How to plan a winter wedding

The popularity of winter weddings is on the rise, especially at countryside wedding venues like Idle Winds – and it’s not hard to see why. The Hartebeespoort area offers warm, sunny days, stunning starlit nights and beautiful natural scenery as far as the eye can see! Here’s some great wedding planning tips for planning your special day:

  • Look out for specials: Since this time of year is considered to be outside the wedding season, many venues offer great discounts on booking and accommodation. In addition, some vendors may also be able to give you more budget-friendly prices on décor, photography, transportation services and even food!
  • Stay warm: Brides and grooms love this season for it’s cooler temperatures that allow you to wear more layers without breaking into a sweat, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to go formal and extravagant with your outfits. If you’re choosing outfits for your bridal party, be sure to keep the temperature in mind for them too – a lovely faux fur stole for bridesmaids and long, tailored jackets for the groomsmen will look elegant while keeping everyone comfortable.
  • Go seasonal: Winter definitely conjures up distinct themes, so go wild and enjoy what they have to offer rather than trying to force a more summery theme. Rich colours and big log fires are warm and cosy while a snowy, glittering theme brings glamour, elegance and magic! Try keep your food and décor in season as well, to avoid paying higher costs for flowers that have to be flown in.
  • It gets dark early: While the clear winter skies look stunning in person, they are not ideal for photography. Remember to check when the sun is setting and plan your ceremony and reception accordingly so that you have enough time for photographs outdoors. Alternatively, choose a venue that has beautiful indoor settings that can provide the perfect backdrop.

Plan your perfect wedding experience at our exceptional venue

At Idle Winds, just 14kms from Fourways, we offer our clients a team of professional, experienced event staff to ensure that your day goes off perfectly. With onsite wedding planners, wait staff and chefs, we can assist you with everything from choosing linens and cutlery to setting up and taking down décor on the day. We are also happy to accommodate your own selection of service providers on the day.

We also offer you and your wedding guests use of our onsite-accommodation. This consists of 58 double and twin-sized rooms and you also have the option to include a wedding breakfast in your package.

If you would like to find out more about our wedding venue, reception and ceremony options as well as the packages we offer, please contact us today. Our wedding planner and team will be happy to assist you and guide you around our beautiful country venue.

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