5 Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings in Manitoba are so romantic with many beautiful, warm and inviting venues to choose from. And, because they are unique, it's a great opportunity to splurge on a small budget as some of the best vendors offer discounts during this off season. Today I am sharing 5 tips for planning a winter wedding.

1. Send Save the Date cards well in advanceEspecially if it is around a main holiday. Let your guests know of your big day before they plan their out of town vacations or schedule get-togethers. Guests should receive their Save the Date 6 to 9 months in advance of your wedding day. Just make sure your stationery still sets the tone for a winter wedding.

2. Hold your ceremony and reception at one location. It's cold outside! Save your guests the trouble of chilly and slippery travels between venues and use the time between your ceremony and dinner for a cocktail hour. Your guests will appreciate staying warm and not having to find something to do between scheduled events.

A spacious foyer connects The Fort Garry Hotel Crystal and Concert Ballrooms on the 7th floor. These three spaces allow for an elegant flow from ceremony, to cocktail hour to reception. Image by  Sugar & Soul Photography .

A spacious foyer connects The Fort Garry Hotel Crystal and Concert Ballrooms on the 7th floor. These three spaces allow for an elegant flow from ceremony, to cocktail hour to reception. Image by Sugar & Soul Photography.

3. Serve a warm beverage. Consider offering a signature tea after dinner. Though your signature beverage doesn't necessarily need to be warm, such as tea or coffee. Red wine, whisky, spiced rum, and apple cider are all examples of rich beverages that put a fire in your belly.

Styling by Feast & Festivities, Image by  Sugar & Soul Photography

Styling by Feast & Festivities, Image by Sugar & Soul Photography

4. Oh the weather outside is frightful...embrace it! A Manitoba winter provides so many opportunities for great photos outside. Depending on the weather that day, you may be so lucky to get beautiful snowflakes falling, glistening fields of snow, or crisp foggy breath captured oh so perfectly in your wedding photos. It's also a great excuse to add some beautiful accessories to your attire, such as a scarf or mittens to match your colour palette.

5. Step outside the box for a colour palette. Winter doesn't mean white and you don't have to stick to deep or soft colour palettes. A red and pink colour theme or even so far as a neon winter wedding can be beautiful, and very unique.

We love winter weddings here at Feast & Festivities, and so do guests! Such a romantic and celebratory event is something to truly look forward to over the coldest, darkest season of the year. If you're thinking of choosing a winter wedding, give us a shout! We would love to help out.


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Sparkling Ginger Apple Cider Recipe

We served this apple cider beverage this past weekend at my newborn son's welcoming party. Avoiding the off-the-shelf apple ciders, I created my own with fresh apple juice and a few special additions for unexpected flavour.

Serve warm or cold, spiked or not, this Sparkling Ginger Apple Cider recipe is straight from the Feast & Festivites kitchen and a guest favourite. 

Recipe and styling by Feast & Festivities. Images captured by  Gabrielle Touchette Photography .

Recipe and styling by Feast & Festivities. Images captured by Gabrielle Touchette Photography.

I use Simply Apple 100% pure-pressed apple juice found in the refrigerated juice section of the grocery store. It's the freshest you can get, aside from juicing your own.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves 12

Sparkling Ginger Apple Cider Served

Ingredients
2 litres 100% pure apple juice
1 navel orange, sliced
2 inches fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 litre sparkling water
Turbinado sugar
Fresh orange slices

Add apple juice, orange, ginger, and spices to large pot and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve warm or let cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When serving cold, mix two parts ginger apple cider with one part sparkling water over ice. Rim glass with turbinado sugar and garnish with a slice of orange.