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Christmas can sometimes be ruled out as a wedding date, but why? Christmas is such an amazing time and if you are looking for a winter wedding then why not tie the two in and make it a super sparkly celebration. Winter weddings can be so much fun, totally different to a summer wedding, but still amazing in so many ways. Think dark nights, lots of candles, cosy corners, warm coats, sparkles and lots of amazing winter warming food. Elmore Court one of our fantastic Directory members are here today to tell us more about the benefits of having a Christmas wedding. We featured the wonderful Christmas wedding of Shelley and George this morning, a fine example of how Elmore Court do Christmas!
Quality time with family and friends, partying, getting dressed up and eating and drinking till you feel like you’re going to pop. Are we describing the perfect Christmas, or the perfect wedding day? Both! That’s why, in our humble opinion, Christmas is the very best time for a wedding.
And where is the very best place to host your winter wedding of dreams? A cosy country house wedding venue with roaring open fires and a soundproof reception for late night revelry of course!
Here’s all the gorgeous options you have when planning a wedding in December or January, and how to make your winter wedding the most magical…
December and January are the ideal times to snuggle up in front of the fire and sip mulled wine, so choose a venue that has open fires and allows you to light real candles at your wedding.
The cosiest Christmas wedding is created by lighting candles, fires and bonfires, making lots of comfy areas with sofas, blankets and cushions and offer guests comforting hot food and drinks to get them glowing from the inside too.
What’s more magical than a winter wonderland wedding? Pile faux fur coats on rails and transport your guests to their very own Narnia with little bottles of delicious liqueurs, Turkish delight, magical entertainment and surprise reveals.
The Gillyflower dance floor at Elmore Court is the perfect area to transform and keep hidden as it sits behind a curtain which can be pulled after dinner to reveal a totally new space which none of the guests knew about!
You could even build a wardrobe entrance to climb through for a really magical Christmas dance floor experience.
Christmas and New Years Eve weddings are the perfect time for an all out party wedding extravaganza… Go black tie and surprise your guests with a firework display or a midnight light show, throw a masked ball or hold a two day wedding party- summer isn’t the only time for a festival wedding experience, if you have the use of an entire stately home wedding venue like Elmore Court, winter is an even better time to make a weekend of it.
At this time of year it’s all about eating, so Christmas wedding food has got to be an all out feasting experience.
Keep guests warm and fuelled all day with winter canapés like roast beef in miniature yorkshire puddings or vegan ‘fish’ and chip cones with mushy peas… or hot mugs of soup! host a full festive banquet complete with sharing platters and dessert tables and then serve pizza and hot pies after midnight, a cheese board with a glass of port or sherry always goes down well before bed too.
Christmas is all about the children, so if you’re having a winter wedding keep your guests entertained and make it really fun for kids and adults alike. Hide chocolate coins for an ongoing treasure hunt throughout the day, leave little presents wrapped on tables or packs of pens and paper and stickers, play party games. Make a cosy den for children to chill out in when they need a bit of down time… You could even consider hiring a wedding day babysitting service or creche and have a whole room for the children to play and make things so they have fun during the speeches.
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