How to plan the perfect winter wedding

The Sydney Life
The Eventful Life

Winter conjures an ambiance of intimacy and romance. There’s a soft glow of low lights, elegant skies and flushed cheeks that turn the cooler months into a backdrop of magic and wonder for the ultimate winter wedding.

When it comes to planning your winter wedding, there are certainly some challenges couples may face; however, the coldest season can transform your big day into a magical wonderland complete with styling inspiration and heart-warming cuisine. To help you plan your dream day, we've curated the ultimate insider tips for planning the perfect winter wedding. 

CHOOSE A VENUE THAT EMBRACES THE SEASON WITH CLASSIC AESTHETICS

Winter evokes a sense of intimacy like no other. While beachfront weddings and tropical retreats may be a dream for some, rich sandstone architectures, carved archways and rustic staircases provide a sense of old world romance and elegance. Choosing a venue that is going to heighten the mood and complement the ambiance, while also providing comfort and protecting from the elements, will ensure your mind is at ease and your guests are making the most of the memories.

We recommend The Treasury Room here at InterContinental Sydney. A picturesque sandstone stairwell takes your guests into a realm of 1827 heritage architecture with a grand marble foyer and a ballroom laced with gold detailing, high arches and old-world glamour.  

WORK CLOSELY WITH YOUR FLORIST

While you may wish to clutch peonies on your special day, weather and season may not permit this, and guess what? That's perfectly alright. If you work closely with your florist, they'll be able to find a solution that you love and most importantly, that is in season! 

ENRICH YOUR STYLING WITH WARM COLOUR PALETTES

Winter invites a rich palette of warm reds, burgundy, gold and deep greens. Table displays of seasonal blooms and native blends will add rich textures to enhance styling, while grouped scented candles surrounding entrances will add to your romantic atmosphere.

A steadfast wedding reception trend is farmhouse rustic styling which can be appropriated easily in winter months – think ample greenery, fairy-lights wrapped around banisters and warm berry desserts on your catering wish-list.  

SPEAKING OF CATERING, LET'S TALK TO YOUR WINTER-INSPIRED MENU

Work with your wedding executive to design a food and beverage experience that complements the season, such as a festive mulled wine bar or a signature whiskey cocktail for gentlemen upon entry.

When it comes to dessert stations, have fun with interactive chocolate fountains or Head of Pastry Simon Veauvy's luxe take on the traditional toasted marshmallow. 

CONSIDER AN ALL-INCLUSIVE VENUE FOR THE ULTIMATE WEEKEND

Don’t let a chill in the air deter you from an array of pre-wedding indulgences. Planning your wedding and reception inside Sydney’s five-star hotels means you’re open to a world of pre-wedding beauty and relaxation retreats.

Escape the wedding rush with oil massages, facials and spa treatments with your bridesmaids, or unwind with manicures, pedicures and beauty treatments. It’s a great way to gather your bridesmaids together for something that is both relaxing and necessary on the big day. 

EXUDE ELEGANCE IN YOUR WINTER WEDDING DRESS

While the breeze sweeps in to shift the temperature down a notch or four, don’t let this deter you from selecting your dream gown. There are plenty of winter-fused fashion trends to embrace the cooler months which means you don’t have to feel restricted.

For the bridal gown, there are plenty of stunning long-sleeved gowns which evoke a sense of elegance and subtly. Vera Wang’s Tatiana nude gown is ideal for the modern brides with inspired shoulder pieces and long slit sleeves and many of the current season showcase long sleeved lace detailing. Discover Vera Wang’s Bridal Boutique located on the lobby level of InterContinental Sydney and book your appointment in advance here.

June 8, 2018