Wedding Planning

Top tips to host the perfect winter wedding

Winter wedding

If you’re looking to escape the busy summer season and create an original, atmospheric  wedding, then winter – all roaring fires and festive spirit - is the perfect time to do it. Follow the advice of Jenny Ashton-Smith, Wedding Coordinator at Cripps’s spectacular new wedding barn, The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey, to create a memorable winter wedding setting:

Five tips for the perfect winter wedding

1.       Light the way:

Winter wedding

Styling a Winter wedding

Winter styling

Wintertime is such a magical time for styling a Wedding - who doesn't love the idea of velvet dresses, maribou trim and candlelight??  Planning a wedding at this time allows the lavish use of light and candles and at the Letteroom we have a fabulous selection of LED Jars and Bottles which would make a fantastic statement when used in your Wedding Styling plans.

These beautiful Sparkle LED Jam Jars would light up any Winter Wedding or party table and create a magical light effect across the room.

What to consider when planning a winter wedding

Winter wedding

Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan Ltd talks to Vows and Venues about her top tips for planning a Winter wedding.

When imagining a winter wedding, I immediately think of crackling fires, warm and furry wraps and lots of twinkly lights and candles – lovely!  ...but remember, whilst winter is a beautiful time of the year it brings with it potential challenges and considerations.

Here are my top tips ‘things to remember’ when planning a winter wedding:

Low season discounts, anyone?

Winter wedding tips from La Fête

Winter Wedding

Planning beautiful weddings, celebrations and honeymoons in stunning locations for a worldwide client base, bespoke event planner La Fête offer once in a lifetime experiences. An expert in creating magical moments, here La Fête’s founder Charlotte Ricard shares her ultimate tips for a winter wedding with the added wow factor.

1. Create a sumptuous ambience

‘I love the fact that you can play with a variety of different colour palettes and textures in winter, such as deep greens and reds, and fabrics such as crushed velvet. This is a great way to give your venue a luxurious feel as well as a warm and inviting atmosphere. I always think winter weddings seem more magical somehow’

What about a winter wedding in the mountains?

Winter wedding

Marriage in the mountains: Say ‘I Do’ at Mont Blanc and have a wonderful winter wedding

Les Rives d’Argentière - the 5-star hamlet of chalets in Chamonix, Mont-Blanc -  is pleased to announce that it is now accepting bookings from wedding parties offering a breath-taking venue for those wishing to celebrate their nuptials amongst the Alps. 

With so many couples searching for memorable wedding venues, and more and more willing to travel to find that picture-perfect ‘instagram-able’ destination, the five-star luxury ski resort in Chamonix Mont-Blanc is following suit with many of its American counterparts by offering its services to couples tying the knot. 

Have a cosy winter wedding

Hylands winter wedding

Autumn and winter weddings are becoming more and more popular. On a crisp, sunny day there is nothing more impressionable than walking or driving through parkland covered in snow or being surrounded by horse chestnut trees to eventually arrive at a cosy and welcoming reception.  Michelle Marwood, Events & New Business Coordinator at Hylands House, Essex, gives her ideas on how to have a perfect winter wedding.

There are several ways to make a winter wedding truly romantic.

Firstly ensure that the venue is heated and select one that has picturesque interiors to provide amazing indoor photographs when the weather is bad.

Choose somewhere that has a beautiful exterior to stand out in people’s memories so that they forget the weather.

Advice for entering married life on the best financial foot

Financial advice for wedding

Along with buying your first property, paying for a wedding can be one of the most expensive things you are likely to do in life. In fact, recent research shows that the average cost of a British wedding is now £26,989 (and rising). As a result, many newlyweds start their marriage in debt, putting a slight dampener on the new marital bliss. Pension and savings specialists Standard Life have provided some tips around how to combat this potentially stressful situation so you can enter married life on the best financial foot.

How to enter life on the best financial foot

Make a budget and stick to it

The world's first wedding department store opens its doors

The wedding Mezzanine of The Wedding Gallery, London

The Wedding Gallery has officially announced its opening. Located in the heart of London beneath weddings and events venue One Marylebone, the 20,000sq ft space has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and is set to become the new epicentre of global wedding planning.

