Tis the season to be… wed!

There's something inexplicably lovely about the festive season. All around, there's a definite sense of cheer in the air, cosiness is valued highly, and it's a perfectly social season, too. It makes sense, then, that a winter wedding is the dream for many engaged couples!

But, with the big day itself sitting on December 25th, it can be a challenge to strike the right balance between festive and romantic when it comes to the winter wedding aesthetic. Here are some of our tips for helping strike the balance.

Choose your motifs wisely

While snowflakes are a beautifully delicate symbol of the season, and look stunning when elegantly embossed on heavyweight cream card stock - perfect for invites - other festive motifs won't have the same effect. Avoid Christmas characters (sorry, Santa) and animals associated with them like polar bears, penguins and reindeer, and instead opt for purely wintery symbols. This is especially true when it comes to your wedding stationary, as this sets the tone for your special day.

Keep it classy

It's oh-so easy to indulge in a little bit of fun when it comes to Christmas, but when it comes to room décor, it's essential to keep to the theme in only the most elegant of ways. With the centre pieces for example, avoid jolly snowmen characters, and perhaps opt for delicate fairy-light adorned branch arrangements, or even opt for vases full of white, snow-coloured flowers with a sprig of mistletoe and holly. It goes without saying that a snow machine should best be left out of proceedings!

Consider your menu

Food is a complicated affair when it comes to a winter wedding. On the one hand, certain things like mince pies and pigs in blankets are one of the best bits about the season, but they're also so intrinsically linked with Christmas! After all, you don't want your guests to feel like they're at an elaborate Christmas dinner - your wedding should be remembered in its own right.

Instead, perhaps steer clear of the popular post-wedding roast dinner, and opt for something a little different. Dauphinoise potatoes always go down a treat, and you can't beat a medley of roasted winter veg - perhaps served with beef wellington, or a slow-cooked lamb shank?

Dessert is easier to differentiate from a Christmas-style meal - leave the heavy fruit cake puddings, and adopt something warming like hot chocolate fudge cake, or cinnamon and apple pie. You could even serve up some peppermint hot chocolates with tea and coffee for ultimate winter vibes!

Of course, your wedding can be anything you want it to be - these are just some ideas if you're looking to remove the seasonal festivities from your special day.  At the end of it all, as long as you have a wedding day you'll remember for the rest of your lives for all the right reasons, we consider that an absolute success!

These are just a few of our top tips for your special day - but we'd love to know if you've any more to add! Let us know in the comments if you had a winter wedding, and how you themed your day. 

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