Wondering whether a winter wedding is for you? If you’re unsure whether to book your big day in the summer or winter, read on to discover why the Manor By The Lake wedding planners love a seasonal celebration.
If you’re not quite convinced that a winter wedding is for you, we’ve rounded up what we think are the best reasons for getting hitched during the winter months.
1. No need to fret about the weather
If you have a crisp, clear day, you’ll capture some gorgeous photographs around the grounds during the wintery daylight. But let’s face it, if you choose a winter wedding, you can’t always count on the weather being reliable.
However, at Manor By The Lake that isn’t a problem. The Victorian Manor boasts a bright, stunning indoor environment were your guests will enjoy mingling in the warmth and relaxing. The impressive Library, Hall, Staircase and Rock Bar can offer a wide range of stunning backdrops for wonderful photographs without having to be shuttled outside into the cold.
2. Off peak date = off peak pricing
If you’ve chosen a date in January, you’re going to be paying a lot less for your magical day than if you’d chosen a date in August. Venues are in much less demand during the winter months meaning you can have the exact same venue, entertainment and food, for a lower price.
3. Brightening everyone’s New Year
January and February are often quiet months after the excitement and celebration of Christmas and New Year. What better way to brighten everyone’s January than by holding your wedding during the quietest month of the year. It gives everyone something to look forward to, and helps them avoid the post Christmas blues.
4. Dare to be different
With flowers in more limited supply in winter, this is the perfect excuse to embrace a more dramatic look and feel to your decor. Our West-wing Ballroom is offered with its Winter Wonderland theme included for your special day so why not enhance your own bouquets and arrangements with pine cones, feathers or even baubles. With no fresh flowers to wilt, your arrangements will look great for the days and weeks to come – a lovely reminder of your fabulous day.
5. Embrace the darkness
With much shorter daylight hours, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to create a magical atmosphere by playing up to the natural darkness. Candles, lanterns and tealights create a wonderfully romantic mood thanks to their soft glow. The Manor and lakeside paths are always lit beautifully through the winter months creating a fairytale castle atmosphere for your guests as they arrive. For an extra evening thrill why not enjoy sparklers in the garden, children will love them (and so will the adults!).
6. The gorgeous glow of a real fire
Who doesn’t love curling up in front of a roaring log fire? When the weather is cold and dark, there’s nothing better than escaping the elements and cosying up next to a splendid Victorian fireplace. Your guests will love the excuse to gather in front of the fire, and it gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle up to your loved one or get some wonderful candid photographs of friends and relatives relaxing in the warmth.
7. A comforting winter feast
Forget delicate dishes and go for all out comfort food. Your guests will love a hearty meal on a cold, wintery day and there’s no need to sacrifice style. Roasted Longhorn rib of beef with red wine gravy or braised lamb shoulder make wonderful choices, but if you’re after something different try some game, such as seared Madgett’s duck breast or seared venison Loin with all the trimmings. You can carry the winter theme over to your drinks choices too and enjoy mulled wine or cider, winter Pimms or even hot vodka cocktails to welcome your guests.
8. Last but definitely not least…
When your day is over, and the realisation that it’s the middle of winter kicks in, you’ll be able to jet off to a tropical paradise for your honeymoon. With many long haul destinations providing a warm escape during our winter, you will have plenty of choice for affordable guaranteed sunshine.
We hope we’ve given you some great inspiration for a wonderful winter wedding! For more advice on all things wedding related, why not give our knowledgeable wedding planners a call today. And while you’re at it, you could arrange a private tour of our stunning Manor house. Give us a call on 01242 245 071 or email email@example.com to find out more about Manor By The Lake.