Christmas is wonderful time of year, so why not make sure everyone spends some quality time together by throwing the best-ever private Christmas Wedding party?
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO BOOK A CHRISTMAS WEDDING?
The most unpredictable aspect of planning a Christmas Wedding is probably the weather, so you should ideally choose a venue where nearly every aspect of your wedding can take place in one building; your civil ceremony, wedding reception and dancing. When visiting a venue you should check with them how cosy and atmospheric it will be in December and that they are happy to light the fires for your wedding.
We are lucky at Hayne House as, located with 35 acres of landscaped grounds, we grow our own trees so that our gardener can keep us topped up with seasoned wood, ensuring there are delightful roaring fires for the whole of the festive period.
You should also ask the venue if they could show you pictures of their gardens in winter. As you will get less natural daylight time for photographs, it is important that the grounds are manicured and have good structures and features for your backdrops.
IF WE ARE GETTING MARRIED AT CHRISTMAS SHOULD WE GET MARRIED NEAR TO WHERE WE LIVE?
If you have moved away from home but your parents still live in a small village – where you were bought up – at Christmas you are more likely to ensure a good turnout of relatives and friends you grew up with; as Chris Rea sings, they will be ‘Driving home for Christmas’.
WHAT ARE THE BEST DATES TO BOOK A CHRISTMAS WEDDING ON?
Winter months are becoming increasingly popular. Most couples will book their wedding date at least 18 months in advance, so the best dates to book for a 2018 festive wedding would be a Friday or Saturday from the Friday 23rd November until and including Saturday 15th December 2018. After that most venues, unless a hotel, are likely to be closed for Christmas. However, if you are on a budget, then you might get lucky and sneak in a lower priced Christmas Wedding as late as Wednesday 19th or Thursday 20th December 2018.
HOW SHOULD WE DECORATE OUR VENUE FOR A CHRISTMAS WEDDING?
At Hayne House we like to use real bunches of rose hips, ivy, holly berries and spruce all over the house, as it is our belief that at this time of the year you can’t go over the top with winter foliage. We also like to include bunches of eucalyptus as, along with a glass of some warm Winter Pimms or mulled wine, the lit wood-burning fires, real oranges ‘dotted’ with cloves, this ensures the house is filled with those all-important nostalgic festive scents. Along with the traditional greens, you can add in a twist of tartan. We also like hurricane candles, silverware, a few baubles and a sculptural piece or two.
We also love opulent rich berry shades of deep reds, plums, aubergine, moody purples interspersed with winter whites or combined with intense, vibrant oranges, something we can’t get enough of. For a more modern look you can go for a deep navy and shimmering silver.
SHOULD WE INCLUDE A CHRISTMAS TREE AS PART OF OUR WEDDING DECOR?
You might want to check with the venue if they put up a Christmas tree and if so, how it is decorated, as you would not want it to clash with your theme but ideally to complement it. The team here at Hayne House love decorating the Christmas tree with traditional reds and golds. The gardener always selects one that fits perfectly in the space below the stairs and we decorate it whilst playing Christmas Carols.
SHOULD WE INCLUDE LIGHTS IN OUR CHRISTMAS DECOR?
When viewing the venue ask if the grounds are illuminated – that way you could ensure you have some special night-time outdoor images.
Indoors at Hayne House, we love copious amounts of fairy lights and clusters of tea lights in metallic or glass holders. Especially when they sit alongside wintery flowers and foliage, including mossy branches and mistletoe, which you should hang in your photo booth or just above the door for that all-important kiss goodnight.
WHAT TYPES OF DRINKS SHOULD WE SERVE AT A CHRISTMAS WEDDING?
Nothing brings with it the Christmas spirit more than a merry serving of alcoholic beverages to be enjoyed by all. For your reception drinks, at Hayne House we still love a glass of bubbles, but depending on your colour scheme you can add cranberry juice or a pop of some fresh berries.
For a warming cocktail to go with your festive canapes, we are all partial to Winter Pimms. The team at Hayne House believe we have the perfect recipe, which includes fresh apples and cinnamon sticks.
For your toast drink why not frost the edge of the glasses or add a splash of kir royale to your bubbles.
WHAT MUSIC SHOULD WE PLAY AT A CHRISTMAS WEDDING?
To ensure you get everyone into the Christmas spirt you should talk to your DJ. Harry Kilb, our resident DJ, said making sure you have a festive selection of music along with your favourites will help create the mood you are after. You can pick a selection of festive carols but Harry said that the very best include performers to play over dinner include Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.
WHAT CANAPES SHOULD WE CHOOSE FOR A CHRISTMAS WEDDING?
Clare from Touchays (our Handpicked Caterer) said that there are many fabulous Christmas canapes, but the most successful are her mini pigs in blankets, cranberry and brie mini tartlets, followed by those fabulously festive not-too-sweet early in the day, mini mince pies. She also gave us a great table styling tip of adding cinnamon and berries tied with some velvet ribbon around your napkins and inserting striped candy canes for the children.
WHAT WEDDING FAVOURS SHOULD WE GIVE OUR GUESTS?
To keep wedding favours simple and easy to source, Christmas Crackers are a must but at this time of the year you can have fun and wrap anything up. Clare from Touchays also loves the use of Pinecones to hold your guests name cards.
A great venue, great food, great guests, and the right decorations makes a great party atmosphere and turns your wedding into a Christmas to remember.
Why not book the purpose build Orangery here at Hayne House for your 2018 winter wedding and Let it snow! Let it snow. Let it snow!
WHY ATTEND AN OPEN DAY?
If you haven’t booked a wedding venue, we believe that attending an Open Day is a far more relaxed and inspiring way of viewing the venue, meeting the staff and being inspired. At our Open Day on Sunday 13th November 2016, it certainly brought smiles to our recently engaged couples who were looking to book the new purpose built Orangery, opening in April 2018.
If you are recently engaged (or know someone else looking for a garden wedding in Kent in 2017 or 2018), why not book to come along to our next Open Day on Sunday 8th January 2017 between 10am and 4pm? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01303 262555
DJ Harry Kilb http://www.harrykilbweddingdj.co.uk
Bows by Tania http://www.bowschaircovers.co.uk
Catering by Clare & Russell http://www.touchays.com
Photography by David Fenwick http://www.davidfenwick.co.uk
Photography by Fleur Chalis http://fleurchallisphotography.com
Photography by Ryan Cox http://ryancoxphotography.com/
Photography by Emma at http://www.whitelightphotographic.co.uk