Winter weddings are not a new phenomenon – especially in a country such as South Africa where temperatures are not quite as extreme as in other parts of the world. There are plenty of pros to having a wedding in the colder months but there is also a lot to consider. We’ve put together a short list of ideas and tips for planning a winter wedding.

First and foremost, pick your venue. You need to take into consideration that your guests probably don’t want to be sitting out in the open in 10-degree weather so it is vital to choose a venue that provides a cosy environment but at the same time, isn’t too tight a squeeze for everyone. When you go venue scouting, think of open spaces with room to breathe but some nice-to-haves like big fireplaces and enclosed patios.

Secondly, keep your guests warm. If you do choose to have your ceremony outside, why not include some big gas heaters and baskets of blankets for those guests that feel the cold a little more than others. If it’s an option, you could even monogram the blankets and guests can take them home as gifts to remember your special day.

Something else to consider is food, another very important aspect of any event. Winter weddings call for warm, comforting meals. If you are opting for canapes followed by a three-course menu, try to stay away from cold finger foods and salads and go for slow-cooked, homestyle meals that will warm your guests up from the inside out.

Now, let’s talk fashion. Having a winter wedding is a wonderful excuse to incorporate fabrics and warm colours like velvet, faux fur, and jewel tones for the bride, groom and bridal party. A luxurious velvet suit would look any man look dapper against a winter backdrop and a group of bridesmaids dressed in deep greens, reds and blues will make for some exquisite photos.

There are plenty of things to consider when it comes to planning a winter wedding, and what we have listed here are just a handful of suggestions.

Happy wedding planning!