With Christmas just around the corner and a chilly bite in the evening air, we know that winter is coming. As the seasons prepare to change once more, Emma Hla from Coco Wedding Venues shares her venue-hunting tips for winter brides and gives a sneak peek at her favourite winter wedding venues for this time of year.
WINTER WEDDING VENUES – STYLING
“Winter is most definitely a time for luxurious pleasures,” says Emma. “Think cashmere, metallic and candlelight – what better season to marry if you’re a magpie wanting a little bit of glimmering glamour on your big day.” Emma suggests that whatever venue you choose for winter, whether it’s a barn, country manor or tipi, you simply aim to create a warm, welcoming and comfortable setting.
“Have a chat with your venue about candles and lighting,” advises Emma. “If you spot a gorgeous fireplace and it’s a working fire or if you can indulge with a fire pit outside, get that baby going! It’s the ultimate festive luxury.”
“Winter colour schemes have to include a dash of metallic. This season can carry them all but my personal picks would be silvers mixed with cool blue-greys and fresh whites. This fairly neutral scheme can be painted onto most canvasses so even if you choose a country house with chandeliers and classic interiors, this scheme will compliment beautifully.”
WINTER WEDDING VENUES – PRACTICALITIES
Emma is also all about the practical and transport is really important when you’re planning a winter wedding. “The picture perfect winter wedding day would be a snowy painting but in reality, if you have a dumping of the white stuff the day before your wedding, you could have some logistical issues,” warns Emma. “Check out transport and road links to your venue and have some contingency plans in place.”
Great photography is always high on a bride’s agenda but, as Emma rightly says, shivering bridesmaids and Mum’s with blue noses aren’t ideal. “Focus on the interiors of your venue. Grand staircase? Elaborate wallpaper? Fancy fireplace? These are much friendlier options for your portraits.
And lastly, don’t forget the food and this season scream indulgence! “Why not service macarons dusted with edible gold leaf? Or opt for the classic combination of warm mince pies and mulled wine? Look for signature flavours such as orange, cinnamon, spice sugar, and warming brandy for yummy naughty treats.”
WINTER WEDDING VENUES – COCO’S TOP PICKS
So, what are Emma’s top picks for super cosy winter wedding venues? Well, here are a few of the names you need to know:
- Lusty Glaze – a privately owned cove in gorgeous Cornwall, Lusty Glaze is all about the wild romance of winter. Perfect for Bohemian Beats brides.
- River Cottage – it’s all about the rural idyll at River Cottage. Relaxed, warming and downright perfect, it’s the place to feast with friends.
- Asylum Chapel – giving us all the seasonal feels, Asylum Chapel in London is as cool as they come. This could be the place for you if you’re a Modern Musings kinda gal.
- Crear – Officially one of the hottest wedding venues in the UK, Crear can be yours for an entire weekend and we bet you won’t want to leave.
- Brympton House – 33 acres of gorgeous Somerset countryside can be yours at Brympton House. Think ballrooms, impressive dining rooms and a Great Hall you’re just going to love…
- Elmore Court – Now, Elmore Court itself might be a 750 year old house but it’s transformed itself into a sustainable wedding venue unlike any other. Don’t miss ‘The Gillyflower’!
- Hotel Endsleigh – This fab spot in Devon can be exclusively yours for your wedding. Hotel Endsleigh is also THE most wonderful location for an intimate winter wedding.
- Stone Barn – Stone Barn is all kinds of country romantic. If you’re a Vintage Vibes bride, this venue has got your name written all over it.
- World Inspired Tents – With World Inspired Tents, your dream wedding venue comes to you! What could be better for a winter wedding than huge nordic tipis, delicious food and a fantastic party atmosphere?
Credits: Header image – River Cottage by Rebecca Goddard | Image 1 – The Asylum Chapel by Eclection Photography | Image 2 – World Inspired Tents by Riviera Wedding Photography | Image 3 – Crear by The Kitcheners | Image 4 – Lusty Glaze by Ali Paul Photography