There is something very special about a winter wedding. They always seem to be slightly more relaxed and intimate. The idea of getting married in the winter sparks creativity with colours and decoration. From glittering winter wonderlands to rustic vintage charm there are so many wedding ideas to choose from.
Whatever the weather
During the winter months everyone worries less about bad or cold weather, no one expects blue skies or hot sunny days. This takes a big chunk out of the stress of weddings as everyone can stay inside at Ramster which creates a wonderful atmosphere.
When it comes to photographs, the cooler temperatures might not be as tempting to stand outside but a snowy or frosty backdrop is gold dust.
The heart of the room
A country house with a traditional fireplace which you can transform with decorative wreaths and winter inspired floral arrangements creates a beautiful focal point for a festive wedding. Guests can gather around a roaring fire in our vast inglenook fireplace, certainly one of the reasons winter weddings at Ramster Hall always feel so cosy and welcoming.
Let there be light
With the shorter days and darker evenings, you can get creative with ambient lighting. For example, our Long Hall is decorated with twinkling fairy lights which makes a beautiful, romantic, ‘fairy tale’ setting.
A table setting with candles and jewel colours will bring an amazing warmth to a room. Or for a more winter wonderland appearance, a chunky white candle in a hurricane with a wreath of forest green or icy pastel shades can look heavenly.
A natural touch
Holly, ivy, pine cones and mistletoe have been used for centuries for Christmas decorations and garlands. This treasure trove of twigs, natural foliage and berries also lend themselves perfectly to making your own winter wedding table decorations. Consider hypericum berries for a splash or red or dusty miller for a touch of frost.
Although it is winter there is no need to despair regarding flowers, Caroline from Cherfold Flowers recommends making use of Hellebores, Amaryllis, forced narcissi (Paperwhites) which are great for scent as is Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Sarcococca (Christmas Box) in the foliage department.
Winter is all about comfort food, this is a great excuse to indulge your guests with some of Jacarandas delicious canapés like pork cheek croquettes or Chicken ballontine with truffled mushroom and parmesan crisp and for the main course a hearty aged fillet and slow cooked beef, butternut squash, roasted root vegetables, thyme and garlic potato galette will always go down well.
Give your guests a pile of warm blankets and let them enjoy some fresh air in the courtyard while enjoying Mulled wine or warming winter cocktails at a Christmas Wedding.
Whilst December might be a busy month January and February normally are less popular which means there are more dates to choose from.
Your guests will not be suffering from ‘summer wedding fatigue’ and there is less competition from other couples you know who are getting married. Prices will be generally a lot cheaper when it comes to venue hire and also guest accommodation.
If you would like to explore Ramster Hall as your perfect winter wedding venue, please get in touch.