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7 Ways To Have A Winter Wedding

My best friend Amanda and her boyfriend Dan have just become engaged. They are planning to marry in December 2012.

Amanda wants a white wedding – but when she says white wedding, she doesn’t mean donning a white dress and walking up the aisle in her local church. No. The white wedding she has in mind means getting married in the snow.

It’s a great idea, and as with all destination weddings, it’s a wedding and a honeymoon all rolled into one.

And the best part is, not only am I going to be her chief bridesmaid, but she has asked me to help plan the wedding.

So during the past week I have done some research and I have come up with what I think are 7 great options for a ‘white wedding’

1. Austria

If you’re planning a destination wedding in the snow, then Austria is an excellent choice. Packages can be tailor-made to suit your requirements but most packages include:

  • a wedding planner
  • choice of wedding venue
  • horse drawn carriage to ceremony
  • wedding music
  • bridal bouquet
  • flowers
  • photography

2. The Canadian Rockies

If you are looking for a really stunning location with incredible views and surrounded by snow, then look no further than the beautiful Canadian Rockies. This is a place with scenery like you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

Several wedding packages are available but a typical one, such as the Lake Louise package will give you:

  • services of a wedding planner
  • choice of venue
  • civil ceremony including licence
  • bridal bouquet
  • groom’s buttonhole
  • bottle of sparkling wine

3. Italy

The Italian Alps must surely be one of the most romantic and magical destinations for a winter wedding. With it’s lakes, mountain peaks, and snowy landscapes, Italy in winter is truly a winter wonderland. There are wedding packages here to suit all budgets, and a typical package here in the Alps would include:

  • luxury hotel with view of the alps
  • services of a wedding planner
  • wedding ceremony in an historical chateaux
  • photographer
  • flowers
  • mountain candlelit dinner

4. Lapland

If you are looking for a truly unique wedding in a fairytale setting, then this is what you will find in Lapland. Think log fires, igloos, reindeer sleighs, husky sleds, snow-capped trees, log cabins, Chapels carved from ice.

And for even more romance why not choose to marry in a Lappish Shaman’s hut in the middle of a snow covered pine forest? Make your vows in the little room lit by twinkling lanterns and candles. Drink a toast to each other by a log fire before going to sleep on cosy reindeer pelts.

5. Switzerland

The village of Zermatt in Switzerland is the choice of many couples who are seeking a winter-white wedding. This quaint Swiss mountain village, with it’s cobbled streets is just perfect for a small, intimate wedding.

Weddings here are conducted in the Riffelberg church which holds up to 20 people, and is situated near to the Matterhorn.  Because cars are not allowed in this village, you can choose either to walk to the church, or you can arrive for your wedding on skis.

6. Aspen, USA

If you want to combine a beautiful snow white wedding with a ski-ing honeymoon, then you should seriously consider Aspen, Colorado as your destination.

With its beautiful mountain scenery, wonderful shopping, restaurants, and hotels Aspen has to be a great place to get married. Weddings here are all about luxury.

You can choose to make your vows high up in the mountains, or in one of the luxurious hotels. Or you may want to step back in time and be driven in a horse drawn sleigh through the snow clad Aspen trees to your wedding venue.

7. Slovenia

If you want to be truly spoiled on your wedding day then this is the perfect destination for you. The snow- topped peaks and breathtaking scenery make the most amazing backdrop for wedding photographs. A typical wedding package here includes:

  • a wedding planner
  • transport to ceremony in horse drawn carriage
  • register office ceremony
  • bridal bouquet
  • photographer and 30 photographs
  • wedding cake and wine
  • room upgrade

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Seating Plans

When it comes to planning a wedding, some jobs are more difficult and time consuming than others. And organising your seating plan is definitely one of those things.

It seems complicated, but it just needs a bit of careful thought and a lot of patience.

So I’ve put together a list of 7 of the most frequently asked questions about seating plans, and I really hope you find this helpful.

1. Why Do I Need A Seating Plan?

If you are having a very small wedding, or you’re having a buffet meal it’s not quite so important to have a seating plan. But for anything more than this, believe me (and I speak from personal experience) having a seating plan is an absolute must.

For a start, people seem to be happier if they have an organised seat. People won’t be rushing from table to table looking for the best seats. It also means there will be less fuss, people will sit down more quickly, and you won’t get one person who decides to take charge and shuffle everyone around and reorganise everybody.