The ultimate wedding retail destination promises to immerse couples in an enchanting 75-minute journey through wedding wonderland, offering an exclusive, year-round showcase of the latest trends, inspiration and ideas across all elements of the planning process.

Two wedding events you need in your diary

Wedding Showcase

Dreaming of your perfect Derbyshire wedding day? Look no further than The Folly to help inspire you for your big day, with 2 wedding events.

This November, The Farmhouse at Mackworth’s event space - The Folly, are hosting two wedding events designed to help you envisage your perfect day; The Wedding Fayre (5th November) and The Wedding Showcase (7th November). Both of these events will feature the stunning work of local suppliers, the most skilled designers and their inspiring decorations and unique themes. With everything from dress designs, colour scheme mood boards, keepsakes and flower arrangements, let the team at The Folly take you on a journey to your picture-perfect day. 

Top tips for a Fairytale wedding


QUEEN of Events and founder of award-winning events company, She’s Gott It! Events Nickie Gott shares her top tips to help brides and grooms-to-be plan the ultimate fairytale wedding that is both glamourous and magical from beginning to end.

Location is everything

After deciding on a fairytale theme, the next thing to think about is the venue. Choosing the place to host your ceremony and reception can be key to creating a fabulous atmosphere on the big day. Lavish stately homes, manor houses and enchanted castles located far away from the real world offer the perfect place to tie the knot and often have beautiful backdrops to capture a memorable photo fit for any prince and princess.

Top tips for planning a winter wedding

Camilla Reynolds Photography

Leanne Cheek, Barn Manager at Healey Barn in Northumberland provides her top tips for planning a winter wedding.

In most parts of the country, throwing a winter wedding is a gamble but falling temperatures are no reason to avoid having the wedding you want. It’s important to consider light, warmth and foliage as a foundation for your setting. Embrace the colder days and darker nights and create a stunning, inviting and snug wedding setting with the right mix of decor and accessories. 

Rendezvous St Lucia  - The Destination Wedding You’ve Always Dreamt About

beach wedding

When it comes to picking the perfect location for the destination wedding of your dreams, the choices can seem endless.  And being a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly.  Fortunately, there’s an idyllic, breath-taking location that offers the chance to truly experience the wedding you’ve always dreamt about.

Rendezvous, is a postcard-perfect, couples-only, all-inclusive resort located on the North West of the St Lucia.  An idyllic and intimate Caribbean hideaway designed exclusively for couples, the resort offers the Premium “Ever After” Wedding Collection. Set on a picturesque two-mile stretch of white sandy beach surrounded by seven acres of tropical gardens, Rendezvous can transform your wedding fantasy into reality.

A Portuguese Destination Wedding

Portuguese wedding

Sarah’s & Paul’s Portuguese Destination Wedding 

We ways knew of each other as we grew up but never really spoke to one another. One night back in 2009 we were both out for a friends celebration drinks and ended up chatting. Paul had a bit of a reputation so I insisted it was going to lead to nothing and didn't think much of it. He was very persistent and three days later we went on our first date to Nandos and the cinema.

Hawkstone Hall Set To Become One Of The UK's Most Prestigious Wedding Venues

Hawkstone Hall Set To Become One Of The UK's Most Prestigious Wedding Venues

Hawkstone Hall, a magnificent Grade I listed 18th Century mansion, will open in summer 2018. Anticipation is building ahead of its launch, as the venue is set to become one of the most sought after wedding venues in the UK.


The country estate has been purchased by The Distinctly Hospitable Group, making them the fourth owner in the property’s 550 year history. A sympathetic refurbishment is currently being planned to breathe new life into the spectacular Georgian property.


Planning the proposal of their dreams


Planning a proposal can feel like a lot of pressure, particularly when it comes to choosing the engagement ring. However, a recent survey conducted by ROX Diamonds & Thrills and Confetti found the majority of brides are happy with the ring they receive, with over 75% of respondents believing their partner knew their jewellery tastes really well.  This leaves almost a quarter of those surveyed wishing their partner had asked for a little help when choosing their ring.