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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 – 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 – 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