Wedding planning tips for the quirky and brave wanting a chilly winter wedding.

How to plan a winter wedding

I thought I’d write a series of blog posts, helpful blogs to help and guide you beautiful couples. The first In my series is around how to plan a winter wedding, and I’m keeping this one relatively short and straight to the point, talking about a couple of main key aspects to consider for your big day.

Winter weddings truly are beautiful, in fact… they are spectacular, but they need to be thought of slightly differently to your average summer high season wedding.

I’d highly recommend having a ceremony no later than 1pm, the reason being, by the time it comes to your formal portraits it will be dark. Of course this is great if you are wanting a dramatic studio lit image, however I personally think the vast majority of your images should be the most beautiful natural, that low sun giving stunning glare, with later on into your evening taking 10 minutes to grab a few of those dramatic images.

dramatic ceremony image of bride and groom in belle époque in Manchester for their dramatic and moody winter wedding

The cold

This is a biggy for me, you should think about ways to keep warm, wear a fur shrug or go for an edgy look with a leather jacket over your wedding attire. This keeps you looking super stylish but still keeps you warm. Also, think about your guests too, maybe having your reception and ceremony all in one location may be an idea to stop guests having to travel between venues in the bleak weather. Maybe choosea venue with outside heaters and make it quirky by adding blankets outside, it’s personal, it looks epic and your guests will love you.

winter wedding photography

The weather

Typical Britain we get lots of rain and lovely snow showers in the winter. My advice would be to buy a snazzy umbrella to keep you dry and keep you looking stylish. It doesn’t have to be white like a typical bridal umbrella, it can be edgey and quirky to fit in with your theme.

Next is about selecting your venue, if it rains or snows you should think about your formal portrait opportunities, most people don’t want to venture outside in the freezing cold and torrential rain, so think about whether your venue is pretty inside or quirky and has potential places to do things like your formal group pictures, your couples pictures etc. If it’s cool indoors then great there’ll be no need to drag your butts outside to get these epic images… I certainly would prefer not to brave the cold!

alternative wedding photographer
lake vrynwy hotel wedding photographer, autum winter wedding with dramatic and alternative lighting effects
dramtic alternative winter wedding image of bride and groom kissing under heart umbrella in manchester