such, you’ll want to look at heavy cardstock with perhaps some navy blues, maybe even chocolate browns with hand calligraphy. If you’re looking to achieve the formal tone with something a little different, then why not look at frosted invitations with a little white/silver scripted ink? Finish them off with silver envelopes and you’ve got the perfect wedding invite for your heavenly winter wedding.
Wedding Table Centerpieces – if you’re looking to do something different then you’re going to want to think beyond the glowing candles to add warmth. Think of bringing the icy outdoors indoors to add drama with ice carved vases on tables. Fill the vases with winter white branches and even a few added crystals. This will help to reflect light from the tables too.
Wedding Drinks – who doesn’t love a cocktail? We certainly do and we guarantee your guests will but a winter wedding calls for something a little more warming than your usual daiquiri. Think warming spirits and hot apple ciders. You might also want to consider those who may not be drinking too (thank the lord for designated drivers) and consider adding a hot chocolate beverage with a spin in the form of white hot chocolate and even eggnog if you’re a fan of your American siblings?
Wedding Cake – last but not least, lets think about the most important piece in the room – your wedding cake. White, red and green ribbons look pretty, they also offer that Christmas feel again. If however, you can find a cake maker willing to push the fondant envelope a little, you’re winning. Think of playing up the season once again with white vintage style cakes, such as the new “naked” cakes with barely any frosting. You could even opt for edible silver dusting and crystal drop accents to really create a winter feel.
If you’d like more top tips or simply a little helping guidance when it comes to putting together your winter wedding, simply contact us today. Our events planner Angie will be only too happy to help!