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How (and why) to plan a winter wedding?

Traditionally, couples prefer to celebrate their weddings in the summer, from May to October. However, a new trend is emerging: winter weddings, with their warm, cocooning charm, are becoming increasingly popular. Why this choice? Winter weddings offer a unique fairytale atmosphere, with snowy backdrops and intimate atmospheres. Organizing a winter wedding requires careful planning to exploit the season's assets while managing its specific challenges. Discover our tips for creating a magical winter ceremony, from venue selection and decoration to original ideas for delighting your guests.

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Choosing your wedding domain:

When looking for a reception venue for a winter wedding, the ideal thing to do is to pay attention to the soul of the venue and ask yourself the question: is this domain suitable for a warm, cocooning atmosphere in bad weather?

If the answer is yes, then it's a good idea! Don't hesitate to take note of warm features such as a large fireplace, which you'll find at Domaine de la Thibaudière, large comfortable lounges as at Domaine d'Aveny, an atypical chalet as at Domaine de la Roche Couloir, and so on.

A warm and enchanting atmosphere:

To successfully decorate your winter wedding, it's essential to create a warm atmosphere that will amaze your guests. Here are a few tips to transform your reception venue into a veritable winter cocoon.

- Choose comforting colors

Opt for deep, festive colors like burgundy, fir green, gold and silver. These hues bring a touch of sophistication and warmth to your decor, making the atmosphere more intimate and welcoming.

- Incorporate cocooning materials

Add warm fabrics such as plaids, faux fur or velvet. These elements create a sense of comfort and well-being, perfect for a winter wedding.

- Go for enchanting lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood for your wedding. Don't underestimate the impact of beautiful lighting. Use string lights, candles, chandeliers, spotlights, braziers and lanterns to bring a soft, comforting warmth to your day.

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A winter meal to make your taste buds sparkle

Catering is an essential part of any wedding, and in winter it takes on an even more festive and comforting dimension. Our rich French gastronomy abounds with warm, tasty dishes, perfect for a wedding in this season.

- Dishes in sauce for a convivial touch

Rely on dishes in sauce to bring warmth and conviviality to your reception. Classics such as boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin or blanquette de veau are perfect choices. Present them in beautiful pots as centerpieces for a rustic, welcoming effect. For a spectacular touch, opt for flame-grilled prime rib, carved in front of your guests - a true culinary showpiece!

- Hot drinks to warm up the atmosphere

Drinks are just as important, especially in winter. Mulled wine is a must and will add a warm note to your party, as suggested by the blog"La Mariée en Colère". To vary the pleasures, suggest a hot cider with spices, a delicious British alternative that will surprise and warm your guests, evoking the magic of the festive season.

By focusing on comforting food and drink, you create a warm, friendly atmosphere, ideal for an unforgettable winter wedding. For more ideas and tips, check out our blog and get inspired to plan the perfect wedding in any season.

Significant advantages of a winter wedding

- Low season often means reduced rates! In fact, many wedding planners offer lower rates in winter, such as the reception venues in the Domaines & événements collection.

- Availability of service providers! While some suppliers may need to be booked 2 years in advance for the high season, they are often more available in winter, which is great if you know in advance which photographer, DJ or efficiente you want for your big day.

- Your guests will be there! There's no need to juggle everyone's summer vacations, May bank holidays and the 3 other weddings your family has already planned for the summer, to get your guests to your wedding.

- Elegant outfits! There's no need to worry about being too hot on the big day: you can opt for long dresses, capes, gloves, cashmere stoles and vests in pretty imitation fur!

 

In the end, the most important thing about your wedding is that it reflects you, your personality and your values, and the season in which you plan it is an integral part of this project. So if you're warm and bubbly, and sharing and conviviality are part of your way of being, then a winter wedding may be just what you're looking for.

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