Venues like the glorious Holmewood Hall in Cambridgeshire are the perfect places for winter weddings, as they mingle stunning scenery, historic charm and sumptuous interiors.
However, when your guests are admiring the awe-inspiring gardens and lawns, they might find themselves rather nippy after a few moments outside in the cold.
If you want to keep your guests snug while they’re waiting outside for photographs or chatting with canapes and drinks, then we have the lowdown on how to keep your wedding guests warm at your winter wedding. Read on for more.
@theknot recommends opting for some favor ideas that will keep your guests warm and by combining your wedding favours with items that will help keep your guests toasty, you’ll be demonstrating some real wedding smarts.
Providing each guest with a blanket to snuggle under will certainly put you in their good books and it’s a lovely present that they’ll be able to cherish forever. Luckily, there’s so much you can do to keep your guests toasty warm – you don’t have to rely on dodgy patio heaters.
After the ceremony, when your guests are waiting for the reception to begin or for their turn in the spotlight whilst the photographs are being taken, you could keep everyone warm by serving warm drinks instead of cold champagne.
For example, hot chocolates for the children, and boozy hot chocolates for the mums and dads. Or if you’re getting married around Christmas, what about some steaming mugs of mulled wine? If you’re getting married the wrong side of Christmas and mulled wine seems too festive for February, you may also consider mulled cider to add a warm glow to everyone’s cheeks and keep the icicles from forming on Great Aunt Polly’s nose. The same applies for the canapes you’ll be serving. Instead of cold smoked salmon, think hot pigs in blankets.
Don’t forget to consider your wedding party too. The last thing you want is a bridesmaid collapsing with pneumonia! Think shawls, furs and pashminas. These all make fabulous wedding gifts to say thank you to your bridesmaids for being involved.
You could also consider choosing thicker fabrics for their dresses, such as velvets and taffetas, to ensure that they’re all as warm as possible. Groomsmen could even wear thermals under their suits if you’re planning on getting married somewhere really cold.
Finally, whilst candles don’t pack much heat, they add a romantic, warm and cosy glow to any event, helping to make everyone feel warm, relaxed and content.
So no matter how far the mercury dips this winter, there’s no excuse to leave your guests out in the cold with our top tips for keeping Jack Frost at bay!