At Abbey House recently we were looking forward to the wedding of Lisa Farnworth and Paul Whittaker who booked a Winter Wonderland Wedding with just three and half months to go! We spoke to them about their best tips for a winter wedding and how they got everything done on time and we are delighted to share their tips with you.
Firstly we wanted to find out why they chose the winter season….
Lisa : I LOVE winter, especially Christmas time with all the twinkly lights, decorations and family around; we might even get SNOW! Aside from all that though, winter wedding packages can be much more cost effective, there can be more late availability (which suited us!) and we didn’t need to book the venue twelve months or more in advance. We chose to book some special elements as well to enhance the Winter Wonderland feel and the most
exciting thing for me was definitely THE REINDEER!! I loved the surprise on our guests’ faces, especially the younger ones, when they saw a real life Rudolph and I think they will remember it for years. We also had mulled cider for our reception drinks and it gave a really festive feel”
Lisa and Paul have children and they wanted to get married within a few months so we asked what they would advise for any other couples planning their wedding to take place in less than six months.
Lisa : I would say be flexible, but stay true to what you want, it is your day after all. Certain flowers may not be available in the winter, but if you take the time to research a really fabulous florist, you can still have something spectacular for your wedding. Think about the time of day you get married; it is better to do it earlier in the day for a winter wedding so you can get all your important photos taken before the light starts to fade. Speak to people who have already got married, it sound obvious, but it can be invaluable for recommendations like the hair dresser, make-up artist or someone to make you a fantastic cake. There is nothing like a personal recommendation as it will save you time browsing magazines or the internet, and we found it was best to meet the people face to face about what we wanted.”
Abbey House Hotel & Gardens has won the award for Best Wedding Venue in Cumbria five times and we are very proud of this achievement, but we wanted to know what it was that particularly appealed to Lisa and Paul.
Lisa : It has the wow factor! The approach up the drive to Abbey House is breath-taking and the illuminated fountain and beautiful wreaths look spectacular in winter – not to mention the reindeer! It is a magical venue with beautiful décor and the little details of the bespoke package make you feel like your winter wedding is something reserved for just the lucky few!”
Lastly we asked what Lisa and Paul thought were the most important things to include in a winter wedding, aside from the happy couple of course!
- LOTS of sparkle
- Flexibility on what you can have in winter time, especially for fresh flowers, seasonal ingredients and so on – do lots of research
- Choose the time of day for the ceremony carefully so that you can fit in everything you want to do while it is still light
- Look at whether your venue has accommodation for guests just in case the weather is unpredictable on the day. It might be good to be able to book rooms overnight rather than make a hazardous journey, and you might even be able to have breakfast with some of your guests in the morning!
- Speak to friends and family about their recommendations, they can give you contact details and then you can meet people face to face; we found that this saved us time and was the best way to get to know our suppliers and explain what we wanted.
This is a guest post by Allannah Buckley from Abbey House Hotel & Gardens who interviewed Lisa and Paul about their winter wedding.
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