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How to plan a winter wedding for under £10,000

Winter wedding decorations, dress and venue ideas for a UK celebration - all on a budget. You'll be saving money but you won't be compromising on style with our insider advice for a wedding in the chillier months, whatever your guest list size

Coombe Lodge in Somerset, England

The venue – Finding the right venue is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding – and we think we’ve found a stunning setting for cosy winter festivities. Think log fires, leaded windows and beautiful interiors. Coombe Lodge in Somerset is a luxurious exclusive-use country house venue, and at first glance it looks like you’d need a huge budget to get married here. But their winter hire prices are great value, starting at £1,875 on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and £1,200 for a winter weekday. Read more: Intimate venues for smaller guest lists

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Dorothy Perkins dress

The dress – This Dorothy Perkins dress, £95, features delicate lacework and an elegant silhouette – no one will believe this isn’t a top-spend designer gown!  Read more: Our favourite sparkly shoes for your wedding

Two-piece tuxedo suit

The groom’s suit – HOW chic is this two-piece skinny fit tuxedo suit? It’s a snip at £69, from Burton, leaving money in the budget for smart shoes, shirt and bow tie.

Glitzy Secrets earrings

The jewellery – These Glitzy Secrets earrings, £24, give some winter-perfect sparkle. And if you’re into the statement earring trend, we also have a gallery of the best notice-me earrings that are perfect for brides.

Bridesmaids' dress

The bridesmaids’ dress – We think they’ll love this floaty Little Mistress dress – and you’ll love the price, at £82. Want to see more in this colour? We have a whole gallery of the prettiest purple bridesmaids’ dresses. Of course, you could always save money by asking your bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses. The convention is that if you ask them to pay, you can’t tell them what to wear, so bear that in mind if you have a strong vision for your day. Read more: How to ‘propose’ to your bridesmaids

Flowergirl's Outfit

The flowergirls – This satin and gold gown is ideal for your flowergirls’ outfits if you’re going for a romantic, dreamy overall look. It’s £50 from Monsoon. For a more Christmassy colour palette, the also have some delightful red dresses, such as the lace Valeria.

Faux fur wrap

The wrap – We adore this faux fur wrap from Helen Moore – it’s an elegant and cosy way to finish your winter wedding look. Read more: Cosy winter coats for wedding guests

Candles

The details – Candles really come into their own at winter weddings, when it gets dark earlier and so lighting becomes more important. For extra romance, line your aisle with candles in jars and lanterns. You could also light the path to your reception with candles to create a gorgeously glowy effect. If you’re inviting children to your wedding, it’s a good idea to warn their parents that there will be lit candles at floor level. Read more: How to make your wedding aisle look pretty

Sparklers

The details – Sparklers are an inexpensive addition to any wedding, but work best on a cold, crisp winter night. Ask your guests to form a sparkling guard of honour for your send-off, or to mark your arrival at the reception. Or put a dancefloor-friendly spin on this and give everyone glow sticks! Read more: Cheap and expensive wedding entertainment ideas

Christmas biscuits

The details – Christmas biscuits can do double-duty as budget wedding table decorations, if beautifully displayed, and as edible favours.  If you’d prefer something that gives a more indoor-outdoor feel, check out our amazing DIY guide to creating a greenery table garland. Image | Angela Marie Events via Pinterest Read more: Winter wedding food ideas

Flowers

The flowers – Staying local and seasonal with your blooms is the smart option if you’re trying to keep flower costs down. Your arrangements and bouquets don’t have to be made up mainly of pricey stems – ask your florist to include less expensive elements, like foliage, or these winter-perfect pine cones, to provide a delightful contrast to your blooms and also add volume. And don’t forget fabric – there’s a lot you can do with different textures rather than just having expensive silk ribbon wrapped around the base. The hessian patches in this picture bulk up the bouquet and look utterly chic at the same time. Even though there are only five roses, the overall effect is of an opulent, voluptuous bouquet. Image | funflowerfacts.com via Pinterest Read more: How many flowers do I need for my wedding?

The details

The details – Spend a rainy evening indoors doing a spot of DIY with a bag of pine cones, glue and silver glitter. The result? These pretty decorations! And remember, this is one of those DIY ideas you can ask guests to help with.

The details

The details – Baby, it’s cold outside: at the end of the night, could there be a more welcome sight than a steaming cup of hot chocolate with a mini doughnut? No, we thought not. Read more: The most delicious chocolate wedding favour ideas

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The details – An all-American classic and perfect around a campfire, we love the idea of giving guests s’more gift bags as favours. Image | elizabethanndesigns.com via Pinterest Read more: How to start your wedding budget