Congratulations, it’s time to start planning your special day! This blog gives you plenty of small, intimate winter wedding ideas!
Planning your winter wedding
It may come as no surprise that most weddings take place in the summer months of July and August, but what may surprise you is the amount who marry in winter. According to research, only 5% of weddings take place in the winter months! That makes your winter wedding plans even more special.
When planning a winter wedding, you’ve likely already accepted that the weather may not be the best. Who’s to say it would actually be any better during the summer months?
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a crisp winter’s day with the sun beaming down! Or perhaps you’ll experience extreme winter, and the snow will fall; either way, you can create a beautiful winter wedding day.
Small winter wedding venues
Your wedding venue is one of the first things you’ll need to tick off. It’s quite likely that you’re endlessly scrolling for small winter wedding venues near me. There are plenty to choose from. You may even receive a discount for booking during the quieter months of the year.
When you find a venue you love, get in touch with them and ask about their wedding facilities. Some venues will offer winter wedding packages with different price points and criteria. This should provide you with an idea of how many guests you can have.
A small intimate wedding means different things to different people, but as long as you’re clear on what you want from your wedding day, you’ll be fine. Perhaps you plan to have up to 50 people at your wedding, or maybe a few more; the choice is yours.
It is very important to ensure that your wedding day is exactly how you’d like it and that it matches you and your partner. Even with a smaller wedding, there is lots to think about and lots of ways that your wedding can be made more personal. We can help you find the perfect venue for your December wedding.
Small intimate winter wedding ideas on a budget
You can still create a stunning wedding on a budget. We’ve got plenty of winter wedding ideas for you to consider. For more information, you can check out our blog on how to create a wedding budget.
Head outdoors and keep guests warm in the colder weather!
We know that an outdoor wedding in winter might sound like a crazy idea, but hear us out. There’s nothing cosier than being outside with heaters and blankets, and that’s exactly what you could achieve. Imagine a stunning wedding tent with hearty food, plenty of fairy lights and a gorgeous fire pit; it’s the perfect intimate wedding set-up!
Want to create even more of a winter vibe? Why not consider creating your own Christmas tree farm? Your wedding photos will look incredible!
Many couples getting married on a budget are able to use their home or a family member’s home for the reception. This creates a very personal touch to your wedding. You could decorate the house with a winter wonderland theme for all the guests, and you’ll still save lots of money.
If you’re getting married during the festive period, you could add a real twist to the buffet and include lots of festive food. It’s all about pigs in blankets and a warming, sticky toffee pudding.
If you’re only planning on having a small number of guests at your wedding, you could consider getting married on a weekday. Weekend weddings are popular and generally easier for most guests to attend, but if you have invited fewer people, it may not be a problem. In addition, many venues will offer lower prices for a weekday wedding package, which is perfect if you’re on a budget.
Ask others how they can help
Perhaps your friend works in design and can help you with printing wedding invitations, or another friend is great at makeup; it’s always a good idea to ask if they can help you out! Not only does it save you some money, but it also makes your day even more personal!
Wondering how you can include some wintry entertainment? Worry not; all you need is space for a dance floor. You could ask a friend to take care of the DJing for you or see if a local is available for some live music. Time to get the wedding party started!
How to create a cosy, small, intimate winter wedding
Adding candles to your wedding venue can really help to keep things cosy. Their flickering glow brightens up the room and helps to keep guests warm too – bonus! You could place candles down the aisle and have them on each table setting at your evening reception.
Simple, white pillar candles are a great idea for your intimate winter wedding. You can spruce up the area with a garland runner, twinkle lights and possibly even a neon sign!
Winter wedding cake
The cutting of your wedding cake is an important part of your day, so you’ll want to make sure that it matches the rest of your decoration. We think whites and browns are a great idea, with a hint of a brighter colour. Many also choose to add an outdoor theme to their winter wedding cake by including a wooden stand and pine cones to the design.
You’ll likely want your wedding flowers to match the colours of the rest of your day, and that’s definitely a good idea. To stick to a lower budget, you should consider seasonal flowers. There are plenty of flowers to choose from, so you can definitely create a stunning bouquet!
If you fancy something a little different, why not use dry flowers for your winter wedding bouquet? You could create something stunning with gold leaf-dried flowers! Another option is a bouquet filled with red flowers and white cherry blossoms, perfect for the winter season.
Winter wedding outfit ideas
You might have been thinking about your wedding dress for a long time, so you probably have a few ideas. For winter weddings, many brides choose to add a shawl to keep them warm throughout the day. Another option is to choose a winter wedding dress with sleeves.
Make sure you don’t leave dress shopping too late, as you may need the dress ordering, and you’ll have frequent dress fittings.
Mulled wine & hot cocoa station
Goodbye for now, pumpkin spice! At your winter wedding, it’s all about hearty food and hot drinks! You could have a mulled wine, and hot chocolate station set up, where guests can help themselves.
Maybe you’d like to spice up the drinks reception with a cocktail hour? Each drink can have a winter theme.
A Christmas wedding is the perfect time to get creative with your wedding favours. What about creating mini hot chocolate kits for guests to take home after the wedding? Don’t forget to add candy canes for an extra seasonal touch!
At Creative, our wedding planners near Manchester work closely with couples to deliver the wedding of your dreams. We can have as much involvement as you wish, so whether you need a little help with decor, planning the guest list, or you want us on hand every step of the way, we can help. Get in touch with our friendly team today to start planning your winter wonderland wedding.