When it comes to weddings, it’s pretty much a given that chilly months of winter aren’t the most desirable (that honor goes to June and September.) Indeed, spring and fall weddings are lovely, and summer weddings have their perks, but we think there’s something absolutely charming about saying your “I dos” with a gorgeous wintry backdrop.
Below, here are 6 reasons to consider a winter wedding.
1. It’s going to cost less.
Since winter is a less desirable time for weddings, your services are going to be way cheaper. Most vendors are hungry for business between December and March, so you’ll be able to choose ones you really want and have more room to negotiate.
2. You’ll need less planning time.
Less planning time is needed, because many venues and vendors have greater availability during slower months, and don’t book up nearly as fast as they do during peak wedding season.
3. The backdrop will be gorgeous.
Sure, palm trees and the ocean are pretty, but —if you’re having a rustic winter wedding—there’s something downright geogeous about a snowy backdrop for photos. Same goes for a chic big-city wedding: There’s definitely an added glamour factor to places like hotels in the winter.
4. It gives your guests something to look forward to.
All weddings are festive by nature, but those held in winter are always a little more so. Why? Because they’re a little more unique in the sense that most of us don’t have many to attend, so it’s a given that your guests will be looking forward to adding your nups to their likely vacant winter social calendars. Plus, winter isn’t prime travel season like summer, so odds are you’ll have everyone you want there.
5. Your hair will look amazing.
Sounds superficial, but guess what? If you have hair that starts to look like Brillo pad at the slightest hint of moisture in the air, you’ll know what we mean. Every other season besides winter has a high chance of humidity. Score. And since we’re on the topic of beauty, you can have a little more with your makeup—deep red lips and flushed cheeks are gorgeous in the winter—without the worry of sweating too much.
6. You can be unique with your dress
A few seasons ago, J. Crew showcased long white silk skirts with stunning sleeveless mongolian fur vests, and it was enough to make us want to tie the knot in a climate where wearing it would make sense. Even if you’re into more traditional dresses, your options aren’t limited to the standard strapless gown. In winter, you’re able to think about long-sleeve gowns, deeper shades, heavier fabrics, and glamorous accessories.
In fact, according to the Telegraph, a recent surge in winter weddings is said to be impacting wedding attire, with more designers offering interesting coats, shawls and different colored dresses from the traditional white and ivory gowns bought by most brides.
If you’re planning your 2015 wedding, then you need to know about next year’s fantastic wedding flower trends! From bouquets to hair accessories to venue decoration, we spoke to some of our favourite florists to find out their hottest flower trends of 2015 – check out what they had to say!
Inspired by A-list celebrity weddings such as Kim and Kanye, next year’s brides are choosing full-on luxury for their wedding flowers. “This look is all about high flower content,” says expert florist Sabine, of G Lily. “Avoid foliage and exposed stems – instead, choose romantic blooms like hydrangea, hyacinths and orchids in creamy pastel colours. This is one for brides with a big flower budget, otherwise you risk breaking the bank!”
If you want to make an impact with your wedding flowers but don’t have a Kardashian budget, take a look at Sabine’s suggestions for surprisingly cheap wedding flowers!
The ‘just-picked-from-the-garden’ look has been popular with brides throughout 2014, and this gorgeous trend doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere for the next year!
“Next summer, brides will choose softly-coloured blooms that reflect the gentle tones of the English garden,” says Judith, professional florist and principal of The Judith Blacklock Flower School. “Instead of having a massed rose bouquet or other bouquet of one single flower, choose mixed flowers that look like they could come from the garden.” We love the look of sweet peas, garden roses and tulips.
If you’re having an autumn wedding, then why not choose flowers inspired by the woodland? “Try ferns, foxgloves and blowsy roses,” says Sabine. “The look you’re going for is unstructured and wild.” You could even use acorns, oak leaves and moss in your centrepieces to really reflect the season.
Once reserved for wedding blogs and Pinterest, more and more brides are now embracing the surprisingly wearable flower crown. “In recent months, we’ve definitely seen an increase in brides wearing beautiful floral crowns, and we predict it will continue into 2015,” says Gemma of Passion for Flowers. “Depending on the overall feel and theme of your wedding, these can be made from pretty delicate flowers like gypsophila, or a fuller blooms like roses and hydrangeas for more impact.”
Classic and clean
For every bride who loves the wildflower look, there’s another who wants a much cleaner, classic bouquet. White and ivory look set to remain popular throughout 2015, as do traditional blooms like roses and calla lilies.
“The timeless combination of white and green is still preferred by many brides, who want a simple, elegant feel to their bouquet,” says Jen Hollingworth at Flowers by Suzanne. “Another way they can achieve this is by grouping a single flower variety, for example ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses. Using a large number of stems of a single flower variety is an easy way to create impact while keeping the simplicity.”
Using natural, earthy materials as part of your wedding bouquet is an unusual trend that’s becoming popular with bohemian brides. “Incorporating wool products into bouquets as a feature is the latest trend in Europe, and it’s making its way to the UK,” says Judith. “A wool-wrapped bouquet looks particularly good in the winter!” We think that shades of ivory and soft grey would complement a bouquet of white anemones, lamb’s ear and pussy willow.
Like the idea of a non-traditional wedding bouquet? Check out our list of quirky alternatives here!
Pastel colours are always popular when the weather starts to get warmer, and this extends to wedding flowers too! “A soft and creamy colour palette will stay with us through spring and summer 2015, enhanced by large open flowers which have that quintessential country garden feel,” says the team at Interflora Vera Wang. “Next year is tipped to be one of pale and pastel colours, so we’ve tailored The Vera Wang Wedding Collection by Interflora to deliver these on-trend looks.”
“Pastels, soft whites and creams are definitely the dominant colours of the season,” agrees Jo Hornsby of The Daisy Chain. Here at Wedding Ideas, we particularly love the look of peonies in ice cream shades like peach, lemon and pink.
Don’t forget about your floral reception decorations! “If your venue has lovely grounds, choose a statement tree and have bottles hanging from branches filled with pretty blooms,” suggests Gemma. “These can make a wonderful backdrop for photos. You could also use the whole tree as an alternative wedding guest book, asking guests to write their messages on luggage tags and to tie them to the hanging bottles.”