Let’s be honest, it’s been an utterly rubbish year for weddings hasn’t it! So many couples have had to move their special day and it’s truly heartbreaking, however we must remember that love is not cancelled, just paused. As we are still no closer to knowing when any form of wedding can go ahead, we are starting to see a second wave of postponements and due to the sheer volume of weddings that have already moved, many couples are having to look at different seasons for their nuptials. Last week I asked my Instagram followers what worries they had about changing their wedding from summer to winter and I have answered these questions in this blog post today.
First, let’s chat ceremonies. The main concern for many couples has been regarding the lack of daylight in the winter months. Consider moving your ceremony to an earlier time to allow for this – anything between 12pm – 2pm would give you more than enough time in the daylight before dinner. We planned a wedding at 4pm in late October and the sun set right at the end of the drinks reception, allowing the photographer to get some incredibly epic portraits of our clients. If you cannot move your ceremony time, consider hosting a mini symbolic ceremony earlier in the day followed by a photo hour. Your legal ceremony can then proceed at the original time and dinner can directly follow.
Now let’s face it, we live in the UK, good weather isn’t confirmed in summer let alone winter and so many of you are worried about wet weather on your winter wedding days. We always work up a contingency plan for every wedding; no matter what time of year it is, so ensure you have yours in place. If you’re wedding is primarily indoors then your contingency may simply involve supplying a few umbrellas for the drunken walk to the taxi’s at the end of the night. However, if your wedding is an outdoor affair, looking into extra structures to provide cover is always key. Stretch tents, bell tents and small tipis are all fantastic structures that can be constructed very quickly and provide excellent shelter to the elements.
Many summer weddings use brighter colours to decorate as it compliments the weather and utilises what’s in season. If your summer wedding was using Sunflowers, how about considering golden and orange blousy Roses mixed with lots of foliage to create a similar look? Were you having beautifully blooming Peonies? How about Ranunculus in similar colours? There are so many beautiful flowers that are readily available in the winter months that you do not need to compromise on your wedding florals. Having a chat with your florist about similar blooms will show you that your dream floral design can still be just as show stopping, as they would have been in summer.
We wanted a BBQ as our wedding breakfast, what do we do now? Honestly, what is actually stopping you from having a BBQ in winter! We’ve attended many winter events (in the pouring rain sometimes) where our food has been collected from a food truck outside and honestly it’s been some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. Just last October, one of our clients served up a fantastic American-style BBQ to their guests. However, changing from one season to another does bring some food-related issues, for example, anyone thinking of supplying super juicy Strawberries at their December wedding, think again… but how good do winter berries taste? You see, there is always an alternative and your caterers will be able to suggest what seasonal foods will compliment your menu choice. Who knows, the new menu may even be better than the one you had before! WHAT ABOUT THE PIMMS! Did you know they have a winter version that tastes beautiful chilled and warmed and hands up, who has drunk Daiquiris at Christmas time? Just because a drink is intended for summer drinking doesn’t mean it has to be summertime to drink it. Many cocktails have winter counterparts that taste just as good, for example if you remove the orange juice from a traditional Pina Colada and serve with lots of crushed ice and winter berry garnish, you end up with a refreshing and tasty Winter Colada.
My dress doesn’t cover my arms and I’m worried I will be cold! I was definitely expecting to answer this question in this blog. If you are worried about how cold you will be on your wedding day then please speak to the boutique your purchased your dress from, or your seamstress about the addition of sleeves. Even if you just added a small sleeve to cover your shoulders and tops of your arms, you’ll be amazed at how much warmer you will feel. If the thought of having sleeves sends shivers down your spine, consider a cape or a shawl that can be removed when you start to feel warmer or when you head inside. There are so many options out there, that there is no need to be shivering on your wedding day. You don’t want to be your own something blue!
I hope this blog has helped sparked some ideas and given you a more relaxed outlook on your new wedding brief. If you do have any further worries or questions, please get in touch and we can discuss how you can transform your plans to fit the new season.