2. When Should I Make The Plan?

Making the seating plan is not an easy job, and it’s definitely not a 5 minute job. So you do need to give yourself plenty of time. But having said that, it’s always difficult when people are slow to send back their RSVPs.

But as soon as you have a reasonably good idea of who will be attending your wedding, then you should begin to make your plan.

3. Who Should I Sit Where?

Well of course there are certain people that you will want to sit at your top table.

But when it comes to the rest of your guests, you will need to sit your family members and your closest friends on the tables nearest to your top table. Work colleagues and other guests can then be seated on the remaining tables.

And not forgetting your elderly guests –  they need to be sat where they can see and hear everything that is going on.

4. How Should I Plan The Top Table?

Well, there are no real hard and fast rules – etiquette is much more relaxed these days, but you and your new husband should sit in the centre. It’s usual then to have both sets of parents, your chief bridesmaid, and your husband’s best man also sat at your table.

5. Where Should I Sit Singles?

This is always going to be a tricky one. And speaking as someone who has been to a few functions without a partner, I know how it feels to sit at a table where you don’t know anyone. I also know how uncomfortable it feels when well meaning hosts try match making by sitting you with another single.

So make sure any singles are sat amongst people they know, and never all sat together at one table.

6. Where Should I Sit Children?

Of course, really little children need to be sat with their parents. As do children that are a little bit bigger, but might be inclined to get bored.

It’s always nice to give the teenagers and the younger guests their own table.

7. How Will Guests Know Where To Sit?

Once your seating plan is finalised you can give it to your wedding coordinator if you have one, or the person in charge at your venue. They can then put the plan up on some easels at the entrance to the venue.

Guests will know where they are sitting before they go into the venue. They will know exactly
which table to head for and it’s then just a case of finding their place name.

Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 4: The Shoes

This is the 4th part of a 7 part wedding budget guide. You can check out the other parts here:

Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 1: The Wedding Dress
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 2: The Reception
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 3: The Cake
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 4: The Shoes

Now you’ve found your perfect wedding gown, it’s time to start looking for the accessories to compliment it.

You’ve probably got a list – veil, tiara, lingerie, jewellery, make-up, gloves, handbag – the list goes on and on, and the costs soon begin to add up.

But one of the most important accessories you will need to buy are your wedding shoes.

And if you’ve already been looking around, you will have seen that bridal shoes can be very expensive.

To help you out with this problem, I’ve put together the following quick guide where I’ll show you 3 simple ways to save you a big chunk of money on your wedding shoes.

Make Your Own Designer Shoes

Why not buy a pair of regular plain white shoes and decorate them yourself, by adding your own embellishments. You can simply decorate your shoes by sticking pretty bows, crystals and sparkly beads on them. Or for a really glam look, spray your shoes with a glitter shoe dye.

Your shoes will be unique, exactly what you want, and you won’t be paying the high prices of the designer shops.

Insanely Cheap Shoes On Line

If you are looking for a pair of designer shoes at a great bargain price, then the Internet is a good place to start. EBay is one of the best sights to browse when you are looking for wedding shoes.

This site always has a large selection of both traditional and modern shoes. In fact wedding shoes in all shapes, sizes, and colours. And many different styles, from flip-flops to killer heels.

This site also has many discontinued styles, and samples from bridal boutiques and wedding shows, and foreign imports which are much cheaper.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that new stock appears on this site almost every day, so if you keep checking back it won’t be long before you find exactly the pair of shoes you are looking for.

Think Outside The Box

There’s a third way to approach this, but you have to think outside the box. Instead of saving money on your wedding shoes, save money on the shoes you won’t have to buy.

So pay the full price for a glamorous pair of of designer wedding shoes, and make the savings on all the shoes you won’t have to bu if your wedding shoes will work for other occasions.

Most people wear their wedding shoes just for their wedding, and then put them back in their box where they remain. But just think of all the times you could wear your beautiful shoes:

  • christmas parties
  • weddings
  • future anniversaries
  • vacations
  • girl’s nights out
  • in other words, any chance you get

So when you are buying your shoes, make sure you select a pair that will be versatile, and will work for all the different occasions I mentioned above.

Check Out The Previous Part Of This Wedding Budget Guide:
Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 3: The Cake