Why get married in winter?

Though summer is a traditional choice, a winter wedding is truly romantic. Many brides and grooms choose to have their luxury wedding in winter for a number of reasons. Perhaps you’re keen skiers and love the mountains, the clean crisp air, the snow and the magnificent scenery. Or maybe, you’re a true romantic and want that fairytale winter wonderland wedding, with warm fires to gather round in the evening, and snowflakes creating a magical ambience for your photographs.

You may also choose a snowy winter wedding for practical reasons. For a start, as you won’t be roasting in the hot sun, you won’t need to worry about sweating in your wedding gown, so you’ll always look picture perfect. Plus the contrast of a snowy winter wedding and a honeymoon in a hot, exotic paradise is simply irresistible.

How can I create a fairytale bridal look for winter?

Every bride dreams of the perfect gown, and winter brides have so much scope when it comes to choosing the most romantic dress, designed to make you into a true ‘snow princess’. Winter wedding dresses tend to be created from luxurious fabrics such as taffeta, velvet, lace and fur (faux of course), which are the perfect materials to design something very special. You can also wear a beautiful cape with a fur trimmed hood, or a short faux fur jacket to stop you from freezing during photographs and outdoor parts of your ceremony.

Winter brides can also select gorgeous gowns in tones of champagne and silver for a magical contrast with the snowy landscape which looks amazing, and crystal accessories give the sparkle that the ‘ice maiden’ look demands. We tend to think of sun, sparkling of icicles and snow for winter weddings, so do bring out the diamonds!

How do I stage the perfect winter wedding?

There are many beautiful winter wedding ideas, including arriving in a horse drawn sleigh, or photographs taken during a flurry of snow for a fairytale look. If you’d like to discuss other ideas, or enquire about professional help, we’ll be happy to assist.

This is the time for elegance and sparkle. Decoration for winter wedding ceremonies and receptions can stunning. Choosing the perfect place to hold your romantic winter wedding is vital, and venues such as the new luxury hotel L’apogée in Courchevel are spectacular.

You can create authentic winter decor inside with traditional reds and whites, deep winter berries and oil lamps or candles. You could choose clear white and gold, or dark blue theme with bright white. Blue and purple lighting work so well in winter, or you could opt for masses of candles to create a very romantic ambience. Mirrored tables reflect candles and lamps and add to the sparkle.

Flowers and decoration can be outstanding, and dark blooms such as velvety red roses, poinsettia and iris create luxurious bouquets and centrepieces for dark and glamorous winter weddings. A wonderful bridal bouquet for a snowflake and crystal wedding might consist of white roses adorned with crystal brooches, while your own ‘forest’ of pine trees makes a fabulous centrepiece.