Welcome to our ultimate to how to get married in winter! For many couples, a winter wedding is the obvious choice. With Christmas being perhaps the most romantic time of the year, a cosy country house wedding in winter is the perfect opportunity for a mulled wine reception accompanied by a roaring fire. You can even get away with a full turkey roast on the menu for your wedding breakfast. And, while many summer weddings are plagued by the terror of "will it rain?", getting married in winter means you're pretty much braced for any kind of weather, alleviating any real kind of worry. So, how to get it right? Keep reading for our ultimate guide to winter weddings.

Mel Yates

Winter wedding dresses

First things first: get that dress sorted. Getting married in colder months calls for a different type of wedding dress. Floaty flimsy fabrics are pretty much out: thicker, structured winter wedding dresses, wedding dresses with sleeves and heavy detailing are very much in. When it comes to accessories, it's a veritable playground. Think cover-ups, faux-furs and hair accessories. 

Winter wedding ideas 

Traditionally, there's two ways to go when it comes to styling a winter wedding. If you're a sucker for all things festive (and your wedding is in December), a palette of reds and greens alongside Christmas trees, Bavarian-style wooden decorations and crackers on the tables rarely fails to set the most romantic of scenes. If you're more of a Grinch - or your wedding takes place after New Year -  a colour scheme of icy whites and pale blues with silver flashes looks beautiful against the frost underfoot and icicles outside the window. But, that's not to say you can't break tradition. The recent trend for all things dark, myserious and opulent isn't going anywhere fast: why not indulge in a wickedy spicy wedding cake, or style a black and gold wedding?

Winter wedding flowers

If you thought finding winter wedding flowers would be difficult, think again: there are a abundance of wedding flowers in season - you just need to know where to look. 

Winter wedding guest dresses

If you've got a winter wedding in the diary, it can be seriously tricky to know what to wear. The one thing you can rely on is that it will probably be cold, but the rest is a mysery: rain, wind, or even snow, you just don't know what will happen on the day.  

Winter skincare

We don't need to tell you that cold weather can play havock with your skin. Combine chilling winds with central heating and you've got a recipe for seriously stressed out skin. Often, our skin becomes more dry in winter months, losing hydrationg and therefore elasticity and brightness. It's all very well covering it up with the best foundation you can lay your hands on, but switching up your skincare routine for winter months is the best decision you can make. 

Winter honeymoon destinations

The best part about getting married in winter? It's peak season for many of the world's most tropical destinations, meaning you don't have to wait to jet off on honeymoon. Post-wedding boltholes like the Maldives, Seychelles, the Caribbean and South East Asia have their sunniest periods from December to March - the perfect escape from sub-zero temperatures in Britain, we think!