Planning a January wedding

Although often regarded as the most dreary of months, January can be the best time to get married. If planned and executed right, it will be one of the brightest and most cherished occasions of the year.


As Niamh writes in One Fab Day, when it comes to a January wedding, you need to consider investing in accessories:

“It will be cold so accessories will be important to keep warm. A faux fur stole, a veil, a cape or a chic cardi are all good options. Alternatively opt for a long sleeve wedding dress.”

1. Keep it Ice Cold

Décor wise, embrace the season by keeping the colour scheme ice cold. Stick to brilliant whites and piercing blues for the wedding itself. However, you could mix it up for the reception by adding some warming colours to create contrast. Brides Magazine has a fabulous pictorial guide for wedding dresses and accessories.

2. Think About Venues Carefully

At CHW, our family of venues offers ample opportunity for you to stage a wonderful (and warm) January wedding. From Leez Priory to Gosfield Hall, our reception rooms are a mix of age-old beauty and contemporary style, granting you the freedom to stage one of the best winter weddings.

3. Ways to Keep You and Your Guests Warm

Keeping warm will be a priority for any winter wedding, especially in January. Make sure there are plenty of thick blankets available for the evening reception. And the bride might want to purchase a few warming undergarments.

Winter bride

4. Have Candles Aplenty

Ah, candles! The ultimate item for creating a touch of romance, candles are especially suited for a January wedding. Your reception tables can be littered with tealights and church candles, helping to create an atmosphere your guests will remember for a long time.

5. Give Plenty of Notice

For January especially, it’s always good to give plenty of notice. Money can often prove tight in this month, considering Christmas is an expensive time of year. As Claire McGrowan writes in Bridal Musings:

“Just as those getting married in the summer need to think about people jetting off on holidays and the like, don’t forget that your guests are likely to have a lot of other commitments at this time of year. So get in early and make sure you send a Save The Date.”

6. Always Embrace the Positive

Some may sneer at the idea of throwing a wedding in such an austere month. But for many, January is a time of renewal. It’s an awesome way to start the new year with a bang!

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