Bloomsbury Films Reveals Top Tips for a Successful Winter Wedding

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Winter weddings can be wonderfully romantic - Bloomsbury Films shares some need-to-know tips to ensure the Special Day is perfect.

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Be sure to choose a photographer that has adequate experience shooting at winter wedding venues, since there are certain key things that they would otherwise not know.

From help with shortlisting ideal winter wedding venues to fabulous beverage ideas that stylishly suit the colder months, leading UK event videographer Bloomsbury Films offers top tips for couples planning to tie the knot at this time of year.

Theme Options

There are a number of lovely themes that lend beautifully to a winter wedding. Popular options include an elegantly classic formal Christmas wedding with ladies dressed in rich, sumptuous evening dresses and the men in black tie; a less formal Christmas daytime event which focuses on the joy and cheer of the festive season; a whimsical fairy tale theme; a vintage Christmas theme; or an intimate and quaint wedding that has the feel of being snowed-in at the Swiss Alps.

Venue Shortlist

Bloomsbury suggests that couples first clarify the type of wedding they have in mind so that they can cut through the thousands of wedding venue options to target only those that are most suitable. For example, do they want to go for intimate, cosy and rustic, or grandiose, sophisticated and luxurious? Do they enjoy modern appeal or traditional charm?

Secondly, it’s important to factor in the crucial practicalities when choosing a winter wedding venue. As an example, while a venue might have a lovely large fireplace, if the building is drafty with few heaters in place the event will be disastrous because guests will be uncomfortably cold. Many churches suffer from this logistical problem, they can be very chilly in winter. A further tips to consider is that if you choose a venue for a wedding that is close to Christmas, the owners will already have some pretty decorations in place, which be either highly convenient or problematic if the couple don’t find the decor appealing.

Weather Preparation

In addition to ensuring that the wedding venue is toasty, Bloomsbury advises couples to be prepared for rain – it’s a good idea to have a number of brollies on hand for guests, as well as prominent fireplaces and heaters to enable people to dry off quickly if they’ve been caught in a sudden down pour.

Beverage Ideas

Hot drinks like mulled wine are just the ticket for winter weddings to ensure everyone stays warm. A stylish winter beverage for the official toast Bloomsbury suggests is a winter cocktail such as pomegranate and champagne. Other popular beverage ideas for this time of year include warmed Winter Pimms, heated apple cider, rum punch and hot chocolate with Baileys.


Director of Bloomsbury Films, Andrew Cussens, draws on his extensive experience to offer advice that will help couples get the right professional to perfectly photograph their Big Day: “Be sure to choose a photographer that has adequate experience shooting at winter wedding venues, since there are certain key things that they would otherwise not know. For example, an experienced photographer will make sure they setup their equipment near picturesque sheltered places for both intimate and group shots, such as archways, decorative doorways, or even under large trees. They will also take factor in the low level lighting that tends to be in place during the winter months and accommodate accordingly to prevent shots that are too dark.”

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