PLANNING A CHRISTMAS OR WINTER WEDDING IN BATH

Winter weddings in Bath

Yes, I’m going there. I’m going to talk about Christmas and winter weddings, even if it’s not the season just yet. Is there ever a bad time to talk about Christmas? Don’t answer that. But when it comes to planning a winter or Christmas wedding, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. A Christmas or winter wedding in Bath is a wonderful idea, for reasons I’ll go into in a moment, but it’s a wedding season you need to make additional preparations for, too. I’ll cover all of that and more in this Christmas and winter wedding inspired blog post!

confetti canons at night

OFF-PEAK OR OUT OF SEASON

 

Everyone knows that weddings are typically a summer kind of thing. Wedding season is often considered to be from around May to September as people love the idea of getting married outside or being able to throw a reception outside in finer weather.

Of course, even an English summer doesn’t guarantee sunshine though!

What this means, though, is that wedding suppliers often get very booked up through the summer months quite quickly and early on, making it more difficult to get the vendors you really want to work with for your wedding day.

A Christmas or winter wedding can be a good answer to this. Suppliers may have more availability at this time of year, making it easier for you to pick your top choices at this time year.

It’s also worth considering that winter can fall outside the peak travelling season, so if you’ve got guests who would likely be travelling from far away and unable to afford the peak-time rates of travel, planning a winter wedding so they can afford to be there could be useful.

And, given that most people tend to go away over the summer, planning a wedding during the off-peak season will hopefully reduce any conflicts with their pre-planned travel, too.

Bride and Groom dance at dusk at Temple of minerva Bath

CHRISTMAS THEMES ARE SUPER PRETTY

The closer to Christmas you get, the higher the likelihood of venues being decorated for the Christmas season. And I’m a big sucker for Christmas decorations. The tree, candles, fairy lights and the colour schemes are always so pretty. If you love the decor too, then you might not even need to dress your venue for your big day!

 

NO BAD WEATHER SURPRISES

Given that it’s winter, you’re already not expecting much from the weather, right? The likelihood is it’s going to be cold, probably wet, and it might even be snowing which, if you’re a winter-loving couple, might even be a bonus. It’ll certainly make for beautiful photographs, that’s for sure. The point is, though, you’re more prepared for bad weather in the winter months than you are in summer. So it won’t be the end of the world if it is wet and blowing a gale. You’ll have already expected it and prepared for it. The guarantee here is that there will be a wedding!

A SEASON FOR SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS

The winter season, especially around Christmas time, is a time for gathering with family and friends. So, why not add your wedding into the mix and just have one more amazing family gathering to add to the list? Dare I say it’s even a great excuse for people to get another wear out of their Christmas Do outfits as well?

UNIQUE EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

With the evenings drawing in much earlier in the winter, you’ve got more scope to provide some pretty evening entertainment to your guests. You could have fireworks, a bonfire or even a sparkler exit without expecting your guests to hang around until the wee hours to see it.

 

A WINTER HONEYMOON

And after all the merriment is over, you get to jet off to warmer, sunnier climes and enjoy a winter honeymoon, if that’s your thing. I can’t think of a better reason for a winter wedding, in all honesty. An extra trip away to spend more time in the sun? Yes, please!

Tom Martin Music

PREPARING FOR A CHRISTMAS OR WINTER WEDDING

Unless you’re getting married in the southern hemisphere, then the odds are it’s going to be cold, possibly wet, and maybe even snowy on your big day (yay for a true white wedding!). So, here are my top tips for preparing for a Christmas or winter wedding.

HAVE MULTIPLE BACKUP PLANS

Get sensible and list out all the possibilities about what could go wrong on the day due to the weather, and then put together at least one backup plan to manage them. Being prepared with ideas for backup transportation, having spare clothing and shoes available and preparing for the possibility that some of your guests might not make it due to the weather will help reduce any feelings of disappointment on the day. What matters, ultimately, is that your wedding goes ahead and the two of you get married.

CHOOSE YOUR VENUE WISELY

There are so many beautiful wedding venues to choose from in and around Bath and Somerset, but not all of them are built for dealing with winter weather. Try to choose a venue that has lots of indoor space with some beautiful indoor spots for photographs. There’s nothing worse than forcing everyone out into the cold because there’s nowhere else to get that big group shot you wanted!

OPT FOR AN EARLY CEREMONY

So many couples forget one key aspect that occurs in the winter months, but it’s one that matters a lot to us wedding photographers! It gets dark pretty early! Especially in the few weeks before and after December 21st—the shortest day of the year, where sunset is before 4pm, and it’s already getting dark from around 3pm. 

 With that in mind, plan for an earlier ceremony so that you can still get some photographs in natural daylight after the “I do’s”.  Especially if you do want to try and get out and around the grounds for your couple photos. 

Bride and Groom dance at dusk at Temple of minerva Bath

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR YOUR WINTER WEDDING

As a wedding photographer who takes wedding photos all year round, I’ve got pretty good at dealing with the challenges winter and Christmas weddings can bring from a photography perspective. My top tips are:

  • Arrange to take group photos inside your church or venue – this does take a little bit of pre-planning but I’m always happy to help guide you through the process.
  • You absolutely can head outside for couple photos if you like but dress warmly and let’s aim to do them as early in the day as we can, before the sun goes down and it gets even more freezing cold
Bride and Groom leave The Roman Baths under a sea of confetti

A FEW FAVOURITE WINTER WEDDING VENUES AROUND BATH

 

I know most of the wedding venues around Bath and Somerset by now, and I’ve photographed at many of them. Here are a few that immediately spring to mind when I think of the best winter wedding venues in Bath. 

 

THE ROMAN BATHS

 

Such a unique venue and yes, the baths are technically outside but it’s all covered over so you won’t get wet if it’s raining. And then you can all head up to the pump rooms afterward for dancing and warming up! Here’s my full Roman Baths Wedding Guide for lots more pictures and information. 

 

THE PIG, NEAR BATH

 

Described as a mellow country house near Bath, I love this venue for its cosiness and many, many fireplaces. The Pig, near Bath, is a great venue for those smaller, more intimate winter weddings

 

ORCHARDLEIGH ESTATE

 

This grand venue has a perfect wintery gothic vibe and a lot of roaring fireplaces. You can even opt to get married right in front of one of those fireplaces—I remember because I’m pretty sure I almost melted while photographing a wedding there before! 

 

PRISTON MILL

 

Ah, my home away from home wedding venue. I spend a lot of time at Priston Mill as it’s so close to where I live but it really does make for a beautiful winter wedding venue. It has lots of beautiful indoor space and it is, above all else, warm and cosy for your guests.



READY TO PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS OR WINTER WEDDING?

If the idea of a Christmas or winter wedding in Bath sounds exactly what you’re looking for, I’d love to help you with your plans. As a wedding photographer, I love to capture winter and Christmas weddings, just as much as any other wedding through the year. If you’d like to find out more about working with me, drop me a message and we can have a chat! 



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