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11 Jan 2013

Winter Wedding Tips from Carlton Towers

by Fran @ Hitched

Winter is a magical time of year and I always imagine roaring log fires, exquisite sunsets and the occasional flurry of snow, which I believe the UK is expected to receive at some point over the weekend!

If you’re planning a winter wedding for 2013/14 then now is the time to gain inspiration for your special day.  Imagine walking down the aisle in a white fur wrap to compliment your stunning dress, before taking advantage of stunning photo opportunities against a winter backdrop outside your cosy winter wedding venue.

The team at the Carlton Towers in Yorkshire are massive fans of a winter wedding and have shared their expert tips with me.

Arrive in style wrapped up and dressed to the nines in a beautiful warm wedding dress

One of the bonuses of a winter wedding is that your wedding dress can be as heavy or as full as you wish without worrying about being too warm during your Big Day.

Be adventurous with colour

If white is really not for you there are plenty of rich or bright shades which perfectly contrast against cool wintry settings - such as crimson or emerald green. Although wedding dresses can be colourful all year round choosing one for your winter wedding makes such a statement amongst more sepia toned scenery.

Hot Beverages for a party spirit!

Champagne is both elegant and traditional - especially for the ‘toast’ - but how about something different for the reception? Pimms is perfect for the height of summer so why not try the opposite for your wedding nuptials and let your guests indulge in the spiciness and festiveness of mulled wine.

Theme it ‘Winter’

So many luxury castles and houses are made for big parties – so if you’re choosing a venue such as Carlton Towers you really can have a ball with theming your wedding. Imagine placing festive garlands above the huge original fireplaces and drape them from the Minstrels’ gallery. Feature holly springs on the back of the banqueting chairs as an alternative to chair covers, and ensure your flower choices are brimming with rich colouring and the occasional sparkle of silver or gold. There is so much you can do to give your winter wedding a festive twist.

And finally…

Let it Snow!

How many of us worry about the weather, whether it be too hot and sticky or too cold and rainy? Couple that with your wedding day, and stress levels can get high just anticipating bad weather. By choosing to have a winter wedding you’re more likely to expect there to be snow on the ground; what better than a gentle snowfall to add to the excitement of the day. And what’s more, it means you can relax your feet in wellies under your wedding dress for some of the photos – and nobody will be any the wiser!

The Carlton Towers in Yorkshire still has availability for weddings between now and March 2013, so if you’re looking to get hitched before Easter then now is your chance!

Click here to contact the Carlton Towers directly.

Do you love the idea of having a winter wedding?

Fran x

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Published 11 Jan 2013 11:23 by Fran @ Hitched
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