Most venues will have a festive theme running from Nov-Jan, so choosing a theme or colour scheme that compliments the decor already in place will save you lots of time and money.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to follow a Christmas theme, but why not take advantage of the festive atmosphere by incorporating classic colours like gold, red, white and silver.
Scatter tables with baubles, ornaments and winter flowers such as ponsietta, holly, pine cones, succulents, dried leaves, gourds and lavender to create a subtle festive theme.
Dark evenings mean you can have fun with lighting your venue. Drape twinkly fairy lights over tables, archways and window ledges to create a magical glow. Tealight candles placed inside mason jars are also perfect for creating a romantic, wintery ambiance.
Preserves are really cheap and easy to make yourself. Use winter fruit and berries such as plums, cranberries and blackcurrants. You could even add alcohol such as port or champagne! Make a big batch and decant into small jars.
Mason jars filled with powdered chocolate and candy canes make perfect seasonal favors that your guests will love. You may even want to include marshmallows and a miniature bottle of Baileys to accompany!
Love is sweet, so gift your wedding guests with some cute miniature bottles of maple syrup!
Cold weather cocktails are perfect for make your guests feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Baileys cocktails make for an indulgently festive tipple.
Hot toddies and mulled wine are also great for keeping guests toasty during the drinks reception. You could even set up an interactive drinks station for guests to create their own concoction – include whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, lemon wedge and apple slices.
Heartwarming comfort foods work perfectly for winter weddings. We’ve created a rich, seasonal menu below to give you some ideas.
Small cups of soup made with seasonal vegetables are always greatly appreciated after a chilly church service or a photography session outside in the cold! Mini grilled cheese sandwiches also make excellent hors d’oeuvres.
Hearty meals such as meat and potatoes will go down a treat on a cold winters day in the Lake District. You could also serve British favourites such as shepherds pie, Cumberland sausage and mash or a classic stew.
We recommend serving a hot dessert such as apple and rhubarb crumble, sticky toffee pudding or spotted dick with warm custard.
You could even take advantage of our roaring fireplace by setting up a s’mores bar for your guests, complete with sweet crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and nuts.
Some of our favourite winter wedding cakes are simple white fondant with winter accents, such as seasonal berries, snowflakes, holly, spruce, red roses and glitter or sugar icicles. You might even like to opt for a spiced rum cake instead of plain or chocolate sponge!