Winter Weddings – Guest Blog

We’ve got a special treat for you this week – a guest post from Charlotte over at Hitched!

At Hitched you’ll find everything you need; from the most amazing wedding venues to the personalised little touches that make your big day special.

Charlotte’s been chatting to our Lauren about all things winter weddings (including our fantastic winter weddings offer that’s currently available!). And what these two girls don’t know about weddings frankly isn’t worth knowing at all!

Winter Wedding Tips from Crieff Hydro

Winter is an exciting time to get married. The atmosphere feels so festive and there’s something magical about the effect that cold weather has on our surroundings.

There’s no doubt that winter can provide the most enchanting backdrop to your wedding day, however you may have a few worries about making sure everything runs to plan and that your guests are kept warm.

Crieff Hydro is a stunning 19th Century hotel that would make the ideal setting for a winter wedding. This beautiful Scottish venue boasts incredible architecture, picturesque Perthshire scenery and a welcoming atmosphere, made even more spectacular when a blanket of snow or frost carpets the ground in winter. We spoke to Crieff Hydro’s wedding coordinator, Lauren, to get some wedding tips for winter brides to be.

I hope all you winter brides will feel inspired after reading this blog, but don’t forget you can check out our galleries for more winter wedding photos and inspiration!

Crieff Hydro is a stunning hotel in Perthshire, Scotland

‘Choose a venue where you can hold your ceremony, meal and evening reception so you don’t have to worry about being stuck in bad weather on your big day,’ says Lauren.

Crieff Hydro is licensed for civil ceremonies and has plenty of space for your reception and evening party, meaning you can enjoy your big day all under one roof! If you’re worried you won’t get good wedding pictures due to bad weather then don’t worry, you can take some amazing indoor pictures if you choose the right time of day and lighting.

If the forecast for your wedding day is rain, check out our round up of beautiful rainy day wedding photos to put your mind at ease!

Crieff Hydro in Scotland makes a beautiful winter wedding venue

The arrival drinks will be served as guests come in from the cold, so why not shun champagne and give them something to warm them up instead!

‘Choose a hot arrival drink such as warmed apple cider or mulled wine,’ says Lauren.

Serve guests warm arrival drinks such as mulled wine and hot chocolate

‘Hand warmers are a must for photographs,’ continues Lauren. If you venture outside for photos then perhaps invest in some gloves or a handmuff to match your wedding dress, to keep nasty frostbite from striking!

It is also essential that you get most of your photos earlier on in the day, especially if you want to go outside.

‘Remember that the light fades earlier in winter,’ says Lauren. ‘So an earlier ceremony would be a good idea to ensure you get all the photos on your wish list.’

As the sun goes down, it’s also a good idea to light up the function room with candles to create a warm, romantic atmosphere. Crieff Hydro offers a wide range of beautifully decorated rooms that will make you want to stay inside, such as the magnificent Melville Hall or the chandelier lit Drawing Room.

Winter wedding table decor

‘Finally, make the most of the seasonal, hearty food!’ says Lauren. Winter is the perfect time to serve up a feast of warming comfort food for your wedding breakfast.

Crieff Hydro offers couples the chance to create a completely bespoke menu and the chefs will serve up anything you want, even home cooked delights such as steak pie and spicy curries!

Seasonal winter wedding food

Crieff Hydro’s wedding coordinator Lauren is happy to guide couples in every step whilst planning their big day. The hotel only hosts one wedding per day, so that you have their undivided attention and can fully enjoy everything that this spectacular venue has to offer.

To see more stunning pictures of this venue in Scotland, check out Crieff Hydro’s listing on hitched. You can also find more ways to keep your guests warm at a winter wedding in our organising and planning section!


Charlotte X


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