Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, so why not make sure everyone spends some quality time together by throwing the best-ever Christmas Wedding?
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 every aspect of your wedding can take place under one roof. At Hayne House, The Orangery is the perfect place to host your civil ceremony, wedding reception and evening party!
The cosy winter atmosphere is a must for a winter wedding! So, make sure you pick a venue with fires so they can be lit and create the perfect festive vibes. It is also best to try and see your venue during wintertime, so you can visualise how your wedding day will look. We are lucky to have a glass house Orangery which allows for lots of natural light all year round.
Check out our upcoming Open Days at Hayne House to see us in our winter glory!
IF WE ARE GETTING MARRIED AT CHRISTMAS, SHOULD WE GET MARRIED NEAR TO WHERE WE LIVE?
Whilst this isn’t a must, if you have moved away from your hometown but your core family still lives there, to guarantee your guest list, getting married at home is always a good way to ensure a good turnout of relatives and friends. As Chris Rea sings, they will be ‘Driving home for Christmas’ and your wedding!
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 winter wedding are dates which lead up to Christmas say the week or weekend before! It is always good to book in advance as Christmas time is busy for most and you want your nearest and dearest to mark it in their social calendars.
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 hot toddy 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. For a gorgeous colour pallet, you can utilise traditional greens, tartans, deep reds, plums or even vibrant oranges and modern winter whites, crystals, and silvers.
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. We love going to pick our Christmas tree from the farm next door, spending a day singing Christmas Carols and decorating our tree.
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 canapés, 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 and chose an extra special upgrade of our local Gusbourne’s vintage sparkling wine.
WHAT MUSIC SHOULD WE PLAY AT A CHRISTMAS WEDDING?
To ensure you get everyone into the Christmas spirt you should talk to your DJ. The Wedding Chaps, our resident DJs, 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 The Chaps believe you can’t go wrong with Dean Martin or Bing Crosby.
WHAT WEDDING FAVOURS SHOULD WE GIVE OUR GUESTS?
To keep wedding favours simple, easy, and sustainable, why not go for a simple donation to your local homeless shelter or food bank?
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.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Hayne House Open Days